Gig workers pick up protections in states

The efforts face pushback from some Republican lawmakers and employer groups.
In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a ride share car displays Lyft and Uber stickers on its front windshield in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Lawmakers in Illinois, New Jersey and New York advanced bills this year that would increase labor protections for freelancers, temporary workers or both, the latest moves in a long-running effort by left-leaning policymakers to improve pay and working conditions for contingent, or “gig,” workers. 

“We have to make sure that workers in those kinds of settings are protected from exploitation,” Illinois Rep. Will Guzzardi (D) said. 

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