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Uber settles disputes with thousands of drivers before IPO

Uber reached a settlement with tens of thousands of its drivers in the United States over their employment status. The dispute centers on whether drivers should be considered employees of the company or independent contractors. Uber declined to provide details of the settlement, but said it continues to believe its drivers are independent contractors, not…

Alleged retaliation for employee protests at Google

Google employees are protesting again six months after walkouts over the company’s handling of sexual harassment claims. Protests took place on the May 1 Day of Action at sit-ins at Google offices around the world following allegations of retaliation from the company against employees who participated in last year’s walkouts.  Lunchtime Conversations: As demanded by the activist…

The politics of climate change

The New York Times Magazine recently published its Climate Issue titled The Problem with Putting a Price on the End of The World. The Time’s op-ed columnist, David Leonhardt, makes the case that economists have workable policy ideas for addressing climate change. A United Nations panel of scientists recently concluded that avoiding horrific damage will require…

Amazon employees speak out on climate change actions

Since Tuesday, over 5,000 Amazon employees have signed a letter urging Jeff Bezos to create a comprehensive climate change plan for the company. Published online and addressed to the CEO and Amazon’s board of directors, it called for a company-wide plan backed by six principles; including “a complete transition away from fossil fuels rather than relying…

Google requires full benefits for contractors, temporary workers

Google says it will require its contracted and temporary workforce to receive full benefits including comprehensive healthcare, paid parental leave, and a $15 minimum wage according to an internal memo provided to The Hill. Google’s announcement came the same day that 915 Google workers signed a letter demanding equal treatment for the company’s temporary workers and contractors, known…

Zuckerberg invites government regulation

In an op-ed Saturday in the Irish Independent and the Washington Post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asked governments to play a more active role in regulating the Internet. He proposed European-style privacy rules for the U.S. and asked regulators to set clearer rules on “harmful content, election integrity, privacy, and data portability.” Lunchtime Conversations: Would…

The college cheating scandal and America’s elite

college cheating scandal

The U.S. college-admissions scandal highlights a higher education system that rewards privilege rather than expanding opportunities for an increasingly diverse population. On March 12, federal prosecutors announced that 50 people, including an Oscar-nominated actress, a co-chairman of international law firm Wilkie Farr & Gallagher, and the former chief executive of PIMCO, participated in a massive scam…

Dick’s Sporting Goods to further reduce gun sales

Storyline: Despite the potential impact on its earnings, Dick’s Sporting Goods is removing more firearms and other hunting products from 125 of its stores. This action follows the shootings last year in Parkland, FL that killed 17 people and prompted the company’s chief executive, Edward Stack, to stop selling guns to customers under 21 and…