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  • London’s gig workers (#1)
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Al Jazeera

When 35-year-old medical courier Alex Marshall picked up seven coronavirus samples from a cancer clinic in London, one thought lingered in his mind as he cycled to The Doctors Laboratory (TDL), which provides pathology services to the United Kingdom’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS).


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London’s gig economy workers were already struggling before the pandemic. The ongoing crisis has added to their plight and made things much harder for them, Amandas Ong reports.

SC Magazine UK

Being able to deploy more or less IT expertise as situations demand is akin to best practice usage of cloud services. But is freelance work inherently insecure?


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The Canadian Press

Ivan Ostos biked through rainstorms, braved the coldest days of the year and pedalled up plenty of hills to drop off hot meals for three popular food delivery apps – until a significant portion of his work vanished May 11.


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Business Insider

I’m a sole proprietor who runs my own freelance writing business, which has been impacted by the pandemic.


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PYMNTS

While many advancements have been made over the last five years toward enabling 9-to-5 employees to gain instant access to wages they already earned, the progress has been uneven at best.


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TIME

For years, Jennell Lévêque has been getting up early and swiping through her phone in the hope that Amazon Flex would drop some shifts for delivery drivers and that she’d be quick enough to nab one.


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BOOM

120 million Indians are unemployed now, bust post COVID-19 there may be a boom in e-commerce, and the gig economy.


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Gadget Magazine

A report by The Fairwork Project – a collaboration between various South African and foreign university research units – has found that the non-standard employment status of gig workers during Covid-19 has made them particularly vulnerable during an economic shutdown. However, some gig networking platforms have stepped up to ease the pain.


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Gig workers in South Africa face a lot of regulatory hurdles such as a non-standard employment status and inconsistent payments. Gadget suggests ways in which the industry can be saved from the ongoing crisis.

Bloomberg

Lyft, Airbnb are other sharing economy companies paring back.


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Reuters

LISBON — As reservation calendars at Portugal’s 90,000 holiday homes were wiped clean amid the coronavirus outbreak, councils in its biggest cities swooped in with offers to rent up to 2,000 properties to sublet as low-cost housing.


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The Telegraph (UK)

While some employees are already heading back to work, a large proportion of Britain’s five million self-employed people are still finding they have no way of making a living.


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POLITICO

The coronavirus crisis will usher in changes in the labor market, according to Anna Thomas, director of the Institute for the Future of Work.


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San Francisco Examiner

The commission, including members of the public as well as supervisors, commissioned a study on gig workers during the shelter-in-place last month and found that most sought better protections from public officials so they could access unemployment and paid sick leave benefits.


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Some freelancers and gig workers in San Francisco could be given new rules including a minimum wage over the next few weeks. Ida Mojadad reports that the city commission has made new recommendations after getting data on the impact of COVID.

Associated Press

Entrepreneurial types who freelance and side hustle their way through the week likely have access to a tool that could help them thrive: a business credit card.


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Spectrum News

For about six years, Alanna Sharp has taken advantage of the growing tech industry in Central Texas.


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Payments Source

As the coronavirus crisis fuels even stronger demands for early earned wage access, Ceridian seeks to rise above the competition with its own on-demand digital wallet and prepaid Mastercard.


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Bloomberg

Remember when all of this was unthinkable? More than 20 million out of work in the U.S. China seizing up. The oil market collapsing, entire industries — airlines, professional sports — shutting down.


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The Verge

Public transportation is on life support, as the pandemic makes people less inclined to want to cram themselves into underground metal tubes with poor air circulation and nonexistent social distancing. The weather is getting nicer and some states are taking tentative steps toward reopening, even shutting down certain streets to car traffic to make more room for walking, biking, and scootering. So why isn’t the micromobility industry — shared electric bikes and scooters — thriving right now?


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The Hill

In less than two months, there have been more than 30 million unemployment claims as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of Americans saw their businesses shuttered, their paychecks put on indefinite hold. Now, as some states take steps towards reopening their economies, others are firmly slamming the door shut on workers — and opportunity.


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New York Times

Nearly three million new unemployment claims brought the two-month total to more than 36 million, even with some still frustrated in seeking benefits.


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Vox

Don, a commercial boat captain in Sarasota, Florida, wasn’t on Twitter before the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, though, he decided to join; after weeks of struggling with his state’s unemployment insurance system, signing up for Twitter was a last-ditch attempt to make progress. “I googled how I can get ahold of the state, just looking for answers, and I saw some Twitter posts popping up,” he told me.


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WSJ ($)

Companies continue to discuss possible all-stock deal that would combine major meal-delivery services


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Haaretz

Israel is engaged in a large-scale experiment costing tens of millions of shekels to examine the value of shared transportation by the U.S.-Israeli company Via. But in New York, data show that Via’s service does not compare favorably with the more conventional alternative of yellow taxis.


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Express Computer

Meetings are where strategies are defined, actions planned, and agreements reached, with people willing to collaborate. It assumes a different hue when it is done on a wireless platform. Virtual collaboration is revolutionising the domain and changing the paradigm of meetings.


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Financial Times ($)

The coronavirus shutdown is reshaping the internet-powered local services on which modern city dwellers depend. It is also giving city authorities plenty of reason to intervene to protect their vulnerable populations. Forcing through this change in a moment of crisis, and sorting out the winners from the losers, is guaranteed to be messy.


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