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California passes landmark gig economy rights bill

California passes landmark gig economy rights bill

Business
California lawmakers have passed a bill that paves the way for gig economy workers to get holiday and sick pay.Assembly Bill 5, as its known, will affect firms like Uber and Lyft, which are based in California and depend on those working in the gig economy.Some estimates suggest costs for those firms would increase by 30% if they have to treat workers as employees.But opponents of the bill say it will hurt those people who want to work flexible hours.If it is signed into law, the bill will change how employees are treated in the gig-economy, which has been a cornerstone of the model adopted by ride-hailing firms and food delivery apps.But California state senator Maria Elena Durazo said underpaying workers wasn't innovative. Assembly Bill 5 would put into...
Chlamydia sex infection vaccine passes safety test

Chlamydia sex infection vaccine passes safety test

Health
A vaccine to protect people against the common sexually transmitted infection chlamydia has passed initial safety tests.It is the first of its kind to enter human trials. Experts say immunisation may be the best way to tackle the disease that accounts for nearly half of all sex infections diagnosed in the UK. More trials must check how well it works and what dose to give, The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal says.Those tests will take years and in the meantime the best way to avoid getting chlamydia during sex is by using a condom. What is chlamydia?It is a bacterial infection that is passed on through unprotected sex (even if there is no penetration). Chlamydia bacteria reside in semen and vaginal fluid. Often, the infected person will have no symptoms...
Committee passes bill that would allow Coast Guard members to be paid during shutdowns

Committee passes bill that would allow Coast Guard members to be paid during shutdowns

Business
June 28 (UPI) -- A House committee approved legislation that would allow U.S. Coast Guard members to be paid during any future government shutdowns. The voice vote came on Wednesday as the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2019. The Coast Guard is primarily funded by the Department of Homeland Security, which was affected by the 35-day shutdown of the government in 2018. Coast Guard members missed a Jan. 15 paycheck and were reimbursed after funding was restored in late January. The 41,000 active duty Coast Guard members, 6,000 reservists and 8,500 civilian workers remained on the job despite the shutdown. An employee support program offered suggestions for managing family finances during the shutdown, including garage sales...
Louisiana passes law banning abortions after heartbeat is detected

Louisiana passes law banning abortions after heartbeat is detected

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Louisiana's Democratic governor has signed a highly restrictive new abortion law that bans the procedure after a foetal heartbeat is detected.The law could prohibit abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy.State legislators overwhelmingly backed the bill on Wednesday, by 79 votes to 23 and Governor John Bel Edwards signed the bill into law on Thursday.It is the latest in a raft of anti-abortion measures which are expected to face legal challenges.Four other states have passed similar limits to abortion this year.In a statement, Governor Edwards said: "I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for [the law] to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana that ...
Watch: Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant exchange precise full-court passes

Watch: Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant exchange precise full-court passes

Sports
May 8 (UPI) -- Golden State Warriors stars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry took turns throwing full-court passes to each other in the first half Wednesday night. Curry grabbed a rebound off a deflection from Warriors forward Draymond Green and found Durant with a long outlet pass in the first quarter. Durant, who outran Rockets star James Harden, capped the dish with a two-handed dunk. Later in the second quarter, Durant returned the favor with a deep heave down the court to Curry. Green again swatted a rebound, which fell into Durant's hands. Curry handled the pass and went up for a reverse layup with Rockets guard Austin Rivers behind him. Curry drained the shot and drew the foul. The Warriors held a 57-43 halftime lead over the Rockets. Durant had 20 points, four rebounds and two assi...