The "gig economy" works in large part by employing independent contractors instead of employees in order to keep costs down. That has led to some headaches -- whether or not a worker is an employee or a contractor is a legal determination under the Fair Labor Standards Act. It's not strictly the choice of the employer.
Money is the topic of the year for most people, agencies, states and the federal government as the economy sluggishly recovers from the recent recession. Bills are hard to pay for everyone, and many find themselves in serious debt. In fact, one of the biggest topics of the current election is the country's outstanding debt and what should be done to fix it.