Independent workers in the spotlight
"Home-Office Politics," an article in last weekend's New York Times Magazine, focuses on independent workers. In the piece, Matt Bai takes a critical look at policy makers' treatment of this workforce and its challenges:
The prescription — that the only solution is to somehow shame companies into honoring a decades-old social contract — ignores a historic opportunity to create a more enlightened notion of work.
More and more, we're seeing the media catching on to the importance of independent workers--and to the size of this constituency. With a huge number of freelancers registered to vote, Bai raises an important point:
No candidate, however, has yet envisioned a package of proposals that might make the self-employed society a reality for everyone. That means a political opening still exists.