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TECH 29 Nov 2016 | 7:40 AM

Unions, gig-economy firms gear up for New York benefits battle

Faced with a barrage of lawsuits from workers demanding benefits and recognition as employees, some companies in the fast-growing 'gig economy' are looking to settle the issues through legislation.

TECH 30 Dec 2016 | 1:30 AM

‘Uberisation’ of India’s domestic work market has benefits and risks

A booming digital market matching Indian domestic workers with employers may offer benefits for some housemaids but won't end low wages and discrimination and may exclude the poorest women who don't have smartphones, according to new research.

TECH 24 May 2017 | 5:41 AM

Brazil appeals court rules Uber driver not entitled to benefits

A Brazil appeals court ruled that a driver working for Uber via its ride-hailing app is not an employee of the San Francisco-based company and therefore not entitled to workers' benefits, overturning an earlier lower court decision.

TECH 11 Sep 2014 | 3:55 PM

Tech factory workers strike in China over mooncakes, benefits

About 16,000 workers at two subsidiaries of Taiwanese touch-screen maker Wintek Corp went on strike over holiday benefits this week in southern China in one of the biggest work stoppages this year, the Xinhua news agency reported.

TECH 15 Mar 2019 | 7:39 AM

Apple says Spotify wants benefits of a free app without being free

Apple Inc on March 14 responded to Spotify Technology SA's complaint with EU antitrust regulators, saying the audio streaming service "wants all the benefits of a free app without being free".

TECH 15 Feb 2017 | 10:08 AM

Brazil judge rules Uber drivers are employees, deserve benefits

A Brazilian judge ruled that a driver using the Uber ride-hailing app is an employee of the San Francisco-based company and is entitled to workers' benefits, adding to the global debate over labour rights for drivers on the platform.

TECH 03 Oct 2014 | 1:26 PM

Silicon Valley takes benefits 'arms race' to healthcare

High salaries and free food aren't enough any more in Silicon Valley, where maturing companies are competing for talent with creative health care and "wellness" programmes that use gadgets to promote good behaviour.

TECH 24 Aug 2017 | 12:00 AM

No two-tier benefits: Amazon warehouse workers get same parental leave as corporate staff

When Elvira Lopez's son Javier was born in March 2016, the Amazon.com warehouse employee took advantage of a perk that few US hourly workers enjoy: She took 20 weeks of paid maternity leave, and after that, a six-week gradual ramp-up back to work.

TECH 23 Jul 2018 | 4:00 AM

Put down your phone if you want your brain to reap the benefits of nature, says study

Being in nature can give a boost to your brain power, but only if you put away your phone and laptop, suggests a new US study.

TECH 11 Sep 2017 | 2:30 AM

Benefits of self-driving cars still uncertain: opinion

If you believe the optimists, self-driving cars will dominate our roads within a couple decades. This will reduce or even eliminate such human-created ills as traffic jams and fatal accidents.