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California cracks down on the gig economy

The U.S. state of California has put in place measures to crack down on the gig economy. This takes the form of rules which will make in more difficult for companies to label its workers as 'independent contractors' instead of employees.

Q&A: Why freelancing is the future of work Special

More than one-third of U.S. workers now freelance, yet 50 percent of time is spent trying to find projects, rather than actually doing work and getting paid. Charlie Fogarty, co-founder of Lorem, describes an algorithm to help freelancers to find work.

Low paid workers take strike action for better contracts

Workers in low paid jobs working for large corporations and many from the gig economy took part in a nationwide and coordinated strike in the U.K.. This included people who work at McDonald's and Uber.

Uber loses appeal in U.K. case over drivers’ employment rights

Ex-Uber drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam took Uber to court last October over their employment status and won. They argued that they should be given basic worker rights such as holiday pay and national minimum wage.

Ikea moves into gig economy with purchase of TaskRabbit

Ikea has acquired on-demand contract labour service TaskRabbit in a move which will see the retailer enter the gig economy. TaskRabbit lets users hire people to complete tasks for them, including furniture assembly. It expands Ikea's digital presence.

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