Judge says Instacart likely misclassified California workers

By ab5, california, employees, employment, engadget, gear, gig economy, instacart, Internet, labor, maplebear, politics, services, work, Workers

California’s recently enacted AB5 was aimed at improving working conditions at gig economy companies like Instacart, and it appears to be one of the first firms in the crosshairs. A San Diego county judge has granted a preliminary injunction barring…

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Google’s latest stab at messaging may be an all-in-one business app

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Believe it or not, Google might still be tinkering with its chat strategy. The Information sources say Google is working on a unified communications app for workers that would roll messaging and other features together, including Hangouts Cha…

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Uber and Postmates sue California over gig worker law

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It didn’t take long for tech companies to take legal action in hopes of thwarting California’s gig economy labor law. Uber and Postmates have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block AB5, which makes it harder for companies to define workers as contra…

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California governor signs labor law meant to fix the gig economy

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It was really just a matter of time, but it’s now official: California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed the state’s Assembly Bill 5 into law. The measure is intended to reclassify many gig economy workers as employees by applying a test that determi…

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Amazon-owned Whole Foods cuts medical benefits for part-time workers

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Not all is well with Whole Foods in the Amazon era. The grocery chain has confirmed to Business Insider that it’s cutting medical benefits for part-time staff who work a minimum of 20 hours per week. A spokesperson said Whole Foods was dropping the…

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Microsoft Office app for Windows 10 provides a hub for all your work

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Microsoft’s revamped portal has apparently been a hit with the productivity crowd (over 40 percent of Office 365 users start there), and now it wants to turn that experience into a native app. It’s launching a simply-titled Office app for…

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Lenovo’s UFO-like hub brings Dolby audio to conference calls

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Business meetings can be dreary at the best of times, but that’s made worse by the flakiness of modern technology. Between hard-to-hear remote callers and a lack of consistent file sharing, it could be hard to sustain what little interest you have….

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Land of the rising foreign hires: How Japan’s chat titan is recruiting from the outside

By Branded Content, engineer, engineer hiring, foreign, fukuoka, global talents, hiring, international recruitment, japan hiring, kyoto, Line, Recruiting, Recruitment, techinasia, work, work in japan, work in kyoto, work in line, work in line japan, working in japan

A headhunter contacted Wang Yung Hsing about a role with Line two years ago after he had just left a failing Singapore-based startup. The Taiwanese engineer got the job. But what came next?

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BlackBerry and Microsoft team up to make work phones more secure

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BlackBerry and Microsoft may have been bitter foes before their smartphone dreams came crashing down, but they’re becoming close allies now that they’re focused on services. The two have unveiled a partnership that helps you seamlessly use Microsoft’…

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Coca-Cola and US government use blockchain to curb forced labor

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The quest to end forced labor has created some unusual technological allies. Coca-Cola, the US State Department and a trio of crypto organizations (Bitfury Group, Blockchain Trust Accelerator and Emercoin) have launched a pilot project that wi…

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Microsoft releases its LinkedIn resume helper for Word

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Microsoft is now ready to polish your job applications — the company has released its LinkedIn-powered Resume Assistant for Office 365 subscribers. The AI-based helper sifts through LinkedIn profiles to find prominent examples of work experi…

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Samsung’s work-focused Note 8 has better support than your phone

By android, Business, engadget, enterprise, galaxynote8, galaxynote8enterpriseedition, gear, Mobile, Samsung, Security, smartphone, work

Wish your Android phone maker of choice would offer software updates for longer than the usual couple of years? You might want to ask your company’s IT manager. Samsung has released an Enterprise Edition of the Galaxy Note 8 whose centerpiece is it…

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Lowe’s exoskeletons help workers carry what you can’t

By applenews, carbonfiber, engadget, exoskeleton, exosuit, gear, lowes, retail, Robotics, tomorrow, video, virginiatech, warehouse, wearables, work

Exoskeletons aren’t just for shipyard workers or people with limited mobility. If Lowe’s has its way, they’ll help store staff fetch your giant bucket of paint. The home improvement retailer has partnered with Virginia Tech to test prototype passive…

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