Robert Reich: Why Work Has Become a Nightmare and How to Stop It | Alternet

Posted: February 23, 2015 in Economy, Workers Rights

The rise of “independent contractors” Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce – contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity.

What makes them “independent contractors” is the mainly that the companies they work for say they are. So those companies don’t have to pick up the costs of having full-time employees.

But are they really “independent”? Companies can manipulate their hours and expenses to make them seem so.

It’s become a race to the bottom. Once one business cuts costs by making its workers “independent contractors,” every other business in that industry has to do the same – or face shrinking profits and a dwindling share of the market

via Robert Reich: Why Work Has Become a Nightmare and How to Stop It | Alternet.

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