Supervisor Mark Farrell to Call for Hearing and Economic Report on the Gig Economy and Workforce in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Mark Farrell will publicly request that the City’s Chief Economist produce a first-of-its-kind economic report on the gig economy and workforce in San Francisco. Supervisor Farrell plans to host a Board of Supervisor’s hearing once the report is released publicly to start a discussion around pursuing traditional workers benefits for gig workers in the growing gig economy in San Francisco.

Supervisor Mark Farrell to Call for Hearing and Economic Report on the Gig Economy and Workforce in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Mark Farrell will publicly request that the City’s Chief Economist produce a first-of-its-kind economic report on the gig economy and workforce in San Francisco. Supervisor Farrell plans to host a Board of Supervisor’s hearing once the report is released publicly to start a discussion around pursuing traditional workers benefits for gig workers in the growing gig economy in San Francisco.

 

“With the rise of the gig economy and workforce - we should be having discussions about whether our 20th century work standards and definitions work in a 21st century economy,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “Once we better understand the size and scope of this workforce - we can begin drilling down on appropriate policy solutions, or regulations, to ensure workers are earning, or qualifying for the benefits they deserve.”

 

The rise of on-demand platforms and services has contributed to an increased amount of people working jobs as independent contractors, freelancers, or under other employee classifications, across the country and in San Francisco. Some workers are attracted by the flexibility that the gig economy can offer in terms of flexible workhours and the opportunity to work for multiple platforms, or services. But, just as these type of workers are choosing to engage in more flexible work options – this new economy and workforce raises questions around the types of benefits and responsibilities workers and companies should expect.

Supervisor Farrell will specifically ask the City’s Chief Economist to produce a report that examines the following:

 

  • The size and scope of the gig economy and workforce in San Francisco
  • How much gig workers are earning in San Francisco
  • The different type of employee classifications gig workers may fall under
  • What worker benefits may, or may not be available to gig workers
  • And, anything else substantive about the gig economy and workforce that the Chief Economist deems necessary to report on

 

“I firmly believe that all workers, regardless of their employee classification, deserve access to traditional worker benefits,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “Any policy proposals aimed at the gig economy and workforce must take into account the innovation, flexibility, and jobs these platforms and services were able to create, so that we continue to support further growth in this area and do not stunt it.”

 

Supervisor Farrell’s economic report on the gig economy and workforce in San Francisco is expected to be completed in early spring and will be available to the public at that time. Once the report is released, Supervisor Farrell will host a hearing on the report and a discussion around pursuing traditional workers benefits for gig workers in the growing gig economy in San Francisco.

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