Gig Economy Resources

Policy Brief

Portable Benefits to Improve the Gig Worker Economy

Out-of-the-box thinking is needed to answer the long-term sustainability question for providing benefits and protections for those workers operating in the gig economy.

One such solution, portable benefits plans, could close the gap without needing to tinker with the decades-old employee vs. independent contractor classification problem.

Rather than focusing on the legal status of workers in the gig economy, employer contributions for gig workers to portable benefits plans should be exempted from the legal employment test instead.

With access to some of the basic benefits and coverage options of a traditional employee, working in the gig economy as a professional choice would be more feasible.

That means the gig economy as a whole could grow to be more sustainable with the retention of skilled workers and an influx of new full-time gig workers.

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Welcome to the Gig Economy

The benefits provided by a portable benefit plan can include anything, not just health coverage and unlike traditional coverage, a portable benefit plan doesn’t require a worker to stay with one app or another to maintain their coverage.

Libertas Institute Submits Comments Opposing DOL Independent Contractor Reclassification

The DOL’s proposed rule, reclassifying many independent contractors in the gig economy as employees, will complicate the relationship between gig workers and their customers — resulting in fewer jobs, reduced income, and less economic opportunity.

Libertas Institute Submits Comments Opposing NLRB Joint Employer Rule Making

This week, Libertas Institute submitted comments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) opposing its Notice of Proposed Rule Making titled, “Standard for Determining Joint-Employer Standard.”

Solving Gig Worker Problem will Open Up the Future of Work

The gig economy has transformed the way we live our lives. From food delivery to rideshare to freelance design, a whole bundle of services is at our fingertips. But the gig economy has a sustainability problem.