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What’s Going on in the Workforce
The DoL released a new guideline last week on joint employer liability (i.e.—don’t think that just because you use subcontractors, you’re not required to make sure their workers get the minimum wage). Read more here.
And while we’re talking contractors, check out Amazon’s delivery business—they’ve recently started using more, to deliver Prime Now orders within 2 hours.
You wanna win in the on-demand economy? (At least, until writing code becomes automated.) Try your skills as a freelance coder. Oh yeah, and being a “genius on demand” doesn’t hurt, either.
Care-matching app Honor just announced that they’re making all their caregivers into W-2 employees.
Over the weekend, I was poking around looking for Uber ads, and stumbled on this on Craigslist. I guess this is the equivalent of buying an apartment, just to rent it on AirBnB? (PS–oddly enough, Uber advertises in the “jobs” not “gigs” section of CL.)
The “zero hours” campaign in the UK has resulted in thousands of new union members, as it brings in millennials to workplace organizing.
Kapor Capital has just announced goals for diversity and inclusion that they’re asking all the companies they fund to commit to. Can we get them to add a focus on democratizing profits?
Reputation, reputation, reputation
Don’t worry about the strength of your resume—worry about the strength of your network, if you want to get hired again & again & again (hey, it’s worked for me!).
The Police Use of Force Project highlights policy changes that may bring about more de-escalation & fewer police shootings. Cities are not always transparent about their use of force policies, but there’s a good chart here.
The Brookings Institution is holding a DC briefing next week to talk about Silicon Valley’s influence on the Democratic Party.
ICYMI edition—the AFL-CIO just launched an online magazine on Medium.
Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
Is discrimination in the sharing economy happening outside of labor law entirely? Great piece by the OnLabor blog.
Homeaway (which rents out vacation homes) wants you to think about the bad side of sharing a house with someone else, in their new ad campaign.
h/t to friend-o-the-blog Thomas Beckett, for pointing out this story about a worker-owned grocery chain that not only undercuts Wal-Mart on price, but does it while providing health benefits to everyone who works more than 24 hours a week, and pensions too.