Webinar: Gig Workers and the Public Workforce System

Posted June 20, 2017
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Join the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion for a webi­nar on July 18 devot­ed to explor­ing the role that pub­lic work­force sys­tems can play in sup­port­ing job seek­ers and employ­ers as they nav­i­gate the rise of the gig economy.

An increas­ing num­ber of Amer­i­cans are engag­ing in gig work, which means that they are sched­uled and paid on an as-need­ed basis instead of hav­ing steady hours and earn­ings. These piece­meal arrange­ments can make it dif­fi­cult for work­ing par­ents and oth­er indi­vid­u­als to cov­er house­hold expens­es, secure trans­porta­tion or arrange for reli­able child care.

Gig work can be good for busi­ness own­ers, who are able to low­er their ben­e­fit bills and staff posi­tions based on need. But the con­ve­nience can come at a cost, yield­ing high­er staff turnover and incon­sis­tent employ­ee performance.

Casey’s webi­nar will high­light lessons learned from an online plat­form pilot­ed in the Unit­ed King­dom. This plat­form has made it eas­i­er for indi­vid­u­als to piece togeth­er jobs by match­ing them with employ­ers. At the same time, it has cre­at­ed a more robust pub­lic infra­struc­ture for col­lect­ing and shar­ing data about the emerg­ing gig economy.

Also dur­ing the ses­sion: Par­tic­i­pants will hear what 25 work­force bod­ies have to say about adopt­ing a sim­i­lar approach in the Unit­ed States and learn more about real-life appli­ca­tions already underway.

Reg­is­ter Today

What: Gig Work­ers and the Pub­lic Work­force System

When: Tues­day, July 18, 2017, at 2 p.m. EDT


  • Alli­son Ger­ber (mod­er­a­tor), senior asso­ciate of the Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Wing­ham Rowan, direc­tor of the Beyond Jobs project
  • Dale Pei­necke, pres­i­dent of the Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of State Work­force Agencies
  • Nick Shultz, exec­u­tive direc­tor of Pacif­ic Gateway
  • Danielle Goo­nan, senior man­ag­er of the Wal­mart Foundation

Event pass­word: GigEconomy

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