– There has been a national discussion on whether gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft should classify their workers as employees or independent contractors. In California, a company has made that transition. Here are the results. (Atlantic, 9/14)
But while the policy debate rages on, a real-world experiment has been testing what, exactly, would happen if companies had to switch a large swath of their workers from independent contractors to employees. As of January 1 of this year, cannabis-delivery workers are mandated by state law to be classified as employees. These rules, adopted after Californians voted to legalize marijuana in 2016, are a way for law enforcement to ensure that dispensaries take responsibility for their product, and that it is being handled by trained employees.
Since they were enacted, dispensaries around California have started the process of switching delivery drivers, and in some cases other workers as well, from independent contractors to employees. Their experience highlights, more than any hypothetical debate, how there is no one easy answer for how to best structure the gig economy.
– Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park’s volunteers complain of mistreatment by National Park Service staff. (WaPo, 9/16)
CSR | In a new blog, Katy Moore, WRAG’s managing director of corporate strategy, explores how companies are stepping up and speaking out on social justice issues. (Daily, 9/17)
– HUD Secretary Ben Carson is confronting housing discrimination by trying to incentivize landlords to accept tenants with housing vouchers. (Citylab, 9/13)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Here’s what happened at Montgomery County’s first county executive debate. (WaPo, 9/15)
UNITED STATES | The administration has announced that it will no longer fund peace-building programs for Palestinians and Israelis. (NPR, 9/15)
HOMELESSNESS | Column: Jeff Bezos is donating money to fix a problem his company perpetuates (Fast Company, 9/13)
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