The New York Black Car Fund’s (BCF’s) Ira Goldstein offered a presentation on innovative benefits programs to attendees of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), at the IAIABC’s 104th Convention, October 21-24 at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. During his presentation, “An Innovative Compensation Solution for a Rapidly Evolving ‘Gig Economy’ World,” Mr. Goldstein was joined by Josh Gold, Senior Manager, Policy & Communications for Uber and Jim Conigliaro, Jr., Founder of the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG).

As the Gig Economy has continued to expand, the BCF has been viewed as the first successful model in the country for providing large numbers of independent contractors with benefits. This growth has created an urgent need to provide independent contractors with benefits that have typically only been enjoyed by traditional employees.

The BCF Board recently approved a comprehensive mental wellness and suicide prevention program. The following services will be offered free of charge to participating drivers:

  • 24/7 Phone Hotline
  • Mindfulness Classes
  • Psychotherapy Consultations
  • Social Work Assistance
  • Career Skills Classes
  • ESL Programs

Mr. Goldstein is currently the Executive Director of The Black Car Fund and the Black Car Assistance Corporation (BCAC), and served as Former Chief of Staff, New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission.

IAIABC Conventions address the current policy, regulatory and administrative challenges and opportunities affecting workers’ compensation around the world through a combination of presentations, discussion forums and roundtables, committee meetings, and social events. The IAIABC Convention brings together more workers’ compensation jurisdictional agency leaders than any other conference in North America. It is attended by representatives from 33 US and non-US jurisdictions.

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