The report further revealed that nearly three-quarters of hourly workers (71%) were unaware of upcoming regulations like California's AB5 that would ensure gig workers are treated as W-2 employees and so receive a comprehensive set of worker protections and access to benefits. Even though the majority of hourly workers were unable to correctly identify or unsure of what benefits gig workers were eligible for, half (48%) believed there should be a law that requires gig workers to receive protections and benefits.
"It's abundantly clear that flexibility without worker protections and access to benefits can have a devastating impact on American workers who depend on workers' comp, guaranteed minimum wage, sick pay, and health insurance among others to maintain their livelihood," said Adam Roston, CEO of Bluecrew. "Flexibility and worker protections can and should co-exist. As proof over the past five years, Bluecrew has provided the flexibility hourly workers want and worker protections they need. AB5 and other emerging legislation will ensure more employers do the right thing for the American workforce."
A survey of over 1,000 Americans was conducted this month. In addition to hourly workers, the key findings were also segmented into salaried employees and gig workers.
Highlights among the respondents collectively:
Highlights among gig workers:
Highlights among salaried employees: