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Jonathan Cheever is an Olympic snowboarder – and a plumber. AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

The other feats US Olympians pull off

A lack of federal funding for their training, travel or living expenses leaves many elite American athletes juggling day jobs and scrambling to pay their bills.
Congress missed a chance to make it easier for workers who book gigs through big digital companies to do their taxes. I MAKE PHOTO 17/Shutterstock.com

Congress failed to fix tax woes for gig workers

Companies like Uber and Etsy don't have to tell most of the people working with them how much they've earned. With the federal government so behind the curve, some states are changing their rules.
Gig workers are characterised as contractors rather than employees, and are paid per delivery rather than per hour. That’s why certain visa restrictions don’t apply to them. Charles Platiau/Reuters

Being exploited and breaching your visa: the limited choices of the food delivery worker

Whether or not food delivery workers feel exploited is irrelevant, because they have few other options.
Is freelancing the future of employment? Pixabay

Is freelancing the future of employment?

Freelancing is hardly the glamorous, coffee-fueled industry shown on TV. In OECD countries, most gig workers are in the service sector.
Gig workers saw their work as flexible but also with its risks. Reynaldo Vasconcelos/Newzulu/AAP

‘The way they manipulate people is really saddening’: study shows the trade-offs in gig work

A study shows the reality of gig worker experiences is far more nuanced than enjoying flexible work or being exploited.

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