Millions of workers in nonstandard arrangements (including temporary, subcontracted, and on-call workers and independent contractors) lack access to essential workplace protections--or, where protections do exist, to adequate enforcement mechanisms. Building an equitable economy requires addressing these shortcomings and reimagining our system of workplace protections. This report provides a policy framework for expanding essential protections to more workers, focusing on independent contractors’ and temporary workers’ needs.
Temp staffing agencies hire workers for temporary jobs at host companies, and the staffing agency is the employer of record for the job’s duration. Though initially introduced for short-term needs, staffing agencies are increasingly providing workers for long-term engagements.
The current system of workplace protections in the US leaves behind millions of independent contractors. These workers face high risks of discrimination, wage theft, and economic insecurity, yet have few legal protections to mediate these risks.