Unemployment Benefits to Millions Are About to End

The abrupt loss of pandemic unemployment benefits on a broad scale could have long-term effects not only for the recipients but also for the economy.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #pennsylvania, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-politics-and-government

California’s Gig Worker Law Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

Last year, more than $200 million was spent on campaigning for a state proposition that ensured workers like Uber and Lyft drivers were considered independent contractors.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

The Body Keeps Score. So Does This Memoir.

In “Ladyparts,” Deborah Copaken tells the story of her life through the lens of ailments, loss and struggle.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #copaken-deborah-elizabeth, #ephron-nora, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #women-and-girls

Uber and Lyft Ramp Up Efforts to Shield Business Model

Gig economy companies are backing state laws in New York and elsewhere that would cement drivers’ status as contractors in exchange for a union.

#car-pooling-and-ride-sharing, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

How ‘The Drivers Cooperative’ Is Trying to Compete With Uber and Lyft in N.Y.

About 2,500 drivers in New York are organizing to create what they say is a better deal for drivers than what the ride-hailing giants offer.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #cooperatives, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #new-york-city, #uber-technologies-inc

How The Times Acts When a Journalist’s Safety Is Compromised

After situations involving forceful detentions or worse, the organization seeks prompt accountability and change.

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Tax Day 2021: Here’s What You Need to Know

The I.R.S. said tax filers who needed more time could have an extra month. The federal tax deadline has arrived.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-taxes-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #income-tax, #internal-revenue-service, #tax-preparers-and-preparation, #taxation, #unemployment-insurance

Warren Buffett Fights Proposals on Climate and Diversity

The Berkshire chief opposes shareholder proposals on climate and diversity.

#berkshire-hathaway-inc, #buffett-warren-e, #emanuel-ariel-z, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #morris-william-endeavor-entertainment, #uber-technologies-inc, #united-states-economy, #walsh-martin-j

Amazon’s Big Win Over the Little Guy

Corporate America keeps squeezing the humanity out of the workplace.

#amazon-com-inc, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #productivity

The Tax Filing Deadline Was Delayed to May 17. Here’s What to Know.

The federal government and most states pushed back the date to May 17, but others have gone their own way. And if you make estimated tax payments, the deadline remains April 15.

#american-institute-of-certified-public-accountants, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-taxes-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #income-tax, #internal-revenue-service, #national-conference-of-cpa-practitioners, #personal-finances, #tax-preparers-and-preparation

Freelancers Shouldn’t Have ‘Horror Stories’

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act would give us additional rights. But not everyone is a fan of it.

#california, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries

In a First, Uber Agrees to Classify British Drivers as ‘Workers’

The new legal classification, which follows a U.K. court ruling last month, will entitle the workers to more pay and benefits, but stops short of making them employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

In First, Uber Agrees to Classify British Drivers as ‘Workers’

The new legal classification, which follows a U.K. court ruling last month, will entitle the workers to more pay and benefits, but stops short of making them employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

House Passes Labor Rights Expansion, but Senate Chances Are Slim

The House approved the most significant enhancement of labor rights since the New Deal, but the measure appeared headed for a Senate filibuster amid widespread Republican opposition.

#american-federation-of-labor-congress-of-industrial-organizations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #house-of-representatives, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #national-labor-relations-board, #organized-labor, #united-states-politics-and-government

Anime Is Booming. So Why Are Animators Living in Poverty?

The workers who make the Japanese shows the world is binge-watching can earn as little as $200 a month. Many wonder how much longer they can endure it.

#animated-films, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #japan, #labor-and-jobs, #shirobako-tv-program, #wages-and-salaries

Biden Changes P.P.P. Rules for Self-Employed People, Pauses Some Applications

A more generous loan formula for solo ventures is meant to get more very small businesses into the Paycheck Protection Program. But bigger applicants face a two-week pause.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #minorities, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #united-states-politics-and-government

Uber drivers are entitled to worker benefits, a British court rules.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Biden Should Help Protect Uber and Lyft Drivers

The Biden administration has an opportunity to restore basic labor protections to the people who deliver our groceries and drive for Uber and Lyft.

#albertsons-inc, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

The Business Rules the Trump Administration Is Racing to Finish

From tariffs and trade to the status of Uber drivers, regulators are trying to install new rules or reduce regulations before President-elect Joe Biden takes over.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #community-reinvestment-act, #computers-and-the-internet, #electric-light-bulbs, #energy-department, #energy-efficiency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #office-of-the-comptroller-of-the-currency, #presidential-transition-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #transportation-department-us, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virtual-currency

Delivery Workers in South Korea Say They’re Dying of ‘Overwork’

More than a dozen couriers have died this year. Some died after complaining of unbearable workloads that kept them on the clock from dawn until past midnight.

#boycotts, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #seoul-south-korea, #strikes, #work-life-balance, #working-hours, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

States Overpaid Unemployment Benefits and Want Money Back

A pandemic relief program allows no forgiveness of overpayments, even when recipients are not at fault and the funds are already spent.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #personal-finances, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

DoorDash Stock Soars After Initial Public Offering

The delivery company’s shares started trading at $182 each, 78 percent above its initial public offering price of $102, in a sign of investor appetite.

#airbnb, #computers-and-the-internet, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #initial-public-offerings, #restaurants, #start-ups, #venture-capital

Food Delivery Apps Are Booming. Their Workers Are Often Struggling.

Delivery drivers have been essential to feeding New York, while boosting sales for companies like DoorDash and Uber. But they say work conditions have gotten worse.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #grubhub-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #mobile-applications, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #uber-eats, #wages-and-salaries

DoorDash Reveals I.P.O. Filing

The company’s performance renewed questions about whether “gig economy” businesses can turn a profit.

#company-reports, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #food, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #initial-public-offerings, #restaurants, #venture-capital, #xu-tony

Prop 22 in California Is a Bad D

A voter-approved measure strips them of basic protections enjoyed by employees in other businesses.

#automobiles, #california, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc

Fight Over Gig Workers Persists Despite Win for Uber and Lyft

A successful ballot measure in California makes drivers and other workers contractors, but the companies face continued pushback.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

Why California’s Prop 22 Puts Our Labor Laws in Danger

The gig companies wrote new labor laws that are almost impossible to change.

#doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #postmates-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber and Lyft Drivers in California Will Remain Independent

The victory of Proposition 22, the most expensive initiative in the state’s history, could help gig companies remake labor laws throughout the country.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #gonzalez-lorena-1971, #herrera-dennis-j, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #proposition-22, #referendums, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

It’s a Ballot Fight for Survival for Gig Companies Like Uber

A group that also includes Lyft and DoorDash has spent nearly $200 million to support a California proposition that could save them from a new labor law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #political-advertising, #postmates-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Appeals Court Says Uber and Lyft Must Treat California Drivers as Employees

The ruling adds new urgency to a ballot measure in the state that would exempt the companies from a new labor law intended to give gig workers more employment rights.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

Making a New Start in a Business of Their Own

Whether because of layoffs or a desire for a new challenge, older people are becoming entrepreneurs at an increasing rate.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #entrepreneurship, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #retirement

California, Reject Prop 22

Gig workers deserve the dignity of fair compensation.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #uber-eats, #wages-and-salaries

Seattle Passes Minimum Pay Rate for Uber and Lyft Drivers

The city became the second in the nation to create a compensation standard for ride-hailing drivers, after New York.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #seattle-wash, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber and Lyft Could Gain From U.S. Rule Defining Employment

The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #overtime, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Why Unemployment Claims May Be Overcounted by Millions

Weekly tallies of jobless claims were not meant to be treated as an economic indicator. The pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of doing so.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #states-us, #statistics, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

Cleaners Demand Harassment Safeguards From the Booking Service Handy

Workers for a home services company say they face sexual harassment and unfair fees. A civil rights group is asking California regulators to step in.

#california, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #handy, #labor-and-jobs, #sexual-harassment

The Strange Grief of Losing My Sense of Taste

Many symptoms of Covid-19 were difficult, but losing my ability to taste hurt the most.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #las-vegas-nev, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #senses-and-sensation, #smell-olfaction, #social-media, #taste, #writing-and-writers

Uber Is Hurting Drivers Like Me in Its Legal Fight in California

We’re in limbo as the ride-hailing company spends millions fighting a new state law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #chauffeurs-and-drivers, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #living-wage, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber and Lyft Threaten to Shut Down in California

The companies, under legal pressure to reclassify their drivers as employees, said they would halt rides unless an appeals court gives them permission to continue.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

Why Work From Home When You Can Work From Barbados, Bermuda or … Estonia?

Several countries with fragile tourist economies have started to offer visas that allow foreign nationals to live and work for a period of at least six months.

#barbados, #bermuda, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eastern-europe, #estonia, #foreign-workers, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #georgia-georgian-republic, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantines, #telecommuting, #travel-and-vacations

Uber and Lyft Consider Franchise-Like Model in California

Under pressure to classify their freelance drivers as full-time employees, the ride-hailing companies are discussing another option.

#automobiles, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #franchises, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #state-legislatures, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries, #zimmer-john-1984

In Europe, Millions of Jobless Are Falling Through the Cracks

Government efforts to subsidize wages and prevent layoffs have kept many in jobs, but they aren’t sheltering an army of precarious workers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #politics-and-government, #unemployment

I Am the C.E.O. of Uber. Gig Workers Deserve Better.

Gig workers want both flexibility and benefits — we support laws that could make that possible.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #uber-technologies-inc, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries

‘It’s Time for a Change’: Workers Idled by the Virus Try New Careers

Facing a loss of hours, unsecured wages and slow reopenings, some unemployed Britons are reconsidering their livelihoods.

#careers-and-professions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #quarantines, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #wages-and-salaries

Uber and Lyft Drivers Win Ruling on Unemployment Benefits

A federal judge’s decision in New York is a key victory in efforts to secure the protections extended to other workers.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dearcy-hall-judge-lashann, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

Upsides for Some Remote Workers; Lost Pay and Security for Others

Working from home creates economic winners and losers. It can benefit highly skilled employees but depress others’ wages and make it hard to organize.

#automattic, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duckduckgo, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #outsourcing, #telecommuting, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-environment

Slimmed-Down Baseball on TV Has Broadcast Workers Worried

Could changes to telecasts made during the coronavirus pandemic become permanent?

#baseball, #cameras, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #television

After Picking Up Work Here and There, No Unemployment Check

For many people, making a living is a cobbled-together proposition. That leaves a hole in the safety net when things turn bad.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #part-time-employment, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

Using Black Art While Failing Black Artists

Black artists, models, designers and other creative professionals say they have been used to lend legitimacy to diversity campaigns while being underpaid and pigeonholed.

#advertising-and-marketing, #aina-jackie, #art, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #clouser-dionne, #discrimination, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hiring-and-promotion, #martin-shantell, #okello-lydia, #race-and-ethnicity

Massachusetts Sues Uber and Lyft Over the Status of Drivers

A lawsuit by the state’s attorney general adds to pressure on the companies to consider their drivers full-time employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #healey-maura-1971, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance, #wages-and-salaries