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Area Ghoul Throws Corporate Tantrum

As Uber publicly grapples with the moral dilemma of having built an entire-ass company around exploitative wage practices, the CEO Dara Khosrowshahi now says that if California forces the company to reclassify its contractors as full-time employees, Uber will temporarily shut down in its home state. Conveniently, it…Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, Labor, California, Dara Khosrowshahi, Ab5


Uber CEO: We Can All Agree This Is the Government’s Fault

Earlier today, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took a break from overseeing the company’s current legal struggles to roll out his latest argument as for why his company’s thousands of drivers across the country shouldn’t, in fact, be considered employees. Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Labor, Gig Economy, CEOs, Dara Khosrowshahi


Aged care regulator took four days to tell Australian government of St Basil's Covid-19 outbreak

Labor spokeswoman says delay was a ‘catastrophic communications’ failure that may have been deadly for Melbourne aged care home’s residentsThe aged care regulator has been accused of a “catastrophic communications failure” causing a “potentially deadly delay” after it was revealed it took four days to inform the federal government about a Covid-19 case at Melbourne’s St Basil’s aged care home.The aged care quality and safety commissioner, Janet Anderson, wrote to the Senate committee on Covid-19...
Tags: Health, Labor, Senate, Australia news, Victoria, Melbourne, St Basil, Janet Anderson, Aged Care, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Young people who withdraw super may be $100,000 worse off in retirement, Labor says

Opposition steps up attacks on coronavirus support measure that allows people in financial distress to withdraw up to $20,000Young people will bear the brunt of the Covid-19 economic crisis, Labor has said, as it estimates a 25-year-old who withdraws $20,000 from superannuation may be left up to $100,000 worse off in retirement.The opposition is stepping up its attack on the government’s handling of the early access to superannuation scheme, which allows people dealing with the adverse economic ...
Tags: Business, Labor, Australia news, Australian politics, Australian economy, Superannuation, Coronavirus outbreak


Uber's CEO took a shot at labor groups, accusing them of being driven by 'politics' in the massive fight over drivers' employment status (UBER, LYFT)

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi slammed labor groups that oppose the company's stance on drivers' employment status, accusing them of being motivated by "politics." During a call with investors Thursday, Khosrowshahi said groups on Uber's side of the issue, conversely, "actually are taking into account the wants and needs of drivers." Uber and other gig economy companies are engaged in a massive legal and political battle, most notably in California, over whether their drivers are employees or inde...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Labor, California, Trends, Barclays, San Diego, Instacart, Irs, Los Angeles San Francisco, AB, Dara, Ramos, Uber Lyft, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi


Dear Sophie: Can I bypass H-1B and sponsor a grad for a green card?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor A few words for DHS agents who have no intention of becoming immigration wh...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Column, Labor, California, Government, China, India, Diversity, Dhs, Policy, Silicon Valley, Green Cards, Hiring, H-1b Visa


Morrison government asleep at the wheel when it comes to China, Labor says

Richard Marles accuses the Coalition of mishandling a relationship that ‘needs to be managed by the adults in the room’The Morrison government has been asleep at the wheel when it comes to the relationship with China, while its handling of a submarine project has made Australians less safe, the deputy Labor leader has declared.In a sharpening of the opposition’s political attack following months of restraint during the coronavirus pandemic, Richard Marles accused the Coalition of mismanaging tie...
Tags: Labor, Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Richard Marles, China Labor, Australian foreign policy


Pandemic leave is just Victoria's hardship payments rebadged, Labor says

Employer groups split on commonwealth plan, with some calling for it to be extendedLabor has accused the federal government of merely changing funding arrangements for existing Victorian government hardship payments rather than creating a new “genuine” right to paid pandemic leave.Scott Morrison announced the $1,500 pandemic leave disaster payments on Monday as a means to “supplement” the existing Victorian scheme, but unions warned that the flat rate of $1,500 a fortnight will mean many workers...
Tags: Labor, Victoria, Scott Morrison


Q+A: 'catastrophic' Covid-19 outbreaks in aged care could have been prevented, doctors say

Labor MP Ged Kearney, whose father-in-law died of Covid-19, tells ABC audience that ‘the Morrison government has failed aged care’The deaths and Covid-19 outbreaks in Victoria’s private aged care “could have been prevented 10 years ago”, according to doctors on the frontline.On Monday, the ABC’s Q+A program heard from Melbourne resident Spiro Vasilakis, whose mother Maria died in St Basil’s aged care facility, and Christine Golding, whose mother was evacuated from St Basil’s to hospital. Continu...
Tags: Health, Labor, Abc, Australia news, Australian politics, Australian media, Victoria, Melbourne, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Maria, Morrison, St Basil, Ged Kearney, Aged Care, Coronavirus outbreak, Q+A


Coronavirus Australia live update: PM announces $1,500 paid pandemic leave as Victoria records 429 new cases and 13 deaths

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews outlines further details of state’s new lockdown, including business shutdowns. Follow all the latest news and updates, live$1,500 pandemic leave disaster payment announcedVictoria has 429 new cases and 13 deathsNSW has 13 new casesMelbourne stage 4 restrictions explained; Victoria stage 3 restrictionsVictoria cases map; NSW cases map; Australian stats interactiveSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 9.26am BST Labor have now also criticised the ...
Tags: Health, Labor, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Melbourne, Daniel Andrews, Federal Government, Anthony Albanese


Coronavirus unemployment: Newsom plans EDD reforms but relief is months away

Gov. Gavin Newsom, alarmed by the state’s difficulty in promptly paying unemployment claims to jobless workers, announced a “strike team” Wednesday to address the problems — but also indicated it could take months to catch up to a backlog of unpaid benefits. The strike team of state officials is being set up to address a debacle at the Employment Development Department that has persisted — without A solution — for more than four months. That’s when unemployment claims spiked after state and loca...
Tags: Business, Politics, Jobs, News, Labor, California, California News, Sport, Economy, SU, Soccer, United States, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Employment Development Department, Labor Department


I Only See My Family Through FaceTime

Are you a frontline worker dealing with new stresses or irresponsible management? Is working (or not working) from home starting to take a psychological toll? How are you coping with reopening? Submit a story using this Google form or send me an email with the subject line “My Covid Story” and…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Labor, Facetime, Sick Days, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Reopening, Working During Covid


Are Sacramento Politicians ‘Playing Politics’ To Keep The State Auditor Out Of The EDD?

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As millions wait months for missing unemployment checks from the Employment Development Department, some Sacramento politicians are being accused of “playing politics” to keep the Independent State Auditor out of the EDD. READ ALSO: Coronavirus Unemployment: Will Another Audit Fix the EDD? Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson held a virtual press conference Wednesday where he accused Democratic Senators on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) of purposely forcing the...
Tags: Politics, News, Labor, California, Senate, California News, Sacramento, DMV, Patterson, Gavin Newsom, Watts, Legislature, Assembly, Roth, KPIX, Employment Development Department


Closing the Gap prison reduction targets show 'disappointing lack of ambition', lawyers say

Target of just 15% reduction in incarceration for Indigenous adults comes days after Council of Attorneys-General decided not to raise age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14‘A real turning point’: new Closing the Gap agreement to move beyond targets National Aboriginal legal services say justice targets set by state, federal and territory governments in the new Closing the Gap agreement show a “disappointing lack of ambition”, while senior Labor figures have asked where the funding will co...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Indigenous Australians, Indigenous incarceration, Law (Australia, Council of Attorneys General, National Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Legal Services Natsils


US presses Australia to step up naval exercises in South China Sea

Push comes as foreign and defence ministers to meet US counterparts for talks on expanding military cooperation in waterway amid rising tensions with China The Trump administration is pressing Australia to increase freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea but Labor has urged the Coalition to use coming ministerial talks to query what the US is doing to ease tensions with China.Australia’s foreign minister, Marise Payne, and defence minister, Linda Reynolds, are set to meet their US...
Tags: Labor, Australia, China, US, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Washington Dc, Coalition, Australian politics, Donald Trump, Trump, South China Sea, China Australia, Marise Payne, Linda Reynolds


Coronavirus Australia live update: fears over Victoria outbreak after deadliest day – latest news

Victoria’s health system in crisis after 459 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths on Sunday, including seven linked to aged care, as NSW records six new cases linked to Thai Rock restaurant. Follow latest updates • How Australia’s health workers are getting Covid-19• Victoria records 459 new coronavirus cases and 10 deaths • Covid-19 to compound GFC’s lasting impact on young Australians’ pay• Follow the global live blog• Sign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 12.14am BST Labor aged c...
Tags: Health, Labor, Australia, Australia news, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Melbourne, Daniel Andrews, Collins, Gfc, Morrison, Julie Collins, Coronavirus outbreak, Thai Rock


Republicans To Include $1,200 Checks, Smaller Federal Unemployment Aid In New Stimulus Proposal

(CNN) — White House officials and Senate Republicans are finalizing a bill that would offer $1,200 checks to many Americans and that would not renew the full unemployment insurance enhancement as part of a proposal for the next stimulus bill set to be unveiled Monday, several top administration officials said Sunday. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that $1,200 checks to Americans will be part of the new recovery package, in addition to ree...
Tags: News, Labor, Abc, Senate, White House, Cnn, Gop, House, Treasury, Fox News, Graham, Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Trump, Jake Tapper


Australian retailers urge government to broaden employers' power to cut workers' hours

The National Retail Association wants all businesses to have greater flexibility, not just those receiving jobkeeperAustralia’s retailers are calling on the Morrison government to broaden the power of employers to cut workers’ hours and change duties, as Labor signalled it will oppose the move to extend flexibility linked to the jobkeeper wage subsidy.The National Retail Association chief executive, Dominique Lamb, told Guardian Australia the government should consider granting all businesses th...
Tags: Business, Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Welfare, Labor party, Industrial relations, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Morrison, Josh Frydenberg, Guardian Australia, TONY BURKE, National Retail Association, Coronavirus outbreak


"On day one, I’m going to stand the legislative immigration reform bill to Congress, provide a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants."

Said Joe Biden yesterday in a virtual town with the Service Employees International Union (transcript). I'm guessing the transcript is off and he said "send" not "stand," so don't assume it's Biden who's off. Not unless you've studied the video, which you can see in my previous post.Context:Joe Biden: (26:24)Only one way you can fight back power is with more power, and that’s union power. We should unionize McDonald.Debra Dawson: (26:35)Unions have to be on the forefront of bringing people toget...
Tags: Law, Labor, Congress, Immigration, Joe Biden, Biden, Service Employees International Union, Ann Althouse, Bobby Roy, Said Joe Biden, Biden And Immigration, McDonald Debra Dawson, Pamela Owens, Perla Canales, Vivian Deniston


15 organizers behind worker movements at Amazon, Google, Uber, Kickstarter, and other tech companies say the industry has reached an inflection point and that things aren't going back to the way they were before (UBER, AMZN, GOOG, GOOGL)

Tech workers across pay scales, job types, geographies, and companies have joined together in unprecedented shows of solidarity. Even higher-paid workers, traditionally reliable cheerleaders for their employers, are more comfortable speaking out — often publicly — to advocate for coworkers and a larger voice over how business is done. The widening rift between rank-and-file employees and executives has been years in the making, but a global pandemic and sweeping protests against systemic racis...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Labor, US, Trends, Tech, Kickstarter, Jeff Bezos, Smith, Instacart, Steve Smith, Us Department Of Defense, Bay Area


"But if big-city businesses find that work from home doesn’t hit their productivity too hard, they might reassess the need to pay top dollar to keep employees in, say, Seattle or the Bay Area. "

"Workers cooped up in a two-bedroom in Long Island City, Queens, might prefer moving to the suburbs or even farther away, and save on rent. [Harvard economist Edward] Glaeser studied surveys tracking companies that allowed their employees to work from home at least part of the time since March. Over one-half of large businesses and over one-third of small ones didn’t detect any productivity loss. More than one in four reported a productivity increase. Moreover, the researchers found that about f...
Tags: Real Estate, Law, Labor, New York City, America, Los Angeles, Harvard, University Of Chicago, Boulder, Vail, Seattle, Bay Area, City Life, Ann Althouse, Eduardo Porter, Long Island City Queens


Uber's Algorithms Are Being Taken To Court

The algorithms that underlie most Silicon Valley bigwigs are usually locked up in the name of “protecting trade secrets,” but that’s an excuse that’s starting to wear a little thin in recent months. Maybe it’s because these companies are that much harder to regulate or when we don’t ask them to reveal…Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Labor, Silicon Valley, Secrets


The visionary woman the left can’t stand

Recently there was an explosion of bilious joy on Twitter at the news that among the four million or so Paycheck Protection Program loans that the government handed out to keep people employed during the coronavirus shutdown of the economy, there was one that was accepted by the Ayn Rand Institute. “Today seems like a good day to remind you that Ayn Rand has provided the justification for unbridled selfishness and contempt for the common good,” wrote former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who s...
Tags: Labor, Opinion, Russia, New York City, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Marilyn Monroe, Dallas, Cia, Luther, Usa Today, Donald Trump, PPP, Clinton, Rand


What is the real "free speech problem" on the left from the point of view of a real leftist?

I'm reading "Do Progressives Have a Free Speech Problem?/The illiberal left is a lot less threatening than the right. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist" by Michelle Goldberg (NYT). Goldberg signed the "Letter on Justice and Open Debate" that was published in Harper's, and she's using this column to expand on the topic.She says she initially declined to sign the letter, "in part because it denounced 'cancel culture'" — a term she associates with "right-wing whiners like Ivanka Trump who think pr...
Tags: Law, Labor, Atlantic, Free Speech, Harper, Columbia, Trump, Willis, Ivanka Trump, Goldberg, John McWhorter, Michelle Goldberg, Ann Althouse, Catharine MacKinnon, Left-wing Ideology, Hannah Giorgis


"Sooner or later you’re going to encounter these anti-American ideas about addressing racism in your workplace, on kids’ homework, or in the faculty lounge..."

"... and you can’t be fragile when confronting it. You need to have a base of knowledge about race in America that demonstrates an understanding of the enormity of the country’s sins, as well as demonstrating you’ve made an effort to inform yourself about overcoming them. You need to understand that your opponents might be employing manipulative logic to make their arguments – arguments that are fast becoming so pervasive that many people making them might readily revise their opinions once you ...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Labor, America, Laziness, Paradox, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Robin DiAngelo, Mark Hemingway


What are the 'palace letters' and what do I need to know about them?

Since the dramatic dismissal of Gough Whitlam’s Labor government in November 1975, there has been speculation about the Queen’s role in the episode. Now secret correspondence between Buckingham Palace and the governor general of Australia have been revealed. Jenny Hocking, who took her legal case to the high court to have the letters released, unpicks the detailsYou can read all the news on the palace letters here.Christopher Knaus wrote about the initials findings from the letters here. Continu...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Monarchy, The Queen, Buckingham Palace, Gough Whitlam, Republicanism, Christopher Knaus, Jenny Hocking, Palace letters


'Better for Her Majesty not to know': palace letters reveal Queen's role in sacking of Australian PM Whitlam

Governor general John Kerr canvassed Queen and her personal secretary about his powers to dismiss Gough Whitlam but did not forewarn themFollow our palace letters live blog hereRead the palace letters in fullWhat we know so far about the palace lettersSecret correspondence between Buckingham Palace and the governor general of Australia reveal discussion of a “last resort” option to dismiss then prime minister Gough Whitlam, but the final decision on the sacking was kept from the Queen as it “was...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queen, Monarchy, The Queen, Buckingham Palace, Gough Whitlam, Kerr, Republicanism, John Kerr, Whitlam, Palace letters


Palace letters to be released 45 years after Australian government sensationally dismissed

‘Dramatic revelations’ expected from 200 exchanges between the Queen, her private secretary and governor generalThe imminent release of secret royal correspondence linked to the dismissal of prime minister Gough Whitlam will again call the role of the monarchy in modern Australia into question, experts say.Australia’s national archives will on Tuesday morning release the much-anticipated “palace letters”, a series of more than 200 exchanges between the Queen, her private secretary, Martin Charte...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Monarchy, The Queen, Gough Whitlam, Kerr, John Kerr, Martin Charteris


Minister says Hong Kong citizens in Australia could be sent back if they fail visa tests

Acting immigration minister says anyone who is a bad character or security concern would be returnedAlan Tudge has refused to guarantee that people from Hong Kong who fear persecution will not be sent back, explaining Australia decided to offer visa extensions and not safe haven visas in order to attract “serious talent”.The acting immigration minister made the comments on ABC’s Insiders, defending the decision to offer a five-year extension to Hong Kongers already in Australia which drew China’...
Tags: Hong Kong, Labor, Abc, Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, New South Wales, Anthony Albanese, Hong Kongers, Gladys Berejiklian


Uber Is Running Out of Ideas on How to Save Its Own Ass

Even for regular schmucks with no background in economics or labor law, one of the glaring problems with Uber’s claim that its drivers are independent contractors rather than employees is that Uber sets the price of rides. Without the ability to set their own rates, or a contract drivers have any power to negotiate…Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Labor