McDonald’s adds new perks for employees as fast-food chains battle for workers (MCD)

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images McDonald’s is debuting new career and academic advising tools for workers, the fast-food giant announced on Tuesday.  The move follows McDonald’s announcement earlier this year that it plans to triple employee tuition assistance.  Fast-food chains are looking for creative solutions to win over workers as competition for labor heats up.  McDonald’s is […]

Economists think antitrust policy should pay more attention to workers

OF LATE, POWERFUL corporations have been pairing up with impressive ardour. Perhaps it is something in the air. Or perhaps it is friendly regulators. On October 22nd America’s antitrust authorities gave their blessing to this year’s latest mega-merger: the union of Praxair and Linde, two industrial-gas giants worth a combined $ 90bn. Despite signs that […]

Tech firms to SEC: We want the option to pay non-employee workers in equity

Enlarge (credit: Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) In recent weeks, both Uber and Airbnb have sent formal letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission, asking the regulatory agency to expand efforts that would allow drivers and hosts to also be paid in company shares. Exactly how this would work in practice remains unclear. The […]

Ebola outbreak could spiral out of control as health workers deal with armed insurgents, hostile locals

A closer look at the day’s most notable stories with The National’s Jonathon Gatehouse: health experts struggle to contain Ebola outbreak; the intense celebrity showdown between Taylor Swift and Kanye West turns political; experts answer questions about cannabis legalization plan.

What about your workers? Amazon’s Bezos gets grief for $2bn fund to help homeless & children

Amazon CEO and world’s richest man Jeff Bezos has invoked Twitter wrath for seemingly an all-around commendable cause – setting up a charity fund to fight homelessness and create a preschool network for the underprivileged. The so-called Day One Fund will be multi-billionaire businessman’s most significant foray into philanthropy to date. The 2$ billion pledged […]

Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses

Enlarge / Jimmy Johns required employees to sign noncompete agreements, a practice it dropped in 2016 after a lawsuit. (credit: J. Hendron) Tucked into an economic development bill signed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker earlier this month was a little-noticed provision that could have a big economic impact for Massachusetts workers. The language, introduced by […]

San Francisco’s housing market is so out of control, 60% of tech workers say they can’t afford homes

HBO The San Francisco Bay Area’s housing market is so bleak, even tech workers are struggling to buy a home there. A survey by Blind found that 59% of employees at Bay Area tech companies said they cannot afford homes. Cisco, eBay, and Intuit had the highest percentage of employees who said home ownership is […]

Homeless & migrant workers ‘exploited’ to clean up Fukushima radiation, UN warns

UN human rights experts have slammed the Japanese government for the alleged exploitation of “tens of thousands” of workers, as well as migrants and the homeless, said to be cleaning up the mangled Fukushima nuclear plant. In a three-way joint statement, released Thursday via the United Nations, the human rights experts detailed their deep concern […]