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- Nontraditional work (e.g., freelancing, contracting, gig, and self-employment) is a growing sector of the labor force, with about 39 percent of US workers engaging in this type of work as either their primary or supplementary source of income.
- Generally, individuals engage in this type of work to have greater flexibility or to make additional income.
- Flexible arrangements are transformative for women, who have been driving the growth in the nontraditional workforce.
- Policies that aim to reclassify nontraditional workers as employees are counterproductive; improving access to portable benefits is the most fruitful avenue to address this workforce’s concerns.