Ana Maria Suciu

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Gig Economy Is Growing, But Not Growing Up

You weren’t totally imagining it! There really is a fast-growing contingent of Americans who get by on a variety of employments, none of them a …

Gig Economy

The gig economy: More people might have jobs than you think

America is a tale of two job markets.<p>The U.S. economy in recent months isn't adding a healthy number of jobs. However, the unemployment rate is at a robust 5.1%, almost half of the 10% it was at during the aftermath of the financial crisis.<p>What gives?<p>A missing piece of the puzzle could be the part …

Why Presidential Candidates Are Starting To Pay Attention To The Gig Economy

A new survey supports the case that freelancers are a legitimate—and growing—political constituency.<p>Last winter, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) began to investigate the “gig economy,” or, in less trendy terms, the United States’ growing population of freelancers. Throughout the next months, he hosted …

Hillary Clinton takes aim at Uber during speech on 'gig economy'

The topic of job creation has long been a staple of US presidential elections, but some jobs born out of today's on-demand economy have raised the concern of at least one candidate.<p>In comments aimed squarely at companies like Uber, Hillary Clinton, a candidate for the Democratic party's nomination, …

Why Not Bring the Gig Economy to the Government?

A ‘gig economy’ of freelancers is catching on<p>Politicians and policy makers are becoming intensely interested in the “gig economy.” This is the vaporous new world in which people prefer to freelance rather than work full-time for a single employer. According to one study, a third of the jobs in the …

Gig Economy

Welcome To The Share The Crumbs Economy

But here’s where the share-the-crumbs economy becomes even more sinister, raising an ongoing labor tragedy into a profound existential crisis. In a …

New York University

Bernie Sanders, “Socialist Versus Democratic Socialist,” And The Gig Economy

Coming off the first Democratic debate, here’s clarification on Senator Bernie Sanders’s ideology, and what it could mean to gig workers.<p>The meanings of words and phrases change. Dictionaries are updated to add new ones and also to reflect the current usage of old ones—but even with a dictionary, …

How many people work in the 'gig economy'?

According to a new Pew Research Center study, the number of Americans who identify themselves as self-employed is on the decline. But isn’t everybody saying goodbye to their day jobs and just putting their houses on AirBnB and driving for Lyft or Uber? Experts call it the “gig economy.” More people …

Employment

The 'Gig' is Up: How Class Action Lawsuits Threaten Companies Like Uber | The Takeaway | WNYC

Companies like Uber and TaskRabbit have been thriving in the so-called "gig economy." But the gig may soon be up, thanks to a number of class action …

An Enduring Mystery of the ‘Gig Economy’: Why Are So Few People Self-Employed?

By<p>Josh Zumbrun<p>Josh Zumbrun<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JoshZumbrun<p>josh.zumbrun@wsj.com<p>The <b>Pew Research Center</b> has a new report today that looks at self-employment in the U.S. and its role in creating jobs. But the data in the report exposes one of the more perplexing mysteries about the modern …

Employment

Finally, A Semi-Sensible Suggestion About The Gig Economy

The usual worry warts are tying themselves up in knots over the rise of the gig economy. Given that companies like Uber, TaskRabbit and all the rest are using people as independent contractors, then where are all those safe, secure, jobs with benefits going to come from? Or even, as people aren’t …

The gig economy is coming. Politics isn't ready

Uber, TaskRabbit and other "online talent platforms" can make us all richer, but the state should ensure those who get work using them are treated properly<p>The job is dead. Long live the gig. That’s the anthem of the companies that are shaking up our economies and will soon do the same to our …

How to give gig-economy workers stability

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Gig Economy Companies Pledge To Improve Jobs

A new pledge asks digital economy companies to commit to creating “good work.” But what does that mean?<p>Many workers who take jobs on “gig economy” platforms like Uber, Handy, Instacart, and Taskrabbit are independent contractors who aren’t entitled to the same benefits, insurance, and other social …

The Doublespeak of the Gig Economy

Words such as “job,” “employment,” and “work” fail to capture what is happening in today’s labor market.<p>Over the past 50 years, the main source of employment in the United States has shifted from the manual to the mental—from doing things with one’s hands to delivering a service or a feeling. As …

Gig Economy

Uber & Lyft Aren't Among 'Gig Economy' Companies Pledging to Treat Workers Well

"Gig economy" workers get second-class treatment.<p>Many of today’s workers don’t work a typical job with a typical employer, but instead make money as …

Gig Economy

Sen. Mark Warner Wants To Know How Many Gig Workers There Are

He says it will cost the federal government around $1.57 million to find out.<p>Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat who's been making regulation of the gig economy something of a pet issue, asked Congress for some assistance on Monday. Ten years ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted a …

Gig Economy Workers Buy Like They Work: No Commitment

Across from a Midtown office I sometimes use there are two gyms. One is a meticulously kept “experience,” boasting new equipment and colors …

The Labor Prospect: Gig Economy Skeptics

Clinton doubles down on $12, postal workers want Sanders, and why the gig economy may not be as big a deal as you think.<p><i>Welcome to</i> The American …

Why The CEO Of Fiverr Thinks The Future Of Work Is About The Gig Economy

Today’s guest on The Future of Work Podcast is Micha Kaufmann, the CEO of Fiverr, which started off as a website where you could get any digital (and some physical) task done for $5. Now it has become a true freelance marketplace that has expanded well beyond that original concept. Today many …

The Problem With Worker Protections And Benefits In The Gig Economy

This is actually an interesting problem that the new gig economy of Uber, TaskRabbit and the rest is throwing up. How do we provide those usual employment protections to people who are, legally and for the moment at least, working as independent contractors, not employees? Those benefits and …

The lawyer looking to kill the ‘gig economy’

Shannon Liss-Riordan appeared outnumbered and outclassed.<p>In a San Francisco federal court hearing late last month, Liss-Riordan and a colleague …

San Francisco

New technology meets old labor laws in the gig economy

On December 9, the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project hosted a series of panel discussions in an event titled “Modernizing labor laws in the …

Gig Economy

When Will Labor Laws Catch Up With the Gig Economy?

Companies such as Uber will get regulated eventually—but whether that's the best way to help on-demand workers is still being debated.<p>If asked to define the variously named sharing/gig/on-demand economy, anyone would struggle. Despite the fact that Uber and Airbnb have become household names, most …

Why the Gig Economy May Be Overhyped

Despite the widespread discussion of companies increasingly using independent contractors, there's no definitive proof that more people are turning to freelance work.<p><i>This story first appeared on Huffington Post.</i><p>There has been a lot of hype lately about the so-called gig economy. It's huge! It's …

Income Inequality

Organizing bill aims to provide safety net for workers in 'gig' economy

There's about to be a new twist in the perpetual business-vs.- labor battle in California's Capitol, one particularly relevant to the 21st century.<p>It involves how best to protect workers in the expanding "gig" or "sharing" economy while not stifling its tech-driven growth.<p>We're talking about such …