DOL wants to De­ter­mine the Size of the Gig Econ­omy

The HR Digest - - HR Drift -

Ear­lier this year, the U.S. Depart­ment of La­bor (DOL) an­nounced plans to bring back the Contin­gent Worker Sup­ple­ment (CWS) to the up­com­ing Cur­rent Pop­u­la­tion Sur­vey, in an at­tempt to get a clear pic­ture of the 21st cen­tury work­force. In or­der to achieve this, the DOL’S Bureau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics (BLS) on Septem­ber 30, 2016, pro­posed a rein­tro­duc­tion and an ex­pan­sion of the CWS.

The up­com­ing Cur­rent Pop­u­la­tion Sur­vey is sched­uled for May 2017. The CWS has not been used since 2005. It was dis­con­tin­ued due to fund­ing is­sues. Since then, var­i­ous as­pects of em­ploy­ment have rad­i­cally changed. By 2040, 40 per­cent of Amer­i­can work­ers would be in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors, says a sur­vey by In­tuit.

With the re­sus­ci­ta­tion of the CWS, the DOL aims to gain re­li­able sta­tis­tics about the num­ber as well as the char­ac­ter­is­tics of these work­ers.

As noted on the pro­posal, the DOL will add four new ques­tions to the CWS. It says, “two ques­tions will fo­cus on whether in­di­vid­u­als ob­tain cus­tomers or on­line tasks through mo­bile apps.” This ques­tions will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about how gig-econ­omy work­ers are find­ing em­ploy­ment and con­nect­ing with cus­tomers. The other two ques­tions “will ex­am­ine whether work ob­tained through elec­tronic match­ing plat­forms is a source of sec­ondary earn­ings.” This ques­tions will help pol­i­cy­mak­ers cre­ate bet­ter leg­isla­tive and reg­u­la­tory ac­tions ad­dress­ing ser­vices providers in the shar­ing econ­omy.

Em­ploy­ers may com­ment on the DOL’S pro­posed CWS col­lec­tions of this data on or be­fore Novem­ber 29, 2016.

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