From the Sidelines to the Frontlines: Essential Workers and the Gig Economy

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2020 Global Conference

From the Sidelines to the Frontlines: Essential Workers and the Gig Economy

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October 15 at 11:30 am PDT/ 2:30 pm EDT

 

Poor economic conditions birthed the gig economy during the 2008 financial crisis, at a time when some work was better than no work at all. In recent years, the rapid growth of the sector has prompted governments to regulate and legislate in response to concerns over numerous facets of the gig economy—namely, the classification of workers across industries. Enter 2020: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the gig sector has provided opportunity—and relief—for those who have lost their jobs in a time of economic uncertainty. Further, many gig industries have been deemed "essential," with millions of drivers, deliverers, and builders keeping the world running. But as the gig economy is working at the frontlines of our society, we need to make sure it is working for its workforce.


Speakers

Bastian Lehmann
Co-Founder and CEO, Postmates

Mark Warner
US Senator, Virginia

Ahu Yildirmaz
Head, ADP Research Institute

Ai-Jen Poo
Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

 

Moderator

Laura Tyson
Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley

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Published October 15, 2020