Uber’s Misclassifications and the Sharing Economy

Giving benefits to Uber drivers will not kill the sharing economy.

Job Of The Day: Fake Celebrity

Want to get the celebrity treatment? Here’s a job for you: go to rural China and let a real-estate developer present you as one of the famous models or actors who just happen to enjoy hanging around this brand-new property.

Job Of The Day: Professional Marathon Runner

These athletes live modest lives, running paycheck to paycheck like the rest of us, except their paychecks are both larger and farther apart—and they have to run 26 miles and beat 26,000 other people to get them.

Happy Equal Pay Day!

Today is Equal Pay Day, which—to quote the National Committee on Pay Equity—”symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.”

Undercompensated in Academia

I grew up in an academic household, and academia was a goal of mine from an early age. Both my parents are musicians teaching in academia, and while I also loved to perform, I had decided in college that I would probably follow in my parents’ footsteps and pursue teaching on a university level.

Job Of The Day: Professional Shears Sharpener

It’s one of those “invisible” jobs that I had never really thought about before, but of course salons need people who know how to sharpen different types of professional-grade shears, and so we have professional shears sharpeners who get the job done.

Job Of The Day: Professional Selfie Retoucher

Do you know how to construct a perfect selfie? Can you make an image look vibrant, lively, FOMO- and envy-enducing, and—most of all—flattering? More importantly, can you take an average selfie that someone snapped off Instagram and retouch it to include all of those qualities while still hashtagging it #nofilter?

If so, you might be cut out for a freelance career in professional selfie retouching.

Are Gig Economy Startups Misclassifying Their Workers?

Handy, for starters, is getting sued because the company is classifying workers as independent contracters while allegedly insisting the contractors follow the same rules that one might give an employee, including “suggestions” about when to wear headphones and how to use the bathroom.

Job Of The Day: Antarctic Post Office, Shop, Museum Manager

The BBC announced that the Antarctic Heritage Trust is seeking four seasonal workers to spend November to March at Port Lockroy, to “run the post office, shop and museum as well as carry out maintenance.”

The Year America Gets a Raise

The savings rate among Millennials is at negative 2 percent, partly due to stagnant wages coupled with increases in fixed costs. A bad labor market—lots of low-wage work available, but not enough ones with decent pay—have caused many young people to work multiple jobs. As Carl E. Van Horn, director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, told the Times: “The only cure for young people in this position is an economic recovery of robust proportions.”