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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...
Minaj quits Saudi festival to show support for women’s rights

Minaj quits Saudi festival to show support for women’s rights

World
Singer Nicki Minaj has pulled out of a music festival in Saudi Arabia to show her support for women's rights, LGBTQ community and freedom of expression in the conservative kingdom. In a statement, the 36-year-old singer and rapper said: "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. "While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression."Trinidad and Tobago-born Minaj was scheduled to perform at the Jeddah World Fest, billed as "one of the biggest music events ever staged in the Middle East", on 18 July.On Tuesday, the star's name wa...

Report: FBI doesn’t warn hacking victims of their rights

Technology
Americans caught up in international cyberespionage campaigns are routinely being left in the dark by the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department's watchdog said in a report published Monday. The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General said that advisory letters typically sent by the FBI to victims of cybercrime were almost never issued in "national security cyber cases," echoing a 2017 Associated Press report that found the FBI was routinely failing to warn targets of Russian hackers that their personal emails were under threat. The inspector general quoted the FBI's Office of Victim Assistance saying that out-of-date guidelines were among the problems that kept American victims of foreign spies from getting timely advice. In a letter dated Dec. 21, 2018, and published alon...
Pentagon outlines Tenant Bill of Rights for troops, families

Pentagon outlines Tenant Bill of Rights for troops, families

Business
March 7 (UPI) -- All four military branches of the U.S. Department of Defense put together a joint Tenant Bill of Rights designed to prevent substandard housing and clarify rights for service members and their families. The document was released on Wednesday night, one day before a hearing Thursday for the service chiefs before the Senate Armed Services Committee amid reports of housing problems. "It is intended to increase the accountability of privatized housing companies by putting more oversight authority in the hands of local military leaders," according to a Pentagon statement released Wednesday night. "All three service secretaries have seen firsthand and reviewed problems in housing units, and the Tenant Bill of Rights is intended to help remedy them by both protecting and empowe...
Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

Technology
Uber has lost a Court of Appeal battle against giving its drivers basic employment protections, including minimum wage and holiday pay. The judgement could put Uber's business model in the UK at risk, requiring it to recognise drivers as "limb (b)" workers - crucially allowing them to collective bargaining rights.The company has been engaged in legal appeals since 2016, when an employment tribunal found it unlawfully classed drivers as independent contractors.Sir Terence Etherton, the second most senior judge in England and Wales, told the court that the tribunal was "not only entitled, but correct" to class Uber drivers as workers. He added: "Not only do we see no reason to disagree with the factual conclusions of the [tribunal] as to the working relationship between U...