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Coronavirus: Ambulance staff ‘feeling unprotected’

Coronavirus: Ambulance staff ‘feeling unprotected’

Health
Ambulance staff are being put at risk by a lack of protective equipment to guard them against coronavirus, according to a trade union. GMB says its members are "scared" about their own safety and their families.The union claims one in five ambulance staff in London are off sick with coronavirus-related sickness. The government says hundreds of millions of protective items have been delivered to NHS staff around the country.According to the GMB Union, 679 frontline ambulance crew in the London Ambulance Service are off sick due to Covid-19-related sickness. Among those at work, some say they feel unprotected either because of a lack of or inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Paul Turner is a union representative who has...
‘Data platform’ will track beds, staff and ventilators

‘Data platform’ will track beds, staff and ventilators

Technology
The NHS is preparing to unveil a "data platform" which tracks the movement of critical staff and materials, giving ministers the first ever comprehensive view of the entire health system, Sky News can reveal.NHS leaders believe the platform will be transformative in the fight against coronavirus, as it will allow decision-makers to see accurate information in real time and coordinate a truly national response to the pandemic. However, critics have raised concerns, largely because of the identity of the company brought in to build the system - controversial Silicon Valley giant Palantir. The deal, which is expected to be announced in the next 24 hours, tasks Palantir with gathering data from across the health sector into a comprehensive "data store".The data - which does not include sen...
Coronavirus: British Airways boss tells staff jobs will go

Coronavirus: British Airways boss tells staff jobs will go

Business
British Airways is to ground flights 'like never before' and lay off staff in response to the coronavirus.In a memo to staff titled "The Survival of British Airways", boss Alex Cruz warned that job cuts could be "short term, perhaps long term".The airline industry was facing a "crisis of global proportions" that was worse than that caused by the SARS virus or 9/11. Meanwhile, Ryanair told staff they may be forced to take leave from Monday.An internal memo to Ryanair staff, seen by the BBC, said crew may be allocated to take unpaid leave due to cancelled flights and schedule changes.BA boss Mr Cruz said: "We can no longer sustain our current level of employment and jobs would be lost - perhaps for a short term, perhaps longer term...
Google tells staff to work at home due to coronavirus

Google tells staff to work at home due to coronavirus

Technology
Google's parent company Alphabet has asked its North American staff to work from home to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus.Last week the tech giant sent a memo to staff recommending that employees in Washington state work from home.It has now expanded that request to all of its almost 100,000 workers across 11 office in the US and Canada. Alphabet is the latest company to make such an announcement as US coronavirus cases have risen to almost 1,000."Out of an abundance of caution, and for the protection of Alphabet and the broader community, we now recommend you work from home if your role allows," Chris Rackow, Google's vice president of global security, wrote in an email to workers.Alphabet said its offices in North America will remain open...
81% employers feel new income-tax regime not to benefit staff: Survey

81% employers feel new income-tax regime not to benefit staff: Survey

Finance
MUMBAI: A survey of HR and finance professionals across companies has found that a vast majority (81 per cent) of them don't consider the new optional income tax regime beneficial for their employees. The government in Budget 2020-21 offered new tax slabs for taxpayers forgoing all existing deductions and exemptions. The survey conducted by HR specialist Mercer across HR and finance professionals from 119 companies found that as much as 81 per cent of their employees feel that the new tax regime will not benefit them. As much as 60 per cent respondents feel that those within the income bracket of Rs 5-10 lakh and Rs 10-25 lakh will be impacted by the new tax regime. "A higher 80 per cent of responding employers think that the new tax regime will adversely affect the retirement savings beha...