Tag: Employee Fringe Benefits

Uber Rides Cost More? OK

The underpinning of countless Silicon Valley success stories is a method of commerce that treats millions of workers as disposable and deprives them of protections regular employees enjoy, like employer-paid health care. Keeping Uber drivers and DoorDash food couriers classified as contractors saves the companies billions in costs and has helped fuel billions more in […]

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Income and Wealth Inequality Has Devastated American Workers

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Paid Leave Law Tries to Help Millions in Crisis. Many Haven’t Heard of It.

ImageWith schools and day care centers shuttered, working parents have struggled. But a new paid leave program created to help them is not well known and has been little used.Credit…Audra Melton for The New York Times The paid leave program passed by Congress in March was supposed to help workers cope with the fallout of […]

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Lawmakers Ask I.R.S. to Help Companies That Keep Paying Health Benefits

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including the chairmen of the tax-writing committees in the House and the Senate, asked the Internal Revenue Service on Monday to allow companies that continue paying the cost of health benefits for furloughed workers to remain eligible for a new tax credit. At issue is a tax credit […]

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Coronavirus Crisis Underlines Weak Spots in U.S. Economic System

An indelible image from the Great Depression features a well-dressed family seated with their dog in a comfy car, smiling down from an oversize billboard on weary souls standing in line at a relief agency. “World’s highest standard of living,” the billboard boasts, followed by a tagline: “There’s no way like the American Way.” The […]

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A Coronavirus Crisis of Unnecessary Unemployment

The federal government is struggling to deliver financial aid to faltering employers — and workers are suffering the consequences. Roughly 10 percent of American workers filed for unemployment benefits in the past three weeks, a wave of job losses that has no precedent in modern American history. Millions more are struggling to submit unemployment claims […]

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Could the Pandemic Wind Up Fixing What’s Broken About Work in America?

Crises like pandemics, economic collapses and world wars have, at times throughout history, ended up reordering societies — shrinking the gap between the rich and the poor, or empowering the working class. The Black Death helped end feudalism. The Great Depression helped lead to the New Deal. Never has extreme economic inequality shrunk in a […]

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Drivers Say Uber and Lyft Are Blocking Unemployment Pay

In a typical week, Jerome Gage, a Lyft driver in Los Angeles, makes $900 to $1,000 before expenses during roughly 50 hours on the road. This week, with most of the state holed up and demand for rides evaporating, he expects to work even longer to make far less than half that amount. Given the […]

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How to Get Paid Leave for Coronavirus

ImageA woman and her children getting some air on Wednesday in Washington. Families have struggled with child care as schools around the country have shut down. New legislation on paid leave should help at least some of them.Credit…Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times The coronavirus emergency relief package, which became law Wednesday, gives many […]

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Everyone’s a Socialist in a Pandemic

Then politicians got into the act. The Trump administration — last seen proposing to slash a pay raise for federal workers and endorsing a family leave policy that doesn’t actually pay for family leave — is now singing the praises of universal sick pay. “When we tell people, ‘If you’re sick, stay home,’ the president […]

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Sick Workers and Spooked Customers: Coronavirus Threatens Small Businesses

If the new coronavirus causes workers to take sick days; customers to stay home; and officials to order quarantines, it will be hard on all American companies. For small businesses, though, it could be catastrophic. Many of them, like local restaurants and retailers, operate leanly, with tight profit margins and just enough people on staff. […]

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The Hard-Knocks Restaurant World Discovers Wellness

Katie Button gives workers at her Asheville, N.C., restaurants an annual cash incentive of $300 if they get medical checkups and have their teeth cleaned. In Austin, Texas, the people who make bone-marrow tacos and mix carrot-juice margaritas at Comedor attend free yoga classes and run together. At West-bourne, an all-day cafe in Manhattan, service […]

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Would Your Wages Rise Under ‘Medicare for All’?

ImageCredit…Minh Uong/The New York Times Hidden in the larger debate over “Medicare for all” is a fundamental economic question: Who pays for work-based health insurance? For the 157 million Americans who get health insurance through their work — or through the job of a spouse or parent — the answer may seem obvious, evident right […]

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