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Black Car Fund in Spotlight as Urgency for Gig-Worker Benefits Grows

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The work comp industry’s fascination with New York’s Black Car Fund seems to be growing …

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Frank Neuhauser Oct 7, 2019 a 7:10 am PDT

Hmmm. 2.5% of fares? translate that to % of "payroll" and you are looking at a very high comp rate. That does not seem correct given a relatively safe industry AND where auto insurance is responsible for nearly all serious injuries. Someone will be making a bundle and it won't be the drivers or car services. I think employers and workers should do a serious audit of the Black Car Fund, executives and investors, if any.

Brian Allen Oct 7, 2019 a 8:10 am PDT

The 2.5% surcharge covers workers' comp and other benefits. As stated in the article, some of those other benefits are access to tele-medicine, mental health benefits, survivor benefits, etc. They also provide safety training for drivers, first responder training and Amber alert training. Based on what I have seen of the fund, it is very frugal and offers great benefits for minimal cost and in the process preserves the independence of the drivers - which is what most of them want. It operates as a non-profit and is scrutinized by regulators in NY regularly. The Black Car Fund is an innovative solution that should be replicated across the country.

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