Massachusetts is cracking down on gig economy companies to expand the benefits and protections offered to their employees. In a recent article for the Boston Globe, our CEO David Coppins weighs in and explains why IntelyCare decided to recognize our gig workers as W-2 employees, rather than independent contractors, all along.

“The contractor model, really when you think about it, makes it seem like we don’t really care about [the workers], we care about margins,” he said.

  

Health care has a great need for more temporary staffing, Coppins said, noting his company has 4,000 employees who can work in 125 facilities across Massachusetts, and also has employees in eight other states.

 

Before long, he predicted, all health care staffing will be done through digital platforms. And that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

 

“We have this tendency to demonize the concept of the gig economy, but the concept itself is really needed,” he said. “The demonization of it is because the companies have treated [workers] like an asset, or a tool, not like people.”

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