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Journal article

14 Jun 2018
8

Under existing American labor, employment, and tax laws, in any one work relationship, a worker is either an “employee” or an “independent contractor.” This binary classification of workers, and the high-stakes outcomes it produces, have been challenged by “gig economy,” or “online platform” companies that...

Fact sheet

12 Jan 2017
9

Every day there’s a new story about the rise of on-demand platforms, freelancers, precarious workers, and the “gig economy.” But what do these terms really mean? How is work actually changing? Are we destined to become a nation of “gig workers,” or, as some headlines...

Report

1 Jan 2017
8

This report outlines a set of principles to guide the ongoing debate about how to expand economic security for the many who cannot currently rely on a job-based system of benefits.

Working paper

1 Jan 2017
9

A growing number of American workers earn income outside of traditional employee-employer relationships through self-employment and business ownership. This paper draws on administrative tax records to provide a more complete picture of the self-employed, including how they differ from employees (which we define as workers...

Report

26 Sep 2016
14

Fifty years ago, the average worker expected to stay with one employer for the duration of their career, and that employer provided a full suite of benefits that guaranteed economic security to the worker and their family. Today traditional full-time employment is no longer the...

Guide

13 Jul 2016
2

The Portable Benefits Resource Guide provides context and ideas for action to support both workers and innovation in cities and states, the laboratories of our democracy.

Report

16 Jun 2016
4

In the 21st century, as traditional work has become increasingly fissured and many of last century’s protections have eroded, America must once again re-examine our workforce safety net. The social contract that provided security and prosperity for previous generations is coming undone, as work becomes...

Report

17 Apr 2016
4

The discussion here is intended to serve as an introduction to the issues and policy options surrounding the patchwork economy, and the need for a new social contract. Much work remains on each of these questions, but the choices we make over the next few...

Fact sheet

22 Jul 2015
3

Misclassification of employees as independent contractors exacts an enormous toll on workers, law-abiding employers, and our economy. Accurate information on the prevalence of the problem, and on patterns of violations, can help government officials to direct their efforts at the worst violators and most problematic...

Report

18 Jun 2014
4

The maker movement is on the rise. There are already over one million Etsy sellers worldwide. Together, they sold over $1.35 billion worth of goods in 2013. The emerging maker movement offers the tantalizing promise of a better economy—one that puts people at the center...

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