Nonstandard Work & Social Insurance: Designing Risk Protections for a Changing Workforce

30th Annual Policy Research Conference by the National Academy of Social Insurance

Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What: The existing structure of social insurance works well for a majority of the workforce, but are reforms needed to broaden coverage for the growing ranks of people in nonstandard employment arrangements? Hosted by the nonpartisan National Academy of Social Insurance, this conference brings together policy analysts, researchers, business and labor leaders, federal officials, Congressional staff, and advocates to address the needs of workers and employers.

When: Reception: Mon, Jan. 29 (5:00-7:00 pm); Main Program: Tues, Jan. 30 (8:00 am-5:30 pm)

Where: National Press Club Ballroom (529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC)

Sessions include:

  • How Can Social Insurance Better Address Risks of Nonstandard Work?
  • What Do We Know about the Extent and Structure of Nonstandard Work?
  • The Risks of Workplace Injury in Nonstandard Work and Policy Options
  • How Can Nonstandard Workers Be Protected against the Economic Risks of Unemployment?
  • Economic Security for Nonstandard Workers in Retirement and Disability
  • Mitigating the Economic Risks of Caregiving: Access to Paid Leave for Nonstandard Workers, Job Quality for Care Workers
  • View the full agenda at under “Events” or click here.

Henry Aaron, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brooking Institution, will offer the luncheon keynote on Social Security’s long-term financing.

Other speakers include:

  • David Weil, Dean and Professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University; Former Wage and Hour Division Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Peter Barnes, Writer, Entrepreneur, and Co-Founder of Working Assets Long Distance (now Credo Mobile)
  • Althea Erickson, Senior Director, Global Advocacy and Policy, Etsy
  • Derecka Mehrens, Executive Director, Working Partnerships USA
  • John Ruser, President and CEO, Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI)
  • Jason Fichtner, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
  • Rachel West, Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress

View a full list of speakers at under “Events” or click here.

Registration for the full conference is complimentary for members of the media. 
Contact Benjamin Veghte at (202) 243-7010 or by email at for more information.

The National Academy of Social Insurance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to advance solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security. Follow the conversation on Twitter via #NASI2018.



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