Research by the Future Skills Centre in Canada has determined that temporary, part-time and “gig” work now account for 60% of job growth in advanced economies. The study showed that racialized people, newcomers and other vulnerable workers are often forced into precarious jobs or gig work, without access to health benefits – dramatically increasing demand for what are called “portable benefits.”

Portable benefits, provided by companies like the New York Black Car Fund, can provide wellness and medical support, financial assistance in the event of an injury (on and off the job), and reduced costs for prescriptions, among other things. The Black Car Fund allows for-hire vehicle (FHV) drivers who are considered independent contractors under state law to receive workers’ compensation, from a small surcharge on each ride.

Source: Benefits Canada

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