The Spark

'Third way' needed to count sharing workforce

A rise in ride-sharing

It's time the "sharing" workforce came out of the shadows.

From the tax code to the monthly jobs report to the whole premise of "retirement," America's concept of work is dangerously stuck in the 20th century.

Trends that were already taking shape—work becoming untethered from the office, the mobile and cloud technological revolution, benefits being decoupled from traditional employers—have burst to the fore in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the Affordable Care Act, and the rise of the 21st century "sharing" economy.

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This holds great promise for helping America break out of its productivity slump—if only it is supported as such.

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