Singleton: NJ ‘gig’ workers need portable benefits

David Levinsky | February 17, 2020 | Burlington County Times |

Legislation introduced by Sen. Troy Singleton, D-7 of Delran, would create a new “portable benefits” system where companies that use large numbers of independent contractors or freelancers would pay fees to a nonprofit provider to supply those freelancers with benefits that would remain with them from job to job.

TRENTON — A lawmaker is pushing to make sure so-called gig economy workers who toil as independent contractors or freelancers for companies like, Uber, Lyft and Amazon, can receive benefits like workers’ compensation insurance, health coverage, paid-time off and retirement funding.

Legislation introduced by Sen. Troy Singleton, D-7 of Delran, would create a new “portable benefits” system where companies that use large numbers of independent contractors or freelancers would pay fees to a nonprofit provider to supply them with benefits that would remain from job to job.

Singleton says the idea is to modernize the benefits system to reflect new working conditions, where millions work for multiple employers as independent subcontractors, freelancers or temporary employees.

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