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Bill would require gig economy employers to provide benefits for workers

The Senate Labor Committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would require gig economy companies like Uber and Postmates to provide benefits for their New Jersey-based workers.

The bill would require companies to create a so-called portable benefits structure, meaning workers would be able to carry their benefits with them when they get a new job.

If a worker is employed by multiple app-based companies at the same time, each company would be required to contribute to that worker’s benefits.

Sen. Troy Singleton, the bill’s sponsor, wrote in an op-ed for the Star-Ledger that even though the nature of work is changing, workers still want benefits such as health insurance, a retirement savings plan and access to workers compensation.

“This idea isn’t about trying to make new employees fit into an old world classification structure,” Singleton (D-Burlington) wrote.

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“It is purposely designed to recognize that work relationships in the 21st century are vastly different than they once were.”

More than one third of the nation’s workforce is employed in some form of gig work, Singleton wrote, and baby […]

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