All workers should have access to both employment protections and some benefits such as health and retirement.
Federal, state, and local policymakers should ensure the proper classification of workers. Those who should have access to employee protections and benefits should receive them.
Bans, including temporary ones, on the regulation of companies in the online gig economy (such as Uber) or the application of existing employment laws to their practices are not warranted.
Congress should provide funding for the Bureau of Labor Statistics to collect sufficient data about contingent work and alternative work arrangements.
Congress and state legislatures should require employers that provide benefits to regular, full-time employees to extend them to part-time employees on a prorated basis.
Employers should be required to disclose to workers when they are being hired as independent contractors. They should provide a clear explanation of what that means.
Public and private employers should provide more flexible work options.
Public and private employers should offer phased-retirement programs and retiree reemployment programs that encourage employees to stay in the workforce beyond the time they
Policymakers should improve the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state FMLAs. They could extend the law to apply to employers with fewer than 50 employees.
Policymakers should require employers to provide employees with a reasonable amount of paid time off.