The Biden Labor Department released a proposal on Oct. 11 that could
force regulators and courts to reclassify gig workers as employees
rather than independent contractors.
The stakes are high – not only is the gig economy devastating its
workers, but there are ongoing efforts to expand the model to nearly all
American workplaces. The good folks at McKinsey estimate
that 36 percent of the workforce (58 million Americans) are gig,
contract, freelance, and temporary workers – up from 27 percent in 2016.
And the numbers are only growing as inflation forces people to take on a second or third job
in order to make ends meet.
Here’s a rundown of some of the latest from the gig economy, as well
as reasons to be doubtful about ‘Amtrak Joe’s’ efforts to rein in the