The workers who make the Japanese shows the world is binge-watching can earn as little as $200 a month. Many wonder how much longer they can endure it.
A more generous loan formula for solo ventures is meant to get more very small businesses into the Paycheck Protection Program. But bigger applicants face a two-week pause.
The Biden administration has an opportunity to restore basic labor protections to the people who deliver our groceries and drive for Uber and Lyft.
From tariffs and trade to the status of Uber drivers, regulators are trying to install new rules or reduce regulations before President-elect Joe Biden takes over.
More than a dozen couriers have died this year. Some died after complaining of unbearable workloads that kept them on the clock from dawn until past midnight.
A pandemic relief program allows no forgiveness of overpayments, even when recipients are not at fault and the funds are already spent.
The delivery company’s shares started trading at $182 each, 78 percent above its initial public offering price of $102, in a sign of investor appetite.
Delivery drivers have been essential to feeding New York, while boosting sales for companies like DoorDash and Uber. But they say work conditions have gotten worse.
The company’s performance renewed questions about whether “gig economy” businesses can turn a profit.
A voter-approved measure strips them of basic protections enjoyed by employees in other businesses.
A successful ballot measure in California makes drivers and other workers contractors, but the companies face continued pushback.
The gig companies wrote new labor laws that are almost impossible to change.
The victory of Proposition 22, the most expensive initiative in the state’s history, could help gig companies remake labor laws throughout the country.
A group that also includes Lyft and DoorDash has spent nearly $200 million to support a California proposition that could save them from a new labor law.
The ruling adds new urgency to a ballot measure in the state that would exempt the companies from a new labor law intended to give gig workers more employment rights.
Whether because of layoffs or a desire for a new challenge, older people are becoming entrepreneurs at an increasing rate.
Gig workers deserve the dignity of fair compensation.
The city became the second in the nation to create a compensation standard for ride-hailing drivers, after New York.
The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.
Weekly tallies of jobless claims were not meant to be treated as an economic indicator. The pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of doing so.
Workers for a home services company say they face sexual harassment and unfair fees. A civil rights group is asking California regulators to step in.
Many symptoms of Covid-19 were difficult, but losing my ability to taste hurt the most.
We’re in limbo as the ride-hailing company spends millions fighting a new state law.
The companies, under legal pressure to reclassify their drivers as employees, said they would halt rides unless an appeals court gives them permission to continue.
Several countries with fragile tourist economies have started to offer visas that allow foreign nationals to live and work for a period of at least six months.
Under pressure to classify their freelance drivers as full-time employees, the ride-hailing companies are discussing another option.
Government efforts to subsidize wages and prevent layoffs have kept many in jobs, but they aren’t sheltering an army of precarious workers.
Gig workers want both flexibility and benefits — we support laws that could make that possible.
Facing a loss of hours, unsecured wages and slow reopenings, some unemployed Britons are reconsidering their livelihoods.
A federal judge’s decision in New York is a key victory in efforts to secure the protections extended to other workers.
Working from home creates economic winners and losers. It can benefit highly skilled employees but depress others’ wages and make it hard to organize.
Could changes to telecasts made during the coronavirus pandemic become permanent?
For many people, making a living is a cobbled-together proposition. That leaves a hole in the safety net when things turn bad.
Black artists, models, designers and other creative professionals say they have been used to lend legitimacy to diversity campaigns while being underpaid and pigeonholed.
A lawsuit by the state’s attorney general adds to pressure on the companies to consider their drivers full-time employees.
Uber and Lyft hailed a Cornell paper’s conclusion that their drivers make solid wages. But others have questioned the researchers’ approach.
Many gig-based business models help customers take advantage of workers. Let’s stop giving tech companies a free ride.
With short videos and paid newsletters, everyone from superstars to half-forgotten former athletes and even journalists can, as one tech figure put it, “monetize individuality.”
Gerald Timothee walks miles everyday to deliver groceries, taking every precaution against the coronavirus. He rarely sees his customers anymore.
The ride-hailing companies are accused of defying a new state law that says gig workers should be treated as employees.
Some European companies seem to be targeting workers who are the easiest to fire or have the least bargaining power, even as the firms seek government help.
The job promises flexible hours, a connection to nature and irresistible Instagram content. But is it recession-proof?
They draw crowds, generate income and play a unique role in spurring creativity. Now the coronavirus threatens the future of this tenuous ecosystem.
An acclaimed young ensemble was making a fragile but sustainable living. Then the bottom dropped out.
Production has ground to a halt, leaving a vast number of people without work and others trying to figure out how to finish projects remotely.
California’s move to aid gig workers may break federal rules. But the state said it had few options after the ride-hailing companies resisted other benefits.
Crashing websites, disconnected calls and problems with state-issued debit cards are common for the 1.2 million New Yorkers seeking relief.
Assignments have dried up for many photographers. Others risk going into the fray to capture images of a changed world.
This is what a country a month into lockdown looks like: desperate, hungry and scared.