– USA Today
Unemployment is below 4%, which means companies are in a giant rugby scrum for qualified workers. In this climate, employers are pulling out all the stops (raising the minimum wage, expanding parental leave, tuition reimbursement) to attract and retain qualified workers. The nation’s largest employer, Walmart, hopes that helping send its workers back to college will keep them with the company.
– The Washington Post
Under the politics makes strange bedfellows header, Washington, DC city council members which have been enacting one mandate after another on employers over the past few years are now aggressively defending the tipped wage. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson made a surprise appearance at a public forum on the issue to correct the record, stating sexual harassment in restaurants has nothing to do with the tipped wage. It’s “the relationship between the a–hole patron and the server, not tips.”
Ridesharing companies have been repeatedly been accused of paying meager wages to drivers, and San Francisco has had enough. In a move that could have reverberations throughout the “sharing economy,” the City of San Francisco has sent subpoenas to Uber and Lyft demanding that the companies hand over records from 2015 onward for driver pay, benefits, and whether workers are considered employees or independent contractors.
– The New York Times
As the first American city to test so-called universal basic income, Stockton California hopes to make itself an exhibition ground for elevated fortunes through a simple yet unorthodox experiment. It is readying plans to deliver $500 a month in donated cash to perhaps 100 local families, no strings attached. Governments, businesses and social scientists around the world will likely be watching as they explore how to share the bounty of capitalism more broadly at a time of rising economic inequality.