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People@Work: Today's Independent Workers Need a Safety Net

Freelancers like to work how and when they want. But that flexibility entails more than a few downfalls. A new Freelancers Union's report shows 81% of independents had little or no work, 40% had trouble collecting wages from clients, and 39% had either cut back or ended health coverage.

Why America's 42 Million Freelancers Need Help

New York-based Freelancers Union released a study on Tuesday that highlights the economic costs stemming from the lack of health care, insurance and other benefits that most full-time employees take for granted. And it calls for a series of reforms to put this vital part of the labor force on equal footing with other working Americans.