September 11, 2015 |
Uber's billboards promised opportunities to earn $25 to $30 an hour, so Takele Gobena quit his $9-an-hour job at the Seattle airport, borrowed money to buy a car, and began working as a driver for Uber and Lyft. "We're not earning a living wage," Gobena said. After expenses, he said, he wound up earning $2.64 an hour, not enough to cover car payments or support his infant daughter. Gobena served as Exhibit A on Wednesday as advocates for low-wage workers released a report about problems and possible solutions for a growing class of workers such as Gobena in what is known as the on-demand economy.
January 16, 2015 |
In the latest twist on the continuing legal tangle over whether workers are defined as employees or independent contractors, the New Jersey Supreme Court said Wednesday that workers are considered to be employees unless the company can prove otherwise. The case, filed in 2010 in federal court in New Jersey, was closely-watched by business owners and unions. Three New Jersey men, two from the area, who delivered Sleepy's mattresses contended they were improperly classified as independent contractors, causing them to lose benefits and forcing them to cover expenses that should have been paid by Sleepy's L.L.C.
November 10, 2014
C HRISTOPHER CAPORALE, 21, of Havertown, is a St. Joseph's University junior and founder of Waterless Works, a water-free mobile car-wash business. The new, five-person startup allows customers to schedule a car wash at a time/place that's convenient. It says each of its car washes saves 38 gallons of water, and for every car wash completed five gallons of clean water is donated to WaterisLife, a charity that provides clean drinking water to families in Ghana, Kenya and India. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
March 19, 2014 |
Are the drivers who deliver Sleepy's mattresses employees or independent contractors? The outcome of a case argued Monday in New Jersey Supreme Court could have major ramifications for businesses and workers. "This argument is about more than my three drivers," said Anthony L. Marchetti Jr., the Cherry Hill lawyer who filed a lawsuit in 2010 on behalf of Sam Hargrove, Andre Hall, and Marco Eusebio. That's because appellate judges in federal court, where the case was originally filed, have asked New Jersey's Supreme Court to devise a test to be used to determine, in general, whether workers are employees or independent contractors under New Jersey state wage laws.
February 21, 2013
P AUL BENNETT, 42, and his wife, Lani Bevacqua, 42, of Southwest Center City, own Context Travel, on South Street near 22nd. Context, which started in 2003, had $3.8 million in revenue last year. It's a network of scholars in archaeology, art history and culture who design and lead in-depth walking seminars for small groups of curious travelers in 23 cities worldwide. Bevacqua oversees the website and advertising, and Bennett manages finances and staff. We spoke with Bennett. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Context?
December 14, 2012 |
HAVANA - Cuba's economy czar said Thursday that the government is planning more measures to support and increase the ranks of independent workers and small business owners, including the authorization of new areas of private employment. Real estate broker, delivery person, antiques dealer and produce vendor will be among the newly legal private professions, Marino Murillo told lawmakers at the second of their twice-annual sessions. Economists have long said Cuba needs to expand the number of allowable private enterprises, with an emphasis on legalizing more independent white-collar work.
September 21, 2012 |
FOR THE generally uncompelling, perpetually confusing and often ignored FedEx Cup, it hardly could have worked out better. Tiger vs. Rory: A Ryder Cup preview. Rory McIlroy entered Thursday's Tour Championship first in the FedEx Cup points race. Tiger stands second. Perfect. Golf and its marketers are preoccupied with the biennial hypefest, next week's Ryder Cup. Meanwhile, the NASCAR-emulation that is the FedEx Cup finishes this weekend. Given the $8 million purses and the $1.44 million first-place money for each of the four events, and given the $10 million bonus awarded the overall points winner, the FedEx Cup really should be a bigger deal than, at least, the Ryder Cup. These are professional golfers, after all, independent contractors who compete as small corporations.
July 19, 2012 |
Five years after the New Jersey Legislature cracked down on abuse of state pension benefits by local government lawyers and other professionals, little has changed, according to a scathing report released by the state comptroller Tuesday. In a review of just 58 of the state's more than 1,000 municipalities and school districts, investigators found that all but one had failed to properly pull those disqualified from receiving benefits from their pension rolls. In Magnolia, officials relied on the borough lawyer to determine his own pension eligibility until one official threatened to quit, according to the report.
December 22, 2011 |
WHEN I was a schoolteacher in Olney, a fellow teacher used to regale the staff every September with stories about his travels to Mexico and South and Central America. Relaxing! A journey he'd never forget, he'd crow a little too loudly in staff meetings as he passed around pictures. I still remember the nausea I felt when I opened a national news magazine a few years later to see his face on a story about international child predators. He was serving 10 years in a Mexican prison for soliciting sex from children the same age that he taught at our school.
September 5, 2011 |
Freelancers, independent contractors, consultants, day laborers working off the books for cash, contingent workers, temps, virtual assistants, free agents. These are the names for the ever-growing part of America's labor force with an interesting distinction. They aren't employees. Or at least, they aren't on the payrolls of the companies where they spend their days (or work from home) answering phones, installing drywall, conducting research, delivering packages, engineering bridges, staffing help desks, researching logistics issues, writing Internet copy, implementing new software, cleaning toilets.