View Poll Results: Is "I cannot make it to work because I cannot afford gas" a viable reason?

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  • Yes, employers should take this into account.

    25 46.30%
  • Not a good excuse, time to budget better.

    17 31.48%
  • Pineapples on pizza are not THAT bad.

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  1. #241
    Quote Originally Posted by Rad1um View Post
    You think companies will give breaks to people who literally cannot commute to work because of how expensive it is?

    Not sure whats worse, companies demanding employees go back to the office or risk getting fired vs. Companies doing this while gas is at an ATH.

    But thats just my opinion.

    Thoughts?
    That gas prices are too low in the US (in part due to the excise tax not being adjusted for inflation), and these prices will make people more aware of the fuel-consumption of their cars, and of alternatives (ride-sharing, mass-transit, hybrids, electric, moving, etc).

    For comparison the prices in many countries in the EU are at least 30% higher.

    Yes, I understand that this is unpopular and adapting to higher gas prices will be painful.

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    You think this is bad, wait until food starts becoming so expensive people resort to pet food quality human kibble n' bits to feed their families. Gas prices are interlinked to the trucks that deliver food, after all.

  3. #243
    Quote Originally Posted by Forogil View Post
    That gas prices are too low in the US (in part due to the excise tax not being adjusted for inflation), and these prices will make people more aware of the fuel-consumption of their cars, and of alternatives (ride-sharing, mass-transit, hybrids, electric, moving, etc).

    For comparison the prices in many countries in the EU are at least 30% higher.

    Yes, I understand that this is unpopular and adapting to higher gas prices will be painful.
    For lots of those alternatives the infrastructure needs to exist.
    And in lots of the US it just flat doesn't.

    They've got a 4-6 lane stroad with a 70km/h or more speed limit with 5-15 crossings with or without lights where you've got to cross in an environment openly hostile to anything outside of a car.
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  4. #244
    Quote Originally Posted by Muzjhath View Post
    For lots of those alternatives the infrastructure needs to exist.
    And in lots of the US it just flat doesn't.
    But not for all of the alternatives, and the infrastructure is more likely to be built if there is a need for it - obviously it will take time.

    That's why I stated that adapting to higher gas prices will be painful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rad1um View Post
    You think companies will give breaks to people who literally cannot commute to work because of how expensive it is?

    Not sure whats worse, companies demanding employees go back to the office or risk getting fired vs. Companies doing this while gas is at an ATH.

    But thats just my opinion.

    Thoughts?
    Probably wouldn't be viable, no.

    Then again, I'm of the opinion that employers should be required to compensate workers for time and resources spent commuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiac View Post
    Probably wouldn't be viable, no.

    Then again, I'm of the opinion that employers should be required to compensate workers for time and resources spent commuting.
    Wait, that's not a thing in every civilized country? Dayum. I get 19 cents per kilometer, no tax. Also 150 euros per month for other expenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hansworst View Post
    Wait, that's not a thing in every civilized country? Dayum. I get 19 cents per kilometer, no tax. Also 150 euros per month for other expenses.
    It is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minifie View Post
    I have not gotten a job since 2017, because in interviews I lay out expenses and pay based on things like travel, commuting, leave, debate about pay and compensation.

    Suffice it to say when you discuss to that degree you don't end up being looked upon favourably, but it beats being taken advantage of for years and years.
    Last 2 interviews I had after formalities, "If I may, what's the payscale. What are you offering." Um, er. "You have things do to, I don't want to waste your time, if we get it out of the way up front it'll be faster for both of us."

    One ended it right there. The other countered "Based on this interview, we might offer you more if you are exceptionally qualified." after my bullshit detector went off, "Then that gives us a ground floor to work from." at the end "My bottom line is X." They still called offering 2 bucks less an hour.

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  8. #248
    I had the opposite experience.
    I had one off the cuff chat with a prospective employer, a warehouse Mgr for a tech company. One look at my resume and he flat out said with a shake of his head that I was over qualified. I've never heard that before. He clarified by saying it pays little better than min wage."
    Ouch.

  9. #249
    Quote Originally Posted by Hansworst View Post
    Wait, that's not a thing in every civilized country?
    That employer pays for your commute to work? No.

    In some countries it's deductible from your own tax (to some extent).
    The Netherlands have a special variant where the government has made that amount tax-exempt for the company - so your company could give you more, but it would taxed as salary. However, it also seems that not every company in the Netherlands pays the maximum tax-exempt amount.

    It's also a trade-off for the government; people shouldn't take no or lower-paying jobs because of the commute-cost, but apart from that commute-cost doesn't really contribute. And as any other tax-deduction scheme there's sure to be some that misuse it - and a significant part of it will be spent on people with high income who could pay the cost themselves (it's easier to pass tax-deductions if the middle- and high-income earners also gain).

  10. #250
    They probably won't, but I think it's a justifiable reason. An employer who doesn't let someone work remotely given due cause (like transportation being unavailable) is an unreasonable person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hansworst View Post
    Wait, that's not a thing in every civilized country? Dayum. I get 19 cents per kilometer, no tax. Also 150 euros per month for other expenses.
    It isn't, sadly.

    Then again, neither is compensating workers for having to use their personal resources (re: internet) to work from home. Employers in the US have a myriad of ways to nickel and dime their workers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forogil View Post
    That employer pays for your commute to work? No.

    In some countries it's deductible from your own tax (to some extent).
    The Netherlands have a special variant where the government has made that amount tax-exempt for the company - so your company could give you more, but it would taxed as salary. However, it also seems that not every company in the Netherlands pays the maximum tax-exempt amount.

    It's also a trade-off for the government; people shouldn't take no or lower-paying jobs because of the commute-cost, but apart from that commute-cost doesn't really contribute. And as any other tax-deduction scheme there's sure to be some that misuse it - and a significant part of it will be spent on people with high income who could pay the cost themselves (it's easier to pass tax-deductions if the middle- and high-income earners also gain).
    It isn't tax exempt for the company, it's tax exempt for the employee. And yes, if I chose public transportation as means to get to my working location, my employer would pay for that card.
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  13. #253
    Quote Originally Posted by Hansworst View Post
    It isn't tax exempt for the company, it's tax exempt for the employee.
    As far as I understand it is both (technically the other tax for the company is called a "health insurance"); and the employee has to know to not send in the tax.

    But more importantly, as far as I understand, the company can chose whether to compensate the employers or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forogil View Post
    As far as I understand it is both (technically the other tax for the company is called a "health insurance"); and the employee has to know to not send in the tax.

    But more importantly, as far as I understand, the company can chose whether to compensate the employers or not.
    It depends, some CAO's, collective employers-employees agreement per industry, make it mandatory. Some don't and I think the supermarket branch is one of them. Even if it isn't mandatory most companies do pay them. And yes technically it benefits the company too, because it one of those things that lessens profit, which automatically means less profit tax.

    And the last few years employers pay all kind of benefits. For the first time in decades the unemployment rate is negative, meaning more jobs then jobseekers.
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  15. #255
    It's viable if you commute long distance. I live 20 minutes from driving to work so the impact isn't hard on me, yet.

  16. #256
    If employers paid people for commute time that feels like it'd motivate investment in infrastructure that makes that more efficient and motivate said employers to allow more people to just work from home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powerogue View Post
    If employers paid people for commute time that feels like it'd motivate investment in infrastructure that makes that more efficient and motivate said employers to allow more people to just work from home.
    Bingo.

    I know I keep banging the "car culture ruins everything" drum in discussions of American economic activity but it really is the case that expecting everyone to have a car and being able to commute for hours at a time with them produces really shitty infrastructural and economic results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiac View Post
    Bingo.

    I know I keep banging the "car culture ruins everything" drum in discussions of American economic activity but it really is the case that expecting everyone to have a car and being able to commute for hours at a time with them produces really shitty infrastructural and economic results.
    Car culture could be a lot less problematic just by increasing traffic infrastructure taxes on companies and requiring employers to at least share in the vehicle maintenance and transit costs of their employees. We'd start seeing more companies incentiving car pools, electrified vehicles and using public transit...not because it's better for their employees or the environment...but because it's better for their bottom line.

    But of course, "taxation is theft" and all that
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  19. #259
    The government should put its money where its mouth is. Offer to buy the electric equivalent of whatever vehicle someone owns and install the charging equipment in the person's home.

  20. #260
    Quote Originally Posted by Evil Midnight Bomber View Post
    Car culture could be a lot less problematic just by increasing traffic infrastructure taxes on companies and requiring employers to at least share in the vehicle maintenance and transit costs of their employees. We'd start seeing more companies incentiving car pools, electrified vehicles and using public transit...not because it's better for their employees or the environment...but because it's better for their bottom line.
    Companies already know a good solution from their perspective for that, but it's very bad for everyone else.

    The solution is called 'company towns' - and the reason it declined the last century is that people (not companies) chose to have their houses far from their employer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moadar View Post
    The government should put its money where its mouth is. Offer to buy the electric equivalent of whatever vehicle someone owns and install the charging equipment in the person's home.
    Many government have been giving rebates for electric cars and charging equipment for years (or just taxing them less than other cars), but it's also a matter of generating electricity - and other practical considerations (having charging equipment in apartments doesn't make sense).

    People and government who haven't prepared - or have prepared less wisely - now face the cost.

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