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Screenshot from U.S. Chamber of Commerce's website.

As Congress begins to return from its fall recess calls to pass more fiscal stimulus are growing louder.

Driving the news: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released another call to action, this time from its president, Suzanne Clark, advocating for "more support" for "industries, businesses, and workers disparately harmed by the pandemic."

What she's saying: "As a business community and a nation, we cannot allow millions of workers and broad swaths of our economy to be left behind in the COVID recovery," Clark writes.

  • "Our lawmakers deserve a lot of credit for working quickly and cooperatively, on a bipartisan basis, to provide federal relief to employers and workers in the early days of pandemic."
  • "Their work is not done."

What to watch: Clark highlights the K-shaped recovery happening among U.S. workers and industries, warning that even though tech companies and some segments of the retail industry have seen success in recent months, "For countless companies in the travel, entertainment, leisure, hospitality, and food service industries, there is no end in sight to the economic malaise."

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Dec 12, 2020 - Economy & Business

Rethinking the gig model

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

There’s a small, but growing number of companies that are attempting to flout the Uber, Lyft and Instacart model and redefine the gig economy.

Why it matters: Gig work is rapidly spreading through the labor market, but there are ways to bring more stability to these jobs.

Deep dive on the gig economy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A look at the evolving gig economy and the battles between companies and workers.

The push for a "third category" of employment

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Gig companies are hoping a new form of employment will be the key to safeguarding their business models and avoiding a dramatic overhaul — or even collapse — if they’re forced to follow traditional rules.

Why it matters: This fight has pitted labor advocates, pushing for employment with full benefits and rights, against the companies that need workers to remain contractors so they can avoid the full costs of benefits and having to fully manage the workers.