The gig economy : is the trend towards non-staff employees good for workers? (Book, 2016) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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The gig economy : is the trend towards non-staff employees good for workers?

The gig economy : is the trend towards non-staff employees good for workers?

Author: Eugene L Meyer; CQ Press.
Publisher: Washington DC : CQ Press, 2016. ©2016
Series: CQ researcher, v. 26, no. 12.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Enabled by the digital revolution, employers increasingly are outsourcing work to contractors and self-employed or part-time workers, many working off-site thanks to apps and Wi-Fi. Supporters of the so-called gig economy say it gives workers flexibility and freedom to work anytime and anywhere and allows struggling companies to survive and healthy firms to compete globally. But labor unions say outsourcing exploits  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eugene L Meyer; CQ Press.
OCLC Number: 945693507
Notes: Caption title.
"March 18, 2016."
Description: Pages 265-288 : illustrations (some in color) ; 28 cm.
Series Title: CQ researcher, v. 26, no. 12.
Responsibility: by Eugene L. Meyer.

Abstract:

Enabled by the digital revolution, employers increasingly are outsourcing work to contractors and self-employed or part-time workers, many working off-site thanks to apps and Wi-Fi. Supporters of the so-called gig economy say it gives workers flexibility and freedom to work anytime and anywhere and allows struggling companies to survive and healthy firms to compete globally. But labor unions say outsourcing exploits workers and undermines the economy by allowing companies to replace full-time employees with lower-paid workers without guaranteed hours, income, or benefits. And millions of laid-off workers must cobble together multiple jobs as independent contractors. On-demand gig workers, such as Uber drivers, are protesting their lack of benefits, while Uber lobbies local and state governments to exempt it from “old economy” wage and labor laws. Recently, however, some employers have begun hiring full-time employees with full benefits again, largely because of the high turnover rates and recruitment costs associated with the gig economy.
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