Paid sick time advocates say pandemic proves point

By Jon Collins


“A 2019 study by the IRS found that workers who earned income from jobs where they were classified as independent contractors has grown by 22 percent since 2001, with most of the increases coming among lower earners.

As the economy has changed to include more workers classified as independent contractors, more families have lost access to benefits like paid sick time, said Pronita Gupta of the Center for Law and Social Policy, which advocates for low-income people.

‘That has also led to a race to the bottom in many cases for cost-savings,” Gupta said. “Many of these subcontractors don’t provide benefits like paid sick days, paid family medical leave, health insurance.'”


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