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Kia Kokalitcheva Feb 9, 2017
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The 'gig economy' is getting Paul Ryan's attention

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Companies operating in the so-called "gig economy" may have at least one Congressional advocate in their corner: House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The topic of independent contractors who work for such companies ― providing on-demand services that range from driving to home cleaning to food delivery ― is "top of mind for the Speaker," political advisor and venture capitalist Bradley Tusk said on Wednesday at a San Francisco event hosted by StrictlyVC.

Tusk later told Axios that, based on his team's discussions with Ryan's office thus far, he seems to be in favor of making it easier for companies to provide "portable benefits" to contractors without being forced to classify them as full employees.