New rule lets companies treat some employees as gig workers

Jan 7, 2021
Usually there are lots of benefits and protections that come with being an employee instead of a gig worker, like being paid the minimum wage.
An Uber Eats delivery worker rides an electric scooter in Manhattan in 2020.
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What we know about the latest plan for more COVID relief

Direct payments in the range of $600 and extra unemployment benefits around $300 per week are on the table.
"What we really need in this package is a bridge to when the weather is warmer and the vaccines are disseminated," says Marc Goldwein, senior vice president and senior policy director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
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DACA ruling protects recipients and allows for new applicants

Dec 9, 2020
But Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status is still temporary, and offers no clear path to citizenship.
People hold signs during a rally in support of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the DACA program in San Diego, Calif., on June 18, 2020.
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GM makes U-turn in Trump's fight over California emissions

GM had previously sided with the Trump administration in a legal fight over California setting its own emissions standards.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra speaks to the news media before the automobiile maker's annual meeting of shareholders at GM world headquarters June 12, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Federal court blocks Trump's cuts on food stamps

The Trump administration's plan would have ended food stamps for nearly 700,000 unemployed people.
A sign alerting customers about SNAP food stamps benefits is displayed at a Brooklyn grocery store on Dec. 5, 2019 in New York City.
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What does a census undercount mean for state and local governments?

Those most in need of federal funding could be left out of the census count.
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Fact-checking Harris’ and Pence’s claims about taxes

Oct 9, 2020
The two clashed over Trump’s signature tax reforms during the vice presidential debate.
A view of Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris at the vice presidential debate on Wednesday.
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Trump administration increasing number of government workers, report finds

Oct 7, 2020
That's in spite of promises to drastically reduce the number of people working for the government.
Their ranks have increased by about 25% during the Trump administration, to almost 11 million people, according to the report by New York University professor of public service Paul Light.
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Judge blocks Trump administration's temporary visa restrictions

Oct 2, 2020
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White said the president had likely exceeded his authority.
A medical scientist runs a test at a University of Washington lab. The H-1B visa freeze affects jobs in science-related as well as other fields.
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