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Ridesharing Workers of Gig Economy: What Census Numbers Show

How big is the gig economy? The answer depends on how one defines “gig economy.” Because there is no broadly accepted definition and no straightforward way to classify workers or jobs as “gig” or “not gig,” this report will focus …

Gig Worker Population Not as Big as Expected. Maybe.

The share of American workers in the “gig economy” has shrunk since 2005, according to a government report that some data-watchers cautioned omits key parts of the picture. The Labor Department on Thursday said that 10.1 percent of American employees …

Is GrubHub Case a Barometer for Independent Contractors Rules?

Food delivery company GrubHub Inc. may be one of the first tech firms to feel the impact of a ruling this week from California’s highest court that makes it easier for workers to prove they are a company’s employees and …

Uber, Tech Firms Helping Their Contract Workers Sign onto Obamacare

Uber Technologies Inc. and some smaller technology companies are launching campaigns to publicize Obamacare enrollment among their contract workers after the Trump administration slashed government marketing for the health program by 90 percent. Freelance and contract workers are an important …

Warming to Alternative Classifications for Gig Economy Workers

Judges and juries around the country are being asked to decide whether Uber and Lyft drivers and other participants in the “gig economy” are really independent contractors or just employees in disguise. But what if they’re something else altogether? Vince …

Maine Adopts Uniform Standard for ‘Independent Contractor’ Classification

Maine has adopted a new, uniform standard for who can be classified as an “independent contractor” for worker’s compensation and other employment-related cases. The change went into effect on Dec. 31, 2012. State officials say the uniform definition will help …