On Jul. 6, 2015 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Gigs With Benefits” about Sharing companies like Uber, Lyft, Postdates, TaskRabbit and Instacart. Called the gig economy, people scramble to get work but are not employees. The California Labor Commission has ruled that in at least one instance those people are indeed employees. Microsoft, Federal Express and many other corporations have tried to classify employees as contractors. Courts and government agencies like the IRS disagree. The social safety net needs to be expanded and strengthened as more people lose stable employment.
Lizzie Widdecombe wrote “The Higher Life” about the mindfulness meditation fad and how people misuse or try to appropriate Buddhism for their own personal gain.
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