From speedier Wi-Fi to new bikes: As the pandemic drags on, companies paying for work-from-home perks beyond the basics
CHICAGO — When Ben Meeder bought a new ride from a bicycle shop earlier this summer, his employer footed the bill.The purchase was part of a $700 stipend software company ServiceNow gave its employees to improve their well-being during the isolating and seemingly unending pandemic.ServiceNow’s stipend increased from $500 in July, right around the time it became clear to many companies that employees would remain remote until at least 2021. ServiceNow is not alone.Six months into the coronavirus pandemic and with no return to the office in sight, employers are realizing that working remotely th...
COVID-19 is causing workers to reassess career choices: 'The pandemic has required people to do a lot of soul-searching'
SEATTLE — A layoff during a pandemic was something Alissa Berry was determined to turn into a positive.After more than 20 years in senior manager and director positions for mainly big technology firms, an unemployed Berry in April suddenly had loads of free time to reassess her career. For two months, she analyzed what she was passionate about before landing at a beverage company with fewer than 500 employees.“The biggest thing I did was that I allowed myself to take the time to really sit down and reflect,” the Seattle said. “For me, it was really reevaluating what I loved and the values I wa...
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'It's always a scary thing': Millions of Americans may have recently lost health insurance
CHICAGO — If Vahap Sarac and his wife can’t find affordable health insurance for their family soon, they’re considering sending their young daughters to live with their grandparents in Estonia.Sarac was furloughed from his job as a banquet captain at the Palmer House Hilton hotel when COVID-19 hit in mid-March, after working there for more than 30 years. The health insurance coverage he has through his job is scheduled to end Oct. 1.Estonia has a far lower rate of deaths from COVID-19 than the U.S. and near-universal health coverage.“We don’t want to separate from our kids,” said Sarac, 55 of ...
Uber and Lyft sued for 'unpaid wages' by California Labor Commissioner over driver classification
California opened a new front in its battle against Uber and Lyft over their classification of drivers as contractors instead of employees, with the state’s labor commissioner on Wednesday filing suit against the two companies.The San Francisco ride-hailing firms decided from the start of their operations to “misclassify” their drivers “as a means of unlawfully depriving these workers of a host of statutory protections applicable to employees, in direct contravention of California law,” according to the separate but nearly identical lawsuits filed in state court in Alameda County claimed.Wedne...
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