Expansion of Paid Leave to Additional Employment Classifications

Policy or Initiative Description

Governments should expand paid leave programs for self-employed, part-time, independent, and gig workers as part of a plan for universal access to paid family and medical leave. Benefits should be portable—not tied to any particular job, but rather linked to the worker who can take the benefit from job to job or project to project—to accommodate for the frequency of changes in employment and alternative work arrangements.


Spain has enacted a system called "protección por cese de actividad de los trabajadores autónomos," which provides unemployment benefits to the self-employed.


Jeffrey E. Brown and Robert D. Atkinson, “The Future of Work: A Guide for Transatlantic Policymakers.” Bertelsmann Foundation and Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. January 2019.



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