A new test to see who is an employee in the Gig Economy


And why children will benefit from the Social Security adjustment.

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Department of Labor to test whether Gig workers can become employees

The gig economy has long been the Wild West of the job market, made up of an ecosystem of contract workers who are hired by companies, but often don’t reap the benefits afforded to regular employees. Attempts to regulate the market have largely been left to the states.

This will soon change with new federal regulations. The Biden administration is proposing a new method of classifying employees through a sort of test. The New York Times reports that the new test “takes into account factors such as how much control workers have over how they do their jobs and whether they have the opportunity to increase their income by doing things like offering new services”.

This will replace the current employee classification system established by Trump. Although other government agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service, have their own regulations in place, the announcement will likely come as a blow to big companies like Uber and Lyft who have lobbied against attempts to tame the gig economy. Announced on October 11, the share prices of the two ride-hailing companies fell more than 10%.

Supreme Court can limit state economic regulatory powers, thanks to pork

California and other similar progressive states are more likely to have stricter food production standards. But these regulations don’t stop at state lines and affect national food production — that’s what the National Pork Producers Council argues in the easily overlooked case NPPC v. Ross.

The NPPC argues in its papers that the Golden State imposes its “philosophical preferences” on the nation as a whole and that the Supreme Court should fight against “allowing a state to export its social experiences extraterritorially.”

Central to the NPCC’s argument is California’s Proposition 12, which enforces minimum standards for the movement of pregnant pigs on the consumer side. States like Arizona and Florida, as The American Prospect reports, have already passed similar legislation on the producer side. By banning sales in the state, opponents of Proposition 12 wonder which industry will come next and where the repercussions of similar regulations will be felt next.

The Unexpected Beneficiaries of Social Security’s Cost of Living Adjustment

Inflation has many negative effects on the economy, but it also leads to increased benefits for recipients of Social Security payments. In times of inflation, the Social Security Administration adjusts payments to meet the rising cost of living.

According to the Center of Budget Policies and Priorities, 97% of people between the ages of 60 and 89 receive Social Security benefits. But the second largest – and perhaps unexpected – group to receive help through their elders? Children.

It may be because of the toll of Covid, with an estimated 140,000 American children losing at least one parent. But increasingly older family members, such as grandparents, are the primary caregivers, AP reports. The adjustment couldn’t come at a more pressing time. According to the Office of Personal Management, grandparents who are also primary caregivers are 60% more likely to live in poverty.

Marielle Argueza is an intern at INN/Columbia Journalism School in Next City for Summer-Fall 2022. She is a New York-based journalist with over ten years of experience. His beats have included education, immigration, labor, criminal justice and climate. Her work in K-12 education is award-winning and she has been recognized multiple times by the California News Publishers Association. She is a recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where she was a Toni Stabile Investigative Fellow. While earning her master’s degree, she relied on her extensive knowledge of local journalism to report stories at the city, state and country level. Her work includes a story about Harlem’s last assisted living facility for people living with HIV/AIDS; a profile on New York State’s first Farmers Union; and a database of deaths in the Milwaukee County Jail. She is also the recipient of other scholarships and fellowships from several notable organizations in the news industry, including the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN), ProPublica, and the Journalism and Women Symposium ( JAWS).


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