Friday Roundup: Corporate recruiting pool, robots & AI, menu labeling, voters think sales tax is most fair

There are always a few items we’ve read during the week that deserve more attention but don’t make it into our regular posts. So we bundle them for the Friday roundup.

Here’s this week’s bundle:

Wall Street Journal: New Corporate Recruitment Pool: Workers in Dead-End Jobs

Americans have traditionally moved to find jobs. But with a growing reluctance by workers to relocate, some companies have decided to move closer to potential hires. Firms are expanding to cities with a bounty of underemployed, retrieving men and women from freelance gigs, manual labor and part-time jobs with duties that, one worker said, required only a heartbeat to perform.

CNBC: Robots won’t steal our jobs if we put workers at the center of the AI revolution

Companies need to invest in continuous training so their workers are ready to help influence, use and adapt to technological changes. That’s the third step in getting the most out of new technologies.

And it needs to begin before they are introduced. The important part of this is that workers need to learn what some are calling “hybrid” skills: a combination of technical knowledge of the new technology with aptitudes for communications and problem-solving.

E21: Menu Labeling Requirements Would Raise Food Costs

Unfortunately for proponents of the requirement, menu labeling does not seem to reduce the amount of calories people consume. A literature review in the Journal of Community Health by Brian Ebdel and other researchers at the New York University School of Medicine looked at 31 studies published between 2007 and 2013. They found that “overall the best designed studies (real world studies, with a comparison group) show that calorie labels do not have the desired effect in reducing total calories ordered at the population level.”…

While the potential benefits of the labeling requirement are uncertain, the provision would come with substantial costs that would be passed on to consumers through higher food prices. The FDA estimates that covered establishments will incur $562 million in costs through 2020.Much of the coverage focuses on restaurants, but other establishments such as bakeries, convenience stores, and coffee shops would also be subject to the regulation.

The Lens: Survey: Americans say sales tax “fairest of them all”

In the September 6-7 national telephone and online survey of 1,000 adults, Americans polled were given four types of taxes to choose from as “most fair”: sales tax, income tax, property tax or payroll tax. Almost 40 percent favored the sales tax, payroll was the least favored at 5 percent, and 18 percent of those polled were undecided.

However, the Rasmussen national survey also found that 30 percent of Americans considered an income tax the fairest, second only to the sales tax.