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  • Singapore’s freelancers struggle (#1)
  • UK TV freelancers need support (#13)
  • Airbnb’s business could boom (#4)
  • FedEx drivers safety (#7)
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Channel News Asia
SINGAPORE: In February, final-year undergraduate Bianca Chua thought she was all set for the working world after starting her internship as a headhunter at a human resource (HR) firm.

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Metro
We’ve gone inside a home office on a houseboat, seen how a working mum has set up her daughter with a mini desk of her own, and met a barefoot athlete who has no chairs in his home.

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New York Times
Meet a few of the millions of people in New York — a day laborer, production assistant and catering business owner — who have seen their freelance and events-based work dry up.

Editor’s Note: The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to new challenges for freelancers. David Gonzalez and Andrea Salcedo find out how these gig workers are dealing with these new hurdles in their various lines of gig economy work beyond just those who work for apps.

Business Insider
Still, Airbnb will have to overcome some huge obstacles before it can thrive again, such as a likely need to raise cash in the middle of the downturn and a need to support and mollify property managers it has hurt and infuriated with a recent policy change.

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NDTV
Online grocery delivery platforms BigBasket and Grofers are facing scarcity of operational staff due to the coronavirus outbreak in India.

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Business Live
It’s Monday and SA has survived a second weekend of lockdown. By the time you read this, we will be past the halfway mark of the 21-day government-imposed attempt at curbing the spread of Covid-19. Sure, it’s likely to be extended, but let’s work with the timeframe we have.

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NBC News
The drivers who handle much of FedEx’s delivery business say they are not getting the coronavirus protections and additional sick leave other U.S. delivery workers have been given, even as they risk exposure working long hours delivering high volumes of packages to millions of Americans stuck at home.

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Jacobin
Thousands of drivers have rented vehicles through Lyft’s Express Drive program, working long hours for the company to pay off weekly rental bills. Now there aren’t enough rides on the road, and drivers can’t pay. We talked to Lyft drivers in three cities about how they’re managing the possibility of losing their cars in the middle of a pandemic.

Editor’s Note: Gig workers employed by cab-hailing companies have seen their work dry up in recent times. Here, Jonah Walters shares the story of three such drivers.

The Globe and Mail
I was employed as an independent contractor at a gym that closed because of COVID-19. A dozen other workers and I haven’t been paid for the work we did in February. The owner claimed they lost so much revenue that they won’t be able to pay us. What can we do?

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The Gazette
DES MOINES — Iowa Workforce Development officials on Monday issued new information relating to federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act benefits and implementation for thousands of Iowans who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Business Insider
Some hosts told Business Insider that the plan doesn’t address the underlying problem — Airbnb’s policies are tilted too much in favor of travelers, to the detriment of property managers.

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The Economist
For a sense of how covid-19 is affecting the world’s technology “unicorns”, as privately held firms worth $1bn or more have come to be known, consider two of them.

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Deadline
The UK government unveiled measures last week to support the nation’s freelance workers, claiming that 95% would be covered, following a similar move to cover the wages of furloughed employees during the crisis so that there won’t be widespread lay-offs. The news was largely met with a positive response, but there have been vocal concerns that some workers might slip through the support net.

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Inc42
Gurugram-based food delivery unicorn Zomato has raised around $5 Mn (INR 38.20 Cr) from British investment manager Baillie Gifford’s Pacific Horizon Investment Trust.

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The Globe and Mail
The biggest economic policy challenge we face during COVID-19 is addressing the massive and widespread loss of work prompted by government-mandated physical distancing. That’s not to minimize other such challenges, but the loss of work is vast and unprecedented.

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Bloomberg Law
The DOL issued guidance Sunday night to establish a new category of eligible claimants for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a program created under the $2 trillion coronavirus-relief law to extend benefits to various groups of workers who otherwise would be excluded from jobless aid

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New York Times
Lawyers and a Silicon Valley start-up have found ways to flood the system with claims, so companies are looking to thwart a process they created.

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Forbes
More and more people expect freedom in the way they work and want to get away from the limitations of a 9 to 5 job. They want to live a lifestyle that is better suited to them, their family circumstances and hobbies they are passionate about. Thus, remote teams, including freelancers, consultants and even full-time employees, have become much more common, especially among the new generation of companies founded in the last decade or two.

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NJ.com
A record 206,253 people filed unemployment claims last week in New Jersey as coronavirus kept more workers off the job. The stunning number is even higher than the week before when 155,815 people filed.

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NBC News
Before the coronavirus pandemic, I enjoyed an unsolicited FaceTime call about as much as I liked tripping on a sidewalk in winter.

Editor’s Note: Many freelancers are dealing with unique challenges of their own. Michael Arceneaux, a freelance writer, highlights his progression from not enjoy FaceTime and Zoom calls.

The National
Setting aside budgets to spend with smaller firms or even highlighting their work can help companies which may be struggling due to lower demand.

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Bloomberg
Bri Hlava lost her bartending jobs when the Silver Dollar and the Pearl of Germantown in Louisville, Kentucky, shut down in the coronavirus pandemic. She had earned $600 a week.

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Refinery 29
As of Monday, March 30, a large percentage of some of the most vulnerable workers in the United States are on strike — and making history in the process. The first mass strike of gig workers came in response to coronavirus concerns, and began with workers for Instacart, the grocery shopper and delivery giant. They announced plans to strike after their work conditions became dire in coronavirus epicenters like New York, and, starting Monday, united by refusing to take orders and make deliveries.

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News.com.au
The PM has just announced special new payments to keep businesses afloat and workers in jobs – but not everyone will get the Federal Government’s “JobKeeper” subsidy.

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Associated Press
NEW YORK — The coronavirus outbreak has thrown 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks, in the swiftest, most stunning collapse the U.S. job market has ever seen, and the losses could double by the end of the month, as the economic damage from the crisis piles up around the world.

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