Scott Rodd Stateline.org Published 10:32 PM EDT Mar 24, 2019 Sacramento, Calif. —It started with installing some red and green LED lights. Then came the disco balls, neon eyeglasses and a gold Bluetooth karaoke microphone. Daniel Flannery had transformed the car he drives for Uber and Lyft into a party on wheels. “You put everything together, and it encourages people to loosen up,” he said. “Sometimes, I have people call me up and say, ‘We don’t want to go anywhere – we just want to drive around and sing.’” Flannery, who drives to supplement his retirement income, said he loves the freedom that comes with it – setting his own schedule and adding his own flair to what he dubs his “Swag Rides.” Much of that freedom comes from being classified as an independent contractor. But a 2018 California Supreme Court decision could change the nature of working in the gig economy while providing a model for other … [Read more...] about Gig economy workers gain security, but at what cost?
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By Carolyn Said Published 4:00 am PDT, Friday, March 22, 2019 Construction workers are among those most frequently misclassified as independent contractors, a new study says. Construction workers are among those most frequently misclassified as independent contractors, a new study says. Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Construction workers are among those most frequently misclassified as independent contractors, a new study says. Construction workers are among those most frequently misclassified as independent contractors, a new study says. Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle Buy photo Could California … [Read more...] about Could California reclassify janitors, truck drivers, construction workers as employees?
By Nicole Friedman WSJ Tues., Feb. 26, 2019 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has agreed to sell one of its workers’ compensation insurance companies, a rare move for Warren Buffett. Mr. Buffett, Berkshire’s chairman and chief executive officer, has long said that Berkshire buys companies with the intention to hold them forever. The reason Berkshire agreed to sell Omaha, Neb.,-based Applied Underwriters is to avoid conflicts among Berkshire-owned workers’ compensation insurers, said Brian Snover, general counsel for Berkshire’s reinsurance division. It acquired its majority stake in the company 13 years ago. “Berkshire has a number of workers’ compensation companies, and there was channel conflict between them,” said Jeffrey Silver, Applied Underwriters’ general counsel. “This sale will eliminate that inherent competition that occurred between the Berkshire-owned entities.” Applied Underwriters ran into state … [Read more...] about Warren Buffett Is Doing Something Rare: Selling a Business
In its ideal world, food-delivery service DoorDash would pay its contractors almost nothing–relying on customer tips to cover most of the fee quoted for a delivery job. In the real world, conditions are usually not so ideal, as DoorDash reveals to Fast Company, for the first time disclosing the share of driver payments that come via tips from users. In about 10% of cases, customers leave no tip, and DoorDash pays the entire amount, the company tells us. (The default tip is set to zero in the app.) In the next roughly 50% of cases, customers contribute less than half the money required to meet the minimum quoted fee–called the “guaranteed amount”–leaving DoorDash to chip in the majority of the fee. (DoorDash calls the money it contributes to make up the difference a “pay boost.”) That news may not do much to satisfy workers protesting the company’s unorthodox accounting of pay and tips–especially in light of concessions … [Read more...] about Exclusive: DoorDash reveals how much it relies on customer tips to pay its workers
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