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  • Thousands of freelancers lose jobs
  • California freelancers lose legal battle
  • Wage pledge does little
  • Instacart to hire 300,000 gig workers


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The Conversation

As the coronavirus crisis unfolds, workers and families around the country are finding out how weak the U.S. social safety net is.


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The Guardian

From directors to independent cinema owners, freelancers to company owners: people in the film business on their struggles in a time of crisis.


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Yahoo Finance

As the new coronavirus locks down cities across the world, Uber and Lyft drivers face the possibility of financial ruin as more people remain in their homes to rein in the illness.


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Bloomberg

Freelance journalists and photographers in California are still bound, for now, by a state law that makes it harder for employers to classify workers as independent contractors.


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While the coronvirus crisis upends the gig economy world, its battles continue. Here Bloomberg Law reports on an effort against a new California measure meant to regulate things.

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The benefits of freelancing — working from home, setting her own schedule, not having to manage workplace politics — outweighed the cons — no benefits, hustling for work, getting clients to pay on time — so she made the jump.


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The Guardian

The government’s plan “to pay the wages of millions of workers across Britain to keep them in jobs” (UK government to pay 80% of wages for those not working in coronavirus crisis, 20 March) sounds good but, while it may help those in mainstream employment, it fails to address the problem of those engaged in the gig economy and less stable work.


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The New York Times

In recent weeks, some gig-economy companies have responded by offering basic sick leave provisions and cleaning products like hand sanitizer for drivers. Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash said that they would pay workers for 14 days of work if they have a coronavirus diagnosis and need to stay home.


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The Guardian

About 120,000 film industry workers have already lost their jobs in Hollywood as a result of the coronavirus shutdown, according to the US entertainment industry union IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees).


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Reuters

Instacart said on Monday it plans to hire 300,000 gig workers over the next three months, more than doubling its current base, as demand surges for grocery delivery services due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing people to shop from home.


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ANI

Cab operator Uber on Monday temporarily suspended all ride services in Delhi amid lockdown in the view of novel coronavirus while Ola Cabs has curtailed its services.


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Five Thirty Eight

Congress is about to embark on a huge spending spree. Last Thursday, after the Trump administration announced that it supports a stimulus package to help individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Republicans unveiled a massive spending bill that includes a controversial provision: direct cash payments to many Americans.


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Tech Crunch

Uber Eats is waiving delivery and activations fees in the UK to support restaurants hit by decreasing demand during the coronavirus crisis.


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Metro

The coronavirus pandemic is sweeping across the globe and is already causing major mayhem for the television industry.


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The coronavirus has not spared many industries, but the TV industry’s freelancers are among the hardest hit. Cydney Yeates covers the desperate measures that are needed to change this situation.

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‘In a remote environment, you eliminate harmful things,’ says Reedsy’s Emmanuel Nataf.


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The Guardian

Some reporters are under enormous pressure as the coronavirus news pours in relentlessly – while for others, work has dried up completely.


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The Indypendent

On Monday evening, The Indypendent spoke with Bhairavi Desai, founder and executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. The union represents 21,000 taxi, rideshare and livery drivers, many of whom continue to work amidst the COVID-19 outbreak here in New York City and are on the frontlines of the pandemic.


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Sifted

Adamo Dagradi, the communications director of Milan-based online courier service Milkman, is in his pyjamas—partially.


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Tech Crunch

Lyft is expanding the types of services it provides through its on-demand transportation network in an effort to boost efforts to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The company announced that it will be offering delivery of critical medical supplies to individuals who need them during this time, including the elderly and those living with chronic diseases, and that it will be delivering meals to students who ordinarily get subsidized lunches through school, as well as seniors.


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Stanford University

Concern about the spreading coronavirus have led to the shutdown of several American cities, with employees working remotely — or not at all. Here, labor law expert Professor William Gould discusses the challenges facing workers during this time of national crisis — and the gaps in America’s safety net leaving many vulnerable.


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The Guardian

Employers in the hospitality sector were scrambling to develop plans to either stand down hundreds of thousands of workers or lay them off, as restaurants, bars and clubs shut their doors at noon on Monday.


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Business Insider

Earnest Research, which analyzes consumer credit card spend shows some bright spots, too, where rides are still doing well.


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Metro

The coronavirus pandemic has created ripples across the world, leaving many businesses struggling and employees out of work.


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Rappler

Freelancers are definitely feeling the impact of the quarantine.


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The Philippines was emerging as a hub for the gig economy – up until the coronavirus showed up. Rappler reports that gigs are being lost and earnings are being negatively impacted, as well as an effort to help.

Nikkei

TOKYO — Japan on Thursday is set to announce foreign visitor figures for February, which are expected to have plunged as travel bans and restrictions in Asia and around the world triggered by the novel coronavirus wreak havoc on the country’s tourism sector, long seen by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a key to revitalizing the nation’s economy.


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Harvard Business Review

As China starts to recover from the Coronavirus epidemic, lessons are emerging about the role of technology in maintaining the flow of essential supplies to quarantined communities. The U.S. and Europe can learn from how China’s digital savvy consumers have been working with the digitally enabled supply chains managed by China’s big tech companies to guarantee essential supplies to people and communities in quarantine.


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