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  • Safety and gig economy (#4)
  • Overextended Airbnb hosts (#16)
  • Hollywood’s workers (#8)
  • India’s gig ecosystem (#3)


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San Francisco Chronicle

California’s push to get employers to treat workers like employees, not independent contractors, has backfired for some “hybrid” workers who were mostly self-employed last year but had a client or two that paid them like employees and reported their earnings on Form W-2.


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Rappler

Freelance workers in film and advertising weigh in on the impact of the lockdown on their livelihood.


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Financial Express

India has experimented with gig ecosystem for social protection in the last decade and a half under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) by providing intermittent or short-duration work available on demand.


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Sydney Morning Herald

Ride-share companies trying to improve safety for their drivers during the coronavirus pandemic by giving them protective equipment may breach workplace laws that allow them to employ workers as independent contractors.


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Vox

The hardships of working in the gig economy, explained in one vital new movie.


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Fast Company

Sarah Felton, a 34-year-old digital marketer in Orlando, Florida, was offered a job before the COVID-19 pandemic, but once the crisis hit, the firm enacted a hiring freeze and couldn’t bring her on board. Suddenly unemployed, she wasn’t sure how she was going to pay April rent — until she got an email from Steady, an app that helps gig workers find local jobs, about the Workers Lab’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.


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Gig workers are among the most vulnerable sections of society during times of economic crisis. Kristin Toussaint reports about a gig worker fund that is aimed at providing emergency financial support.

Los Angeles Times

The good news for nearly 3 million self-employed Californians, gig workers and independent contractors is they are now eligible for special unemployment benefits. The bad news for many is they probably won’t get them. “For folks having to deal with this, it has been insanely frustrating,” said Kyle Petrozza, 38, a Los Angeles freelance commercial photographer.


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Variety

For the past six years, he’s made a living purely from acting, appearing in television shows like “Kingdom” and “Arrested Development,” and scrounging up enough jobs to pay the bills without having to tend bar or wait tables. But life changed drastically for Brandt and much of the entertainment industry in March, when work ground to a halt as the coronavirus swept across the country.


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Forbes

On March 19, WHO designated COVID 19 a pandemic. in short order, global industry collapsed. Over 30,000,000 Americans are laid off or furloughed. The ILO estimates the cost of COVID 19 equaling 195,000,000 lost jobs.


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Bloomberg

The OECD is working on guidance to help companies and tax administrations understand how rules on intercompany transactions apply in an economic downturn, the organization’s tax head said.


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Press Trust of India

Reeling under pressure due to sharp drop in footfalls following the COVID-19 pandemic, operators in the country’s coworking industry believe the blip could be temporary and demand for flexible space would go up again as some key factors are going for them.


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Business Insider

Despite the pandemic, one mutual-fund investor, Macquarie, has increased its valuation of Airbnb since the virus broke out in the US.


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Austin Business Journal

Austin’s once-crowded roads and highways have turned eerily sparse during rush hour these days as thousands work from home and thousands more have no work to commute to.


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Business Insider

I’m relying on the social safety net to buy groceries and continue paying my mortgage. I’m still figuring out the rest.


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WSJ ($)

For years, Cheryl Dopp considered the ding on her phone from a new Airbnb Inc. booking to be the sound of what she called “magical money.” A property she rented out in Jersey City, N.J., on Airbnb could gross more than $8,000 a month, she said, double what long-term tenants would pay.


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Read Write

In my own life, I’ve seen massive shifts in delegation since I began to engage regularly with freelancers. I get more done, and the projects benefit from the contributions of experts. I also get to spend more time with my family, doing things we all enjoy.


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Freelancing and gigs are not just about completing the work assigned to you. Paul Estes writes that delegating work is an equally important part of the job.

Sifted

Grocery and meal kit startups in Europe have seen record-breaking demand — but as Deliveroo announces big layoffs, it’s clear some food delivery giants have a tough year ahead.


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Washington Post

A friend of mine called me the other day to brag; she had just finished recaulking the crevices in her shower and successfully fixed her broken dishwasher. Both tasks she completed with the aid of YouTube videos. She was proud and happy about her accomplishments, noting that before stay-at-home rules, she would have called in a professional to do the work for her.


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Forbes

Leaders will need to make bold choices for their organizations to respond to the seisemic changes we are currently experiencing.


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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Testing began Friday for the state’s new unemployment benefit application system for self-employed workers, independent contractors, freelancers and project-based workers who have lost income related to covid-19. The application process will fully open Monday if those tests succeed, according to an email to invitees to the test by the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services.


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Washington Post

Lyft is laying off 17% of its staff, the company announced Wednesday, after the coronavirus crisis wrought havoc on the ride-hailing business and cut substantially into its revenue.


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CNN

As it anticipates a restart to its core rideshare business amid the pandemic, Uber (UBER) plans to require drivers and riders to wear face masks or face coverings when using the platform in certain countries, including the United States, CNN Business has learned.


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One of the recurring issues this week is the issue of safety. Here was CNN’s exclusive on what Uber is thinking about getting back to work.

Business Insider

Airbnb faces two big challenges: the willingness of its hosts to offer longer-term stays and convincing corporations, which account for the lion’s share in demand for such accommodations, to choose those offered through its service.


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Australian Financial Review ($)

A2B Ltd chief executive Andrew Skelton said the average size of the fare had shrunk to $19 from $25, with less traffic on the roads in major cities and more of an emphasis on taxis making parcel deliveries on short trips, rather than carrying human passengers.


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Bloomberg

Uber is conducting a search for a new technology chief New firings would follow more than 1,100 job cuts last year.


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