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State and city governments may soon make it mandatory for companies to offer more comprehensive insurance to nontraditional employees. (Photo: Shutterstock) State and city governments may soon make it mandatory for companies to offer more comprehensive insurance to nontraditional employees. (Photo: Shutterstock)

More than one-third of U.S. workers — roughly 57 million — participate in the gig economy, and that number expected to grow to 50% by 2027 as job markets continue to shift to ad hoc contracts from full-time employees. Internet marketplaces and digital businesses such as Uber, Lyft, Freelancer.com and TaskRabbit thrive on this model and even more traditional employers are increasing their use of independent contractors.

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