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The Glamorization of the Gig Economy: Why We Need to Protect Our Increasingly Independent Workforce

By Harkirat Sangha Published January 15, 2022

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of workers that are leaving permanent employment for gig work, i.e., jobs that depend entirely on short-term contracts and freelance work. The independence of gig work comes with the tradeoff of crucial benefits such as health insurance, a promise of minimum wage, and sick pay. Although the path to changing current labor regulations is difficult and hazy, there is a dire need for legislation that grants gig workers basic employment rights.