Λινξ 171: Πράγματα Για Διάβασμα

1. Αυτή η δικηγόρος μπορεί να καταστρέψει το business plan του Uber, του Airbnb, και άλλων παρόμοιων εταιρειών 

Αν οι οδηγοί της Uber καταγράφονταν ως υπάλληλοι της εταιρείας, και όχι ως ανεξάρτητοι συμβαχιούχοι (μπλοκάκια!) τελείωσε, το επιχειρηματικό σχέδιό της θα τιναζόταν στον αέρα. Μια δικηγόρος προσπαθεί να φέρει το θέμα στα δικαστήρια.

Liss-Riordan smelled blood. She realized that if Uber’s drivers were reclassified as normal W-2 employees, rather than 1099 independent contractors, Uber would be required to pay payroll taxes for them, and provide them with benefits like workers’ compensation insurance and unemployment. In some states, such as California, Uber would also be required to reimburse drivers for the costs of the job, including gas, wear-and-tear on their cars, and car insurance. If Uber had indeed misclassified its drivers, the company’s entire business model was built on a legal mistake.

2. Ο Μαραθώνιος της Πγιονγκγιάνγκ

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3. Η αλλόκοτη ιστορία ενός από τους μεγαλύτερους κατασκόπους της Μοσάντ

In the aftermath of the massacre at the Munich Olympics, in 1972, Gil had been among the operatives who’d hunted down and executed members of the terrorist group Black September. He had collected operational intelligence on Iraq’s nuclear facility, which was later destroyed by Israel’s Air Force. He had laid the foundation for intelligence networks in Sudan and had played a key role in a covert operation, known publicly as Operation Moses and within the Mossad by the code name Brothers, that brought 7,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel. And it was Gil who had recruited and handled Red Falcon, who for over two decades was Israel’s most valuable agent in the Arab world.

4. Πώς δουλεύει ένας μοντέρ σε σύγχρονες κωμωδίες 

Stationed at his console, White can tweak and amplify laughs much the way a music producer uses Auto-Tune to alter and improve vocals. “Avid allows us the time to try out a bunch of different ideas, because you can do it so quickly,” he said. “It allows us to finesse the timing of the joke and the content of the joke, to adjust the rhythm and the size, in a way that has actually made movies funnier.”

5. Μισθοί των αμερικανών CEO: Μια μεταρρύθμιση που απέτυχε

Μετά την κρίση του 2009, οι ΗΠΑ υιοθέτησαν κανόνες που υπολόγιζαν ότι θα περιορίζουν τις υπέρογκες αποδοχές των διευθύνοντων συμβούλων των μεγάλων εταιρειών. Η μεταρρύθμιση έγινε. Αλλά δεν πέτυχε τίποτε:

These reforms were all well-intentioned. But their effect on the general level of C.E.O. salaries has been approximately zero. Executive compensation dipped during the financial crisis, but it has risen briskly since, and is now higher than it’s ever been. Median C.E.O. pay among companies in the S. & P. 500 was $10.5 million in 2013; total compensation is up more than seven hundred per cent since the late seventies. There’s little doubt that the data for 2014, once compiled, will show that C.E.O. compensation has risen yet again. And shareholders, it turns out, rather than balking at big pay packages, approve most of them by margins that would satisfy your average tinpot dictator. Last year, all but two per cent of compensation packages got majority approval, and seventy-four per cent of them received more than ninety per cent approval.

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