To understand the main concerns of gig workers from an HR/benefits point of view.
Some advocates have called for "portable" benefits for gig workers, allowing them to take benefits with them as they move between gigs.
Coming out of the pandemic is the understanding of the important for unemployment benefits for gig workers. The CARES Act temporarily extended this, leading to calls for a more permanent arrangement.
Google's contract workers infamously made the news by demanding benefits equal to the company's full-time workers.
Some things these workers were demanding are health care coverage, bonuses and intangible benefits like training and certification assistance.
In one survey, workers ranked health care coverage and paid vacation as the top benefit motivators.
Similarly, up to one-quarter of non-traditional workers report forgoing medical treatment due to high costs of their marketplace plans. Access to the marketplace, of course, then remains extremely important to gig workers.
Very few gig workers, as well, have access to retirement plans. Only 7% of temp agency workers surveyed can access employer-sponsored retirement compared to 46% of traditional workers.
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