It would depend on how the gig workers are classified.
• If your gig workers are employees, then you are an employer. If you have more than 25 employees, you will need to pay your part of the contribution. All employers, regardless of size, must protect their employees' jobs when they take leave.
• If your gig workers are classified as independent contractors, they are considered self-employed by the program and are not automatically covered. They can choose to participate if they want, but employers are not responsible for paying contributions for them or protecting their jobs.