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22 April 2014—Kevin Cahill, Center's Research Economist was mentioned on

Four benefits an increasing number of Americans will never see again. They may be “contract workers” or “independent contractors” – paid to accomplish a particular temporary task – “temps” or “part-timers” or “independent workers.”...

And let’s face it, temp workers are definitely second class citizens. “‘When you’re just a contractor at a company … your ID badge is a different color. People treat you differently. They say they don’t, but they just do,’ [said one 54-year-old engineer forced into the temp world.]

More alarming to economists, long-term temps also miss out on the opportunity to develop a nest egg for a comfortable retirement… ‘It’s almost entirely the burden of the individual,’ said Kevin Cahill, a labor economist with the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College.

The potential hit to Social Security benefits is two-fold, he said. Since Social Security benefits are based on your earnings over your work history, both low-paying temp work or a gap in employment — a combination many of today’s ‘permatemps’ face — can drag down a worker’s future payments… These workers also may not have access to a corporate 401(k) plan. Even if they do, they might not be paid enough to be able to put any away for retirement. There’s certainly no employer match...

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