September 14, 2017 7:00 PM
"Everyone an Entrepreneur: The New Economy," by Jon Shelton. A ShopTalk event.
The new economy, often dubbed ‘The Sharing Economy,’ is based in part on a re-definition of work. In this new model, employers increasingly cut costs by classifying workers as contractors. Contractors are independent, with all the freedom that implies. Contractors, however, lack the legal status of an employee, including the promise of minimum wages, overtime benefits, health insurance, worker’s compensation if hurt on the job, or unemployment benefits for those who are laid off. In this talk, we will chart the historical origins and the political conditions that have led to our modern economy. We will examine some recent examples—permatemps, adjunct faculty, Uber drivers, free agent athletes, etc.—of the erosion of the traditional workplace and the growth of a much more precarious generation of workers.
Waunakee Public Library
710 South St
Waunakee WI, 53597-1638
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