Prop 22 should influence states to provide benefits to gig-workers

  • Californians across the political spectrum voted to pass Proposition 22, affirming the importance of flexible work and the need to include new benefits and protections for gig-workers.
  • It is time to push forward, focused on better, permanent, collaborative solutions for millions of workers across the country.
  • Tony Xu is the co-founder and CEO of DoorDash.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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2020 has been a year of enormous upheaval. So many of the decisions we faced have been incredibly consequential, shaping the kind of future we want for this country. In one of those decisions, voters in California chose to embrace a new future for work in a decision that has taken on even greater importance in light of our nation’s present challenges.

By passing Proposition 22 with 58% of the vote, Californians affirmed the importance

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DXC Technology and Infinia ML Team Up to Bring Benefits of Advanced Machine Learning to Global Customers

TYSONS, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) today announced a new relationship with Infinia ML to further advance machine learning and data analytics to help customers manage and drive stronger performance and value from their IT estates.

DXC will utilize Infinia ML machine learning capabilities across its Enterprise Technology Stack to automate document processing, boost performance of mission-critical IT systems, guide enterprise decision making, and enhance customer service/support. In addition, Infinia ML will audit artificial intelligence (AI) systems to ensure they perform at the highest level.

Infinia ML will strengthen DXC’s ability to support customers with sophisticated end-to-end machine learning solutions such as natural language processing, object detection, and behavior prediction across the businesses.

“Infinia ML has a proven ability to bring machine learning out of the lab and into the real world, and its capabilities align well with the ‘new DXC’, which is focused on our customers and

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Boosting stem cell activity can enhance immunotherapy benefits — ScienceDaily

Immune-system T cells have been reprogrammed into regenerative stem cell-like memory (TSCM) cells that are long-lived, highly active “super immune cells” with strong antitumor activity, according to new research from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The reprogramming involves a novel approach the researchers developed that inhibits the activity of proteins known as MEK1/2. Currently, several MEK inhibitors are used to effectively treat melanoma, but this study demonstrates that MEK inhibitors don’t just target certain types of cancer cells, but rather, more broadly, reprogram T cells to fight many types of cancer.

The finding appears November 23, 2020, in Nature Immunology.

“Although immunotherapies have improved survival for cancer patients over recent years, survival rates remain sub-optimal. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop novel, more effective anti-cancer immunotherapies,” says Samir N. Khleif, MD, director of The Jeannie and Tony Loop Immuno-Oncology Laboratory and head of the team that conducted this

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Researcher examines benefits of supportive communities for older adults — ScienceDaily

The number of Americans age 65 and older continues to increase as the baby boom generation ages and people are living longer. At the same time, many seniors plan to “age in place,” or continue living in their current homes, despite needing more assistance as they get older.

One strategy for aging in place is an emerging idea known as aging in community, in which older adults depend on a community support group or program for assistance. This can consist of situations like older adults or family and friends living in the same house or close by each other in communities where they can easily assist each other.

To find out just how well the aging-in-community strategy is working, a University of Central Florida health management and informatics researcher examined three aging-in-community programs in Florida. Her study, which is among the first to examine some key variables for these programs,

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Seattle-based SEIU 775 Benefits Group chooses MagnaCare’s new and expanded Technology-Powered Trust and Welfare Administration Services

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NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MagnaCare, a third party administrator with deep expertise supporting Taft-Hartley trusts today announced Seattle-based SEIU 775 Benefits Group has chosen MagnaCare’s new and expanded Trust and Welfare Administration Services to enable contribution accounting, financial administration, employee hours administration, enrollment and eligibility determination, and COBRA administration. SEIU 775 Benefits Group will partner with MagnaCare to support its Health Benefits Trust, offering high-value, high-impact health benefits to more than 53,000 caregivers in Washington State and Montana.

For thirty years, MagnaCare has been a trusted provider of third party administration services to self-insured groups. A nationally recognized leader in health benefit solutions, MagnaCare conducts business in all 50 states. In this new relationship, MagnaCare will provide technology-powered Trust and Welfare Administration Services to SEIU 775

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An Efficient Decentralized Proof-of-Stake (PoS) Cryptocurrency That Exhibits Many Benefits for Consumers and Businesses

Metrix Coin

Metrix Coin
Metrix Coin
Metrix Coin

Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Scalable, Flexible and Applicable to Multiple Use-Cases Metrix Coin and its ticker MRX is not just another PoS cryptocurrency, but rather a blockchain technology that offers benefits to consumers and businesses, scalable to encompass growth and flexibility to implement in multiple use-cases. 

About PoS cryptocurrencies

A little background about PoS crypto algorithms first. In this kind of algorithm, anyone with a certain amount of coins participates in the transaction validation and block creation process that renders a stake reward (a process known as staking). It is simple, one must create a wallet, hold coins until maturity is reached, and have it connected online participating in the network to start receiving stake rewards. In order to prevent centralization and monopolization of the network by someone with the highest value of coins at stake, a number of techniques

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New South Wales realises the benefits of working from home

The increase of people working from home in a short period of time, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, has raised questions about workers productivity, work-life balance, and the time and cost of commuting. Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 saw 46% of New South Wales workers work from home by May 2020, up from 8% in 2016.

With better technology services and hardware, not only available but accessible to many workers, more New South Wales workers are equipped to work from home if they have an internet connection. The New South Wales Innovation and Productivity Council has released the NSW Remote Working report in an attempt to understand the effects on business of working from home. The council interviewed 1,500 New South Wales workers during August and September 2020.

Working onsite has long been favoured by businesses

The report found that many Australians have

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Uber wants to deny drivers benefits by classifying them as contractors. Now California voters get to decide.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Californians are set Tuesday to determine the future of ride-hailing and delivery apps, voting on whether drivers should be classified as employees or independent contractors.

California’s Prop 22 looms over the gig economy and its workers

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The state ballot measure Proposition 22 would make drivers independent contractors according to California law. That would supersede a new law known as A.B. 5 intended to grant drivers full employment, including minimum wage protections, health care and such benefits as unemployment and sick leave.

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Both sides of the debate are treating Prop 22 as an existential battle. For labor advocates, it is about the precariousness of a growing economic class of workers. For corporate interests, it is about the viability of the gig economy business model, which has yet to prove profitable despite raising billions from venture capitalists and shareholders.

California’s decision on

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The Evidence Is In: There Are Benefits to Teaching Forensic Science Virtually

Rutgers-Camden’s Kimberlee Moran makes strides in online learning and opens course to Rutgers Law School students for first time

In her eight years of teaching forensic science at Rutgers University-Camden, Kimberlee Moran never had a class with perfect attendance and student participation.

Coronavirus changed that.

After she spent 150 hours over the summer overhauling the online curriculum for one of her courses – Forensic Science Theory and Policy – following a weeklong workshop offered by the Office of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT), she saw the results in her classes.

“Every single student went to every class and every student turned in every assignment, which never happens,” she said of her success with all-remote instruction. “I had so much more engagement in class, and the students seemed genuinely more enthusiastic.”

Based on the pointers she received from IDT, Moran, an associate teaching professor and director of forensics with the Department

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Positive peer relationships don’t show the same long-term health benefits, according to the research — ScienceDaily

Teens who have good, supportive relationships with their teachers enjoy better health as adults, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Perhaps surprisingly, although friendships are important to adolescents, the study did not find the same link between good peer relationships and students’ health in adulthood.

“This research suggests that improving students’ relationships with teachers could have important, positive and long-lasting effects beyond just academic success,” said Jinho Kim, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Korea University and author of the study. It was published in the journal School Psychology. “It could also have important health implications in the long run.”

Previous research has suggested that teens’ social relationships might be linked to health outcomes in adulthood — perhaps because poor relationships can lead to chronic stress, which can raise a person’s risk of health problems over the lifespan, according to

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