Coronavirus pandemic shines a light on gig workers’ scant protections

Gig workers are still working under great risk during the pandemic. There are temporary protections offered by the federal government, such as the unemployment insurance - giving gig workers the extra $600 a week that other workers are getting, on top of benefits that they can get through the state system for the first time. They are also entitled to two weeks of paid sick time. However, these temporary protections come with complications.

Johnston K., Boston Globe (2020), ‘Coronavirus pandemic shines a light on gig workers’ scant protections’, 14 Apr.


  • Article
  • United States
  • Yes
  • transport
  • On-location client-determined routine work, On-location platform-determined routine work
  • DoorDash, Grubhu, Instacart, Lyft, Uber
  • challenges, COVID-19
  • English
  • Boston Globe
  • 2020
  • Open access
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