How Can We Protect Workers in the Gig Economy?

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In Silicon Valley, where thousands of contractors and freelancers are hired every week…private companies like MBO Partners are emerging to handle the benefits of contingent workers who work for many employers.

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Your Company Needs Independent Workers

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Our own research reinforces these findings. The MBO Partners 2015 State of Independence workforce study found that 6.4 million Americans report that they provide professional services to corporations on a contingent or contract basis. Of these, about 2 million report earning $75,000 or more last year.

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The Contingent Quandary

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Much more recent studies — one from MBO Partners, the other from the Freelancers Union and Upwork — suggest the current number of freelancers accounts for 19 percent and 34 percent of the U.S. workforce, respectively. Both sources have skin in the game, it should be noted — MBO Partners sells products and services to…

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4 Risk Management Must-Haves for Independent Contractors

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In the past five years, the independent workforce grew faster than the overall economy, according to MBO Partners’ 2015 State of Independence in America Report. The trend isn’t slowing, either: 71% of those who already work independently are doing so in addition to a full- or part-time job, and one in seven full-timers are considering…

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