Warner Looking to Support Gig Economy Workers

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RICHMOND, Va. — Sen. Mark Warner continued his quest Tuesday to rewrite the social contract with those who occupy the ever-expanding “gig economy.”  

With the proliferation of sharing businesses like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb, more and more people are finding ways to earn extra income. But many are compelled to do it out of necessity and are left with nothing to fall back on if and when things go south. The Virginia Democrat is leading the charge in the Senate to expand the social contract to web these workers, as well as those in more traditional gig economy jobs like freelancers and others who file a 1099, and is using part of the August recess to convene roundtable discussions across the state.