Afternoon Coffee: New Report Recommends Classifying Gig Workers as “Dependent Contractors,” Pentagon to More Closely Enforce “Buy American” Laws

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A new review commissioned by the British government argues for stronger protections for workers in the U.K.’s gig economy, recommending that Uber drivers and the like be classified as “dependent contractors” — that is, not self-employed. According to the Wall Street Journal, the suggested legal changes include greater worker protections, safeguards to ensure workers are earning the national minimum wage and supplementary pay for vacation periods.

Military Supply Chain

The Pentagon is working to more stringently exclude foreign companies from its supply chain by better enforcing “Buy American” laws, the Washington Post reports. The effort relies on Depression-era statutes that require manufacturers to “rely on U.S. materials when they make guns, equipment, uniforms and food for the nation’s military.”

Pot Logistics

We’ve been fascinated by the rapidly developing marijuana supply chain as of late. (Check out “related links” below for more details!) So, naturally, we wanted to share a development from the logistics sphere: a new firm called CannaRabbit became “the first approved applicant for Colorado's new Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) transport license, which will allow it to offer transportation, distribution and warehousing services for legal weed,” DC Velocity writes.

Wholesale Inventories

And finally, an economic update: U.S. wholesale inventories increased 0.4% in May, the biggest gain since December 2016, Reuters reports. That followed a 0.4% decrease in April, however.

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