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California Passes Law to Tighten Amazon Warehouse Rules
California passed a law and became the first state to address the working conditions of warehouse workers for Amazon and other companies.
On September 22, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 701, a law aiming to address the impact of quotas on worker injuries and health.
The law establishes new standards for companies to make clear to warehouse staff what their production quotas are. It ensures workers cannot be fired or retaliated against for failing to meet an unsafe quota.
“We cannot allow corporations to put profit over people. The hardworking warehouse employees who have helped sustain us during these unprecedented times should not have to risk injury or face punishment as a result of exploitative quotas that violate basic health and safety,” said Governor Newsom in a statement.
“I’m proud to sign this legislation giving them the dignity, respect, and safety they deserve and advancing California’s leadership at the forefront of workplace safety,” he added.
Under this law, employers are prohibited from requiring warehouse employees to meet unsafe quotas that prevent them from taking state-mandated meals and rest breaks or from using the bathroom.
United States Weekly Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise
The number of Americans filing new unemployment benefits claims unexpectedly increased last week, mainly driven by surges in California and Virginia.
However, the underlying trend remained consistent with a slow recovering labor market.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 351,000 for the week ended September 18, said the Labor Department.
The second straight weekly increase in jobless claims puzzled economists as some of them said the wildfires in California to be the reason for rising claims, while others blamed Hurricane Ida.
Some experts also believe that ongoing coronavirus infections, driven by the highly contagious delta variant of Covid-19, were a factor, too.
Twitter Allows Users to Tip Influencers With Bitcoin
Twitter users across the world can now send and receive digital payments on iOS devices, which was previously limited to a small group of testers.
The micro-blogging platform will allow a user to tip their favorite content creators with bitcoin and will launch a fund to pay some users who host audio chat rooms on its Spaces feature.
Twitter also said that it will test new ways to help users have a better and safer experience on their platform, such as warning when people get into a heated conversation or allowing them to leave tweet threads.
Additionally, Twitter is also planning to support authentication for NFTs (non-fungible tokens), which are digital assets such as images or videos that exist on a blockchain.
Users would directly connect their crypto wallets to their accounts to prove ownership of an art piece. This feature will let users track and showcase their NFT ownership on Twitter.
The new features are part of Twitter’s effort to compete with rival content creator platforms like Facebook, YouTube, among others.
Ukio Raises $9 Million for Lodging in the Hybrid Work Era
Ukio, a platform that provides an alternative to the traditional housing market by offering a network of design-forward, turnkey apartments for monthly stays, announced that it has raised $9 million in seed funding from top European investors.
Ukio believes it has discovered an approach by the ever-growing tangle of housing rental competitors and regulators as remote work becomes the norm.
The company rents, furnishes, and manages properties to oversee the entire guest experience. The company’s vertically integrated approach allows them to professionalize supply to platforms such as Airbnb.
It uses a 200-point process to select potential apartments and works only with the owners of the best ones in prime locations.
While most of the companies have hosts providing and managing their own units, Ukio has an internal team to manage its properties.
In addition to the supply acquisition tool, the startup uses a dynamic pricing model to keep high occupancy and an internal design system and catalog to minimize installation and onboarding costs.
With this funding, Ukio plans to scale to more than 700 apartments across six continental capitals in 2022.
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🛍️ Livestream Shopping Platform NTWRK Raises $50 Million: NTWRK, a startup combining live streaming and e-commerce, has raised $50 million in its latest funding round. The funding round was led by Goldman Sachs and Kering — the French luxury conglomerate that owns Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.