Supporting Workers in the Gig Economy

Problem

New technology has yielded a modern economy that allows greater flexibility for independent contractors, but because many of their jobs do not come with health insurance, retirement plans or paid leave, these workers are more vulnerable than many of their counterparts in the traditional workforce.

Solution

This proposal focuses on addressing the changing dynamic of work with a system of portable benefits that would allow those in the independent workforce, to access basic benefits available to workers in the traditional workforce. This safety net will save taxpayers as a whole in the long run while also caring for workers in the new economy.


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