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Gig Economy #18

  • Paid sick leave
  • E-commerce in India
  • Audio engineer out of work
  • Multilevel marketing
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The Guardian

The cultural rescue package will set artists against institutions

The pandemic has deepened many fissures in British society. The lack of capacity in our health service, and the life-and-death consequences of inequality: so much has been exposed in glaring relief. The fragility of the way the arts are run in Britain has likewise become crashingly obvious.

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Vox EU

Paid sick leave during the COVID-19 health and labour market crisis

Paid sick leave is an important policy for protecting workers and their communities during a pandemic, serving not only to preserve jobs and incomes but also to contain the spread of the virus. This column examines how different countries implemented paid sick leave during the COVID-19 crisis. Evidence suggests such policies will facilitate an orderly end to lockdowns – and sustain workers during subsequent waves of infection – but only if temporary extensions are kept in place and broadened to include those workers currently denied coverage.

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Editor’s Note:

One of the overarching concerns with the gig economy in some places are policies on things like insurance and health. Here a team of economists digs into the impact of paid sick leave on COVID.

New Statesman

Agency England: How casual labour and lack of sick pay exposed care homes to coronavirus

As the UK approached its coronavirus peak in April, it became clear that working conditions were helping to drive the infection’s spread in care homes. Both nursing home staff and home visit carers told the New Statesman at the time that they could not afford to self-isolate, because statutory sick pay was either impossible to live on or was not available to them.

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Economic Times (Times of India)

E-commerce, logistics firms bring back blue-collar jobs as companies prepare for festive season

Bengaluru: Blue-collar job openings saw an uptick in sectors like e-commerce and logistics, according to HR consultancies which expect a further spike to come about as companies prepare to cater to the festive season demand. The vacant positions are mostly across roles in warehouse management, packaging, sorting, security and delivery, among others.

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Rolling Stone

Without Shows, Lizzo’s Audio Engineer Is Twitch Streaming, Trading Stocks, and Writing a Book

Blackwell got home on February 20th — but not long after, the nationwide ban on large gatherings wiped out all future plans. Four months later, and still without work, the jack-of-all-trades engineer is keeping busy with a collage of projects he never expected to take up: He spends his days building a following on Twitch, the immensely popular live-streaming platform for video gamers; studying the stock market for advantageous day trades; and developing material for a children’s book. (Yes, you read all that right.)

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Editor’s Note:

This newsletter has seen articles about the dire impact of the pandemic on gig workers in entertainment. Here Rolling Stone speaks with an audio engineer about how he is getting by.

RTE (Ireland)

110,000 people see cut in PUP from €350 to €203 a week

When the coronavirus struck, singer Mary Coughlan lost almost all her pre-booked gigs – including Glastonbury.

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Pandemic Schemes: How Multilevel Marketing Distributors Are Using the Internet — and the Coronavirus — to Grow Their Businesses

When Christine Baker, a financially strapped stay-at-home mom to two little girls, made up her mind to lose 30 lb., she took a cue from a friend who’d gotten fit with Beachbody. The company’s online workouts and diet products cost Baker about $160, but they worked.

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Editor’s Note:

A different form of work structure are multilevel marketing companies. Here a team from TIME looks into how the industry, perhaps bigger than you think, is catering to an audience hungry for jobs.

Fox Business

DoorDash food delivery rival app helping coronavirus-impacted restaurants retain profits

This food-ordering app promises not to devour restaurant revenue and reward eaters instead.

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A deep dive into the GCC’s cloud kitchen sector [part two]

Cloud kitchens are the backend equivalent of the food courts found in malls – several offerings all under one roof. They emerged as a response to the growth of online food delivery, enabling restaurants to reach a wider audience without the need to build physical locations.

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Hindu Business Line

Learning from US gig economy debate

What are the implications for India in terms of non-formal employment, labour laws and social security?

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