Austin Frakt is director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System; associate professor with Boston University’s School of Public Health; and adjunct associate professor with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He blogs at The Incidental Economist. @afrakt … [Read more...] about Is Medicare for All the Answer to Sky-High Administrative Costs?
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The settlement would not resolve the ultimate issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors. Rather, it would allow Uber to continue operating in its current business model treating drivers as independent contractors. Yet at the same time, the settlement includes certain operational changes that would provide drivers with more job security than most at-will employees enjoy. For one, Uber agreed to write a comprehensive deactivation policy whereby it would only deactivate drivers from the app for sufficient cause, and it would share this list of reasons with drivers. Uber would also provide drivers with at least two advance warnings before they are deactivated from the app, with certain exceptions such as if a driver engages in illegal conduct. Uber also promises to provide the reason(s) for deactivation and develop an appeals process for drivers who believe they have been deactivated unfairly. Further, Uber agreed to recognize and fund a “drivers’ … [Read more...] about To Be or Not To Be an Uber Employee: That Is [and will Remain] the Question
The air conditioning on the Route 5 bus one recent, rainy morning seemed negligible at best. The windows steamed up, creating a kind of communal cocoon for sodden passengers on their way to work, school, home, doctors’ appointments — or perhaps no place in particular. … [Read more...] about Fate of Route 5 bus upgrade uncertain with lack of funding
In order to achieve this, Uber has begun expanding its offerings. In April 2018, it bought Jump Bikes, a dockless bike-share service that has since expanded into scooters and which Uber claims is beginning to cannibalize its shorter ride-hail trips. The company has also signed agreements with third-party providers to expand the options in its app, including Lime’s scooter-sharing service, Getaround’s car-sharing service, Masabi’s transit ticketing — to name just a few. It also announced a partnership with Denver’s transit agency to allow its services to appear in the Uber app — notably, this news came just a couple of weeks after the University of Kentucky report on Uber’s negative effect on transit ridership. … [Read more...] about Uber may be convenient for city commuters — but it is bad for cities ǀ View
Critics have charged that WeWork is little more than a lease arbitrage business -- it leases office space, divides it up, and then subleases it to tenants to turn a profit. The problem with that model, they say, is that it tends to fare poorly in recessions. WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has responded to this concern by saying that WeWork locations in countries like Argentina and China have already been subjected to economic slowdowns and have still performed well. He also said that WeWork locations are 50% to 70% cheaper than competing office space, making it an attractive proposition in a recession, when businesses would be looking to trim real estate costs. … [Read more...] about Why WeWork could be the star of 2019’s IPO class