#Current Events 11/12/ : Tech, social media employers offer perks aplenty

By: Kathleen Pender

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Taymoor Jarrahi (right) lights the candles during lunch in the office with coworkers Lauren Douglas (left) and Gregory O’Connell at Social Print Studio. Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle

Who is in this article ?

` Bay Area tech and social media companies.

What is it about ?

` Bay Area tech and social media companies are engaged in a head to head race to see who can offer the most , and more unusual benefits to employees. “While most Americans would be happy to get a job with health coverage, tech workers are being wooed with napping stations, unlimited vacation, free housekeeping and errand-running, yoga classes, on-site doctors and masseuses, and gourmet cafeterias.” says Kathleen Pender.

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The company offers products made from users’ Instagram photos. Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle

Where did it all happen ?

` This all happened in San Francisco.

When did this all take place ?

` This all took place at 3:45 pm, on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

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Comfortable seating, low lighting and sign for a service promoting workplace wellness is seen in the Zen Room at Eventbrite on Friday, October 25, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle

Why should we care ?

` We should care because companies are not required to offer paid vacation, but if they do, it becomes a liability. In most states, companies can require employees to take vacation within a certain period or forfeit it.

How are we affected ?

` We are affected because “At start ups, if people have paid time off and are working a ton and the company gets acquired, that is a bunch of money that has to be paid out,” says Brian Helmick

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The company offers products made from users’ Instagram photos. Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle

Link : http://www.sfgate.com/business/networth/article/Tech-social-media-employers-offer-perks-aplenty-4929078.php

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