Flexibility and protections needed to make the gig economy work
The “gig economy” – with its flex hours and worker autonomy – can be a solution for people who are between jobs, are balancing family responsibilities or are exploring new careers. It can provide caregivers and persons with disabilities an option to enter the workforce, and the ability to scale up or down their work hours.
However, this report from The Institute for Gender + the Economy at the Rotman School cautions that racial, class and gender inequities can be intensified in gig work. Researchers recommend that policymakers remain aware of the benefits of this type of work, while also creating frameworks that protect project-based workers and recognize the potential effects on less privileged groups.