Gig workers handed lifeline by White House stimulus plan

Washington has answered the increasingly desperate pleas of gig economy executives by agreeing to include hard-up workers among the beneficiaries of the $2tn stimulus bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday. If, as expected, the bill is passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, and signed into law by US President Donald Trump, it will mean rideshare drivers, as well as Airbnb hosts, stand to receive unemployment compensation for the first time. “It is getting more and more difficult for Uber and other gig companies to continue the farce that their workers are not employees,” said Shannon Liss-Riordan, a prominent employment rights lawyer.