Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Uber-fication of Workers’ Compensation

A copy of a pilot Uber insurance plan shows flimsy protection against on-the-job injuries.
June 25-July 1, 2017

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The Uber-fication of Workers' Compensation

Driving strangers around in your car, professionally, is as dangerous as logging or mining, involving collisions, assault, and traumatic sexual harassment, among other hazards. Those working in taxis and limos can often claim state workers' compensation benefits for their injuries, but Uber drivers have been left in the cold because they're contractors. An Uber pilot program to address this issue has drivers footing the bill — for low-quality insurance riddled with problems. That's according to an internal document obtained by Avi Asher-Schapiro, who, in the course of an investigation published by The Intercept this past week, talked to a former state workers' comp official who went up against Uber. Her verdict? "Those guys are bullies."

Also this week, Liliana Segura examines the case of William Morva, who is set to be executed on July 6 despite evidence he is severely mentally ill — and despite the fact that jurors at his original trial never heard critical mitigating evidence about his mental state. Morva's fate is now in the hands of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Ryan Tate
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Uber Still Doesn't Get It: Company Docs Reveal Flimsy Plan for Injured Workers
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A copy of a pilot Uber insurance plan shows relatively flimsy, cheap protection against on-the-job injuries.
Will Virginia Execute a Man Whose Crimes Were Driven by Delusions?
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William Morva is set to die on July 6, despite evidence he is severely mentally ill. Will Gov. Terry McAuliffe kill him anyway?

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