FOCUS ON: On-Demand Independent Work

Employee or contractor – that is the question facing state regulators in New York and California. Labor protection definitions and debates are surrounding delivery services such as Uber, Lyft, and Door Dash. As costs go up for these companies (while profitability decreases), will employment opportunities go down? Keep up with the legislation and the discussions by reading more in the Wall Street Journal.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: Definitions and Drawbacks

Occasional workers are defined by the call for flexibility. Demographically, the gig worker does not look that much different than the rest of the U.S. workforce, in terms of gender, location, education, income and age. The prevalence and types of gig jobs has changed, specifically the growth in white-collar, tech jobs. While the need for income (particularly for support or as a supplement) is a big motivator, there are drawbacks. Read more from the Society for Human Resource Management.

YOUR LIBRARY: The Importance of Work in Age of Uncertainty

The rise of the gig economy is not the only reason Americans are suffering despite low unemployment. David L. Blustein, Ph.D., says it is the “growing impermanence of the U.S. Economy.” His newest book emphasizes the effect of precarious work (i.e., “short-term or contract jobs with minimal protections”) when describing the complex reality of the American labor market. Read more from Dr. Blustein.

TOP TEN: Years in a Gig Economy

Benefits of this work include more flexibility and lower costs to the company. This is offset by a potential downside: compromised security. Finding gig workers require employers to first define specific talent needs. What else has been learned in the last ten years? Read more from Grow Wire.

QUOTES

“To people I know in the bottom income brackets, living paycheck to paycheck, the Gig Economy has been old news for years. What’s new is the way it’s hit the demographic that used to assume that a college degree from an elite school was the passport to job security.”>~ ~ Tina Brown

“Trends such as skills imbalances, the gig economy, and digitization are transforming work so quickly that policy creation is lagging behind.”>~ ~ Alain Dehaze

 

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