HR News: CEO commentary on Amazon’s homeworking announcement

In response to Amazon’s announcement that the company will hire up to 5,000 home-based customer service agents, CEO of SensĂ©e, Steve Mosser, commented in HR News:

At Sensée, we welcome Amazon’s announcement. Although this is restricted to the US for the time being, the fact that Amazon is not only embracing homeworking but that the positions come with employee benefits, including sick and holiday pay, will hopefully encourage others to build on strong social foundations. This shows both courage and thought leadership, as it addresses the issues the gig-economy has brought into the job market where people are given no option other than to accept false self-employed with no guarantees of work, income and benefits.Read the article

The gig economy: Is it time to change the law?

Halfway through 2016, the term gig economy was thrown into the limelight. Although suggesting a new phenomenon had made an appearance, all that had really happened was that someone came up with a fancier name for freelance work, enhanced by the use of technology. It also prompted the question of whether we should change the law around it.

With fewer people working in traditional “jobs for life”, the gig economy got off to a flying start. However, now we’re further down the line it has transpired that many businesses are in fact using the gig economy to cut the costs of employing workers – and we should change the law to prevent it. Read more

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