Jobs

Automated hiring, scheduling, and workplace monitoring are transforming the daily lives of people who work for big companies. And new kinds of work are offering more opportunity, and more risk, to individuals on flexible terms. Here’s where we take a look at what it all means.

Tech industry’s gender pay gap gets fresh attention from an activist investor.

Even with survey data and discrimination lawsuits, it can be hard to fully assess the true scope of the pay gap across the industry. That’s where investor Natasha Lamb, director of shareholder engagement at an activist investment firm, steps in.

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To reduce hiring bias, some tech companies take a cue from symphonies

Most technology companies claim that they want to have a diverse workforce. But relatively few truly achieve it. Today, new software companies promise to help tackle this challenge. Can they deliver?

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Gig Economy Companies Reclassify Workers as Employees

Amid ongoing debate over whether gig economy workers are independently contracting “micropreneurs” or instead temporary employees, two companies — Instacart and Shyp — are making a switch. They will now classify some workers as part-time employees instead of as contractors. This answers a sustained call from some advocates, and may improve conditions for the workers.

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Building a Safety Net for the Gig Economy

A new essay argues that we can design ‘micro-benefits’ that accrue automatically for Uber drivers, Instacart shoppers, and other participants in today’s world of on demand work.

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Erratic Work Schedules, Made By Computer, Spark Calls for “Fair Scheduling”

Algorithms that assign work shifts at the last minute can upend employees’ lives. From San Francisco City Hall to Capitol Hill, policymakers are thinking about new rules to ensure that workers can predict their schedules, plan their lives, and build for the future.

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