June 25, 2017

A Senator Just Introduced The First-Ever National Gig Economy Bill

Mark Warner during the Commissioning Ceremony for the VIRGINIA (SSN 774)
By PHAN TIMOTHY BENSKEN, USN [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve ever taken a paid sick day, collected worker’s compensation, or contributed to an employer-backed retirement plan, you’ve taken advantage of benefits that are accessible only to traditional employees.

But millions of working Americans who aren’t classified as employees — whether they work in the gig economy, or as temp workers, or some other precarious work situation — don’t have these benefits.

On Thursday, the first piece of federal legislation aimed at addressing on-demand workers’ lack of benefits will be introduced by Virginia Democrat Sen. Mark Warner.

The bill would create a $20 million fund that organizations across the country could use to build and evaluate portable benefits programs for independent contractors.The idea behind portable benefits is that contract-based workers should, along with the company or companies where they work, pay jointly into a fund that can be […]

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