Gig workers News

Nevada Gig Workers Should Get Stopped Benefits, Judge Rules

A Nevada judge said the state unemployment office has to begin paying pandemic relief benefits to out-of-work gig and independent workers who haven’t completely stopped working and were cut off from receiving payments. Judge Barry Breslow in Reno ruled that …

New York Court Rules Gig Drivers Are Employees Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Drivers for the online food delivery service Postmates Inc. are employees who are eligible for state unemployment insurance, New York’s top court has ruled. The ruling upsets the “gig” business model of courier service Postmates and other platforms like transportation …

Not All Workers Have Same Options for Avoiding Virus

A barber in Beijing is supporting his wife and child by charging food and other expenses to a credit card while he waits for his employer’s shop to reopen. A waiter at a barbecue restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, washes …

Hemp and CBD Remain Risky Businesses in Uncertain Legal and Gig Climate

Executives at Kirby Co.’s home office noticed an odd trend: Its door-to-door vacuum-cleaner salespeople were increasingly involved in the same side gig — pitching CBD oil. Kirby, whose parent company is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., didn’t like …

Paying Gig Workers Emerges as ‘Getaround’ Tactic to Defeat Employee Lawsuits

The perennial issue in the gig economy is whether workers should be classified as employees. Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc. and other companies that rely on contract work have dealt with this question in a number of ways: staging PR …

Hanover Offers Agents Small Business Platform Using CoverWallet Technology

The Hanover Insurance Group is debuting a digital platform to help independent agents acquire new small business customers including freelancers, contractors and other self-employed professionals. Calleed Insurago, the platform runs on technology from the digital agency CoverWallet, using analytics to …

EU Parliament Approves Law Establishing Basic Rights for Gig Workers

The European Parliament on Tuesday approved a law setting minimum rights for workers in the “gig economy,” a move that may benefit Uber drivers, Deliveroo and Just Eat food couriers and others. Gig workers are usually treated as independent contractors …

U.K. Food Delivery Service Riders Lose Employment Rights Bid

A trade union lost a U.K. court bid for the right to lobby Deliveroo over pay and conditions on behalf of the food-delivery service’s riders, in a rare setback for workers in the so-called gig economy. The Independent Workers Union …

Jobless Ranks May Be Inflated by Millions of Gig Workers

The hardest people to pin down in America’s labor market may be the gig workers: How many hours do they put in, where, and just how many are out there? The Labor Department, in a report Wednesday, said there are …

Sizing Up the Gig Economy

Look around, and it seems more Americans are working outside traditional full-time jobs — whether as freelance graphic designers or independent contractors or Uber drivers. Or maybe not. A government report this week suggested that the proportion of such jobs …