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June 2015 Archives

Why the California 'Uber' ruling matters

Earlier this month, the California Labor Commission announced its ruling in a case that will likely result in consequences far beyond the immediate scope of the parties involved. Specifically, the commission ruled that an Uber driver based in California is an actual employee of the company, not “simply” a contractor. Although this seems like a straightforward and narrow ruling, it could have wide implications.

Is a bias toward perceived masculinity what drives higher wages?

An interesting study recently came out in the journal "Gender and Society." Researchers from McGill University tracked data about Canadians' earnings, sexual orientation and relationship status and found that gay men who have partners earn an average of 5 percent less than heterosexual men with partners. Moreover, lesbians with partners tend to earn about 8 percent more than heterosexual women with partners.