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FIU's Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) is excited to co-release, with UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, a new research report on the so-called "gig economy". "When Matters are Settled but Not Resolved: Misclassification in the Rideshare Sector" reviews the law and judicial decisions to date on whether Uber and Lyft drivers are employees or independent contractors.

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Congratulations to RISEP Director, Pamela Izvanariu, for being awarded the Kennedy Center Stephen Sondheim Award for Inspirational Teaching!

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The 13th edition of State of Working Florida finds that between 2009 and 2014 the economic polarization of classes in Florida is largely a reflection of an occupational structure offering fewer middle income jobs that facilitate upward mobility. Many working Floridians continue to be perpetually stuck in low-wage occupations and the persistence of traditional forms of economic marginalization, based on race and sex, further complicates the ability of some Floridians to achieve economic mobility.

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"According to the most recently available government data, 65 percent of Florida workers earn annual salaries below the state average annual salary of $39,099. The position of a worker along the distribution of earnings in Florida is largely dependent on their occupation and is heavily influenced by their sex, race and ethnicity. This brief will present Florida’s occupational structure by annual earnings and the demographics associated with low, middle, and high earning jobs."

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