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Ahead of its IPO, Postmates starts offering no-strings perks for couriers

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Salaried workers may not realize how much of their compensation comes from perks and benefits, rather than the paycheck. But contractors appreciate the difference, as they pay not just higher employment taxes but full freight for health, disability, liability, and other insurance.

Gig companies like Uber have been sweetening the deal by offering some freebies or discounts on items like continuing education or insurance. Sometimes there are qualifiers, like having to work a certain number of assignments or maintain a certain customer rating. But delivery service Postmates is rolling out a new package of perks that any courier who signs up for the system can access–regardless how much they work.

Expanding a pilot program that it began in San Francisco last September, Postmates is extending a job-search training and........

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