Three federal public policy changes impacting employed and contingent workers could significantly buffer anticipated impacts of automation, Artificial Intelligence and a changing economy.
Many vulnerable workers aren't covered for work-related injuries and illness. Employment law is largely a federal matter while compensation schemes are state-run, but there's a way to fix the problem.
The California Supreme Court made it harder to classify workers as independent contractors. But it's not quite the 'game changer' some observers claim it to be.
While disability carers are employed to work part-time hours, they often have long work days with short periods of work interspersed with non-work periods.
Many gig workers are classified as independent contractors, leaving them without minimum wages and other workplace protections. Creating a new category of worker could fix that.
With more Australian workers joining the gig economy, questions about how these workers will fare in their retirement are becoming more pressing.
Whether or not food delivery workers feel exploited is irrelevant, because they have few other options.