About 6 years ago

02/18/2016 - Food For Thought: 2/18/2016

Why Pay Employees to Exercise When You Can Threaten Them?

– Bloomberg News

As healthcare costs continue to rise, more and more companies are working to encourage their employees to join wellness campaigns. As Bloomberg reports, it’s penalties rather than incentives that are more effective at increasing employee participation.

 

Hillary Clinton Should Just Say Yes to a $15 Minimum Wage

– New York Times 

Many assume Hillary Clinton has already endorsed a $15 minimum wage. She has not, only going so far as to support a $12 wage. The New York Times Opinion Page suggests she should just get it over with and endorse $15.
Restaurants Are Booming Despite Financial Market Turmoil

– Los Angeles Times 

With the restaurant industry booming despite questions about the economy — the Los Angeles Times examines the notion that restaurants may no longer be the faithful measuring stick of general prosperity they once were.
It’s Time to End the Federal Minimum Wage

– National Review

Economists are beginning to highlight the fallacy of looking to Scandinavian countries as a model for labor-friendly policies for many reasons, most notably, most of them have no minimum wage.
Gig Economy Attracts Many Workers, Few Full-Time Jobs

– The Wall Street Journal 

The Wall Street Journal looks at the state of the “gig economy,” and explores its potential pitfalls; namely data showing digital platforms such as Uber and Airbnb may be growing rapidly, but its users only supplement incomes rather than use it to replace full-time work.