Anime Is Booming. So Why Are Animators Living in Poverty?

The workers who make the Japanese shows the world is binge-watching can earn as little as $200 a month. Many wonder how much longer they can endure it.

#animated-films, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #japan, #labor-and-jobs, #shirobako-tv-program, #wages-and-salaries

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Biden Changes P.P.P. Rules for Self-Employed People, Pauses Some Applications

A more generous loan formula for solo ventures is meant to get more very small businesses into the Paycheck Protection Program. But bigger applicants face a two-week pause.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #minorities, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Uber drivers are entitled to worker benefits, a British court rules.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Biden Should Help Protect Uber and Lyft Drivers

The Biden administration has an opportunity to restore basic labor protections to the people who deliver our groceries and drive for Uber and Lyft.

#albertsons-inc, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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The Business Rules the Trump Administration Is Racing to Finish

From tariffs and trade to the status of Uber drivers, regulators are trying to install new rules or reduce regulations before President-elect Joe Biden takes over.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #community-reinvestment-act, #computers-and-the-internet, #electric-light-bulbs, #energy-department, #energy-efficiency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #office-of-the-comptroller-of-the-currency, #presidential-transition-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #transportation-department-us, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virtual-currency

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Delivery Workers in South Korea Say They’re Dying of ‘Overwork’

More than a dozen couriers have died this year. Some died after complaining of unbearable workloads that kept them on the clock from dawn until past midnight.

#boycotts, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #seoul-south-korea, #strikes, #work-life-balance, #working-hours, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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States Overpaid Unemployment Benefits and Want Money Back

A pandemic relief program allows no forgiveness of overpayments, even when recipients are not at fault and the funds are already spent.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #personal-finances, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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DoorDash Stock Soars After Initial Public Offering

The delivery company’s shares started trading at $182 each, 78 percent above its initial public offering price of $102, in a sign of investor appetite.

#airbnb, #computers-and-the-internet, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #initial-public-offerings, #restaurants, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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Food Delivery Apps Are Booming. Their Workers Are Often Struggling.

Delivery drivers have been essential to feeding New York, while boosting sales for companies like DoorDash and Uber. But they say work conditions have gotten worse.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #grubhub-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #mobile-applications, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #uber-eats, #wages-and-salaries

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DoorDash Reveals I.P.O. Filing

The company’s performance renewed questions about whether “gig economy” businesses can turn a profit.

#company-reports, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #food, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #initial-public-offerings, #restaurants, #venture-capital, #xu-tony

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Prop 22 in California Is a Bad D

A voter-approved measure strips them of basic protections enjoyed by employees in other businesses.

#automobiles, #california, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc

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Fight Over Gig Workers Persists Despite Win for Uber and Lyft

A successful ballot measure in California makes drivers and other workers contractors, but the companies face continued pushback.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

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Why California’s Prop 22 Puts Our Labor Laws in Danger

The gig companies wrote new labor laws that are almost impossible to change.

#doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #postmates-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber and Lyft Drivers in California Will Remain Independent

The victory of Proposition 22, the most expensive initiative in the state’s history, could help gig companies remake labor laws throughout the country.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #gonzalez-lorena-1971, #herrera-dennis-j, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #proposition-22, #referendums, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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It’s a Ballot Fight for Survival for Gig Companies Like Uber

A group that also includes Lyft and DoorDash has spent nearly $200 million to support a California proposition that could save them from a new labor law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #political-advertising, #postmates-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Appeals Court Says Uber and Lyft Must Treat California Drivers as Employees

The ruling adds new urgency to a ballot measure in the state that would exempt the companies from a new labor law intended to give gig workers more employment rights.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

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Making a New Start in a Business of Their Own

Whether because of layoffs or a desire for a new challenge, older people are becoming entrepreneurs at an increasing rate.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #entrepreneurship, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #retirement

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California, Reject Prop 22

Gig workers deserve the dignity of fair compensation.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #uber-eats, #wages-and-salaries

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Seattle Passes Minimum Pay Rate for Uber and Lyft Drivers

The city became the second in the nation to create a compensation standard for ride-hailing drivers, after New York.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #seattle-wash, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber and Lyft Could Gain From U.S. Rule Defining Employment

The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #overtime, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Why Unemployment Claims May Be Overcounted by Millions

Weekly tallies of jobless claims were not meant to be treated as an economic indicator. The pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of doing so.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #states-us, #statistics, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Cleaners Demand Harassment Safeguards From the Booking Service Handy

Workers for a home services company say they face sexual harassment and unfair fees. A civil rights group is asking California regulators to step in.

#california, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #handy, #labor-and-jobs, #sexual-harassment

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The Strange Grief of Losing My Sense of Taste

Many symptoms of Covid-19 were difficult, but losing my ability to taste hurt the most.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #las-vegas-nev, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #senses-and-sensation, #smell-olfaction, #social-media, #taste, #writing-and-writers

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Uber Is Hurting Drivers Like Me in Its Legal Fight in California

We’re in limbo as the ride-hailing company spends millions fighting a new state law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #chauffeurs-and-drivers, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #living-wage, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber and Lyft Threaten to Shut Down in California

The companies, under legal pressure to reclassify their drivers as employees, said they would halt rides unless an appeals court gives them permission to continue.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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Why Work From Home When You Can Work From Barbados, Bermuda or … Estonia?

Several countries with fragile tourist economies have started to offer visas that allow foreign nationals to live and work for a period of at least six months.

#barbados, #bermuda, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eastern-europe, #estonia, #foreign-workers, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #georgia-georgian-republic, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantines, #telecommuting, #travel-and-vacations

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Uber and Lyft Consider Franchise-Like Model in California

Under pressure to classify their freelance drivers as full-time employees, the ride-hailing companies are discussing another option.

#automobiles, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #franchises, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #state-legislatures, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries, #zimmer-john-1984

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In Europe, Millions of Jobless Are Falling Through the Cracks

Government efforts to subsidize wages and prevent layoffs have kept many in jobs, but they aren’t sheltering an army of precarious workers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #politics-and-government, #unemployment

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I Am the C.E.O. of Uber. Gig Workers Deserve Better.

Gig workers want both flexibility and benefits — we support laws that could make that possible.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #uber-technologies-inc, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries

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‘It’s Time for a Change’: Workers Idled by the Virus Try New Careers

Facing a loss of hours, unsecured wages and slow reopenings, some unemployed Britons are reconsidering their livelihoods.

#careers-and-professions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #quarantines, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber and Lyft Drivers Win Ruling on Unemployment Benefits

A federal judge’s decision in New York is a key victory in efforts to secure the protections extended to other workers.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dearcy-hall-judge-lashann, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

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Upsides for Some Remote Workers; Lost Pay and Security for Others

Working from home creates economic winners and losers. It can benefit highly skilled employees but depress others’ wages and make it hard to organize.

#automattic, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duckduckgo, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #outsourcing, #telecommuting, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-environment

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Slimmed-Down Baseball on TV Has Broadcast Workers Worried

Could changes to telecasts made during the coronavirus pandemic become permanent?

#baseball, #cameras, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #television

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After Picking Up Work Here and There, No Unemployment Check

For many people, making a living is a cobbled-together proposition. That leaves a hole in the safety net when things turn bad.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #part-time-employment, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Using Black Art While Failing Black Artists

Black artists, models, designers and other creative professionals say they have been used to lend legitimacy to diversity campaigns while being underpaid and pigeonholed.

#advertising-and-marketing, #aina-jackie, #art, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #clouser-dionne, #discrimination, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hiring-and-promotion, #martin-shantell, #okello-lydia, #race-and-ethnicity

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Massachusetts Sues Uber and Lyft Over the Status of Drivers

A lawsuit by the state’s attorney general adds to pressure on the companies to consider their drivers full-time employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #healey-maura-1971, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance, #wages-and-salaries

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Are Uber and Lyft Drivers Well Paid? It Depends on the Study

Uber and Lyft hailed a Cornell paper’s conclusion that their drivers make solid wages. But others have questioned the researchers’ approach.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #cornell-university, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #hyman-louis-1977, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #research, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber Rides Cost More? OK

Many gig-based business models help customers take advantage of workers. Let’s stop giving tech companies a free ride.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #herrera-dennis-j, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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The New Model Media Star Is Only Famous to You

With short videos and paid newsletters, everyone from superstars to half-forgotten former athletes and even journalists can, as one tech figure put it, “monetize individuality.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #barstool-sports-inc, #conte-jack, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #media, #medium-com, #newsletters, #patreon-inc, #shopify-inc, #williams-evan-c, #writing-and-writers

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‘I Feel Like a Hero’: A Day in the Life of a Grocery Delivery Man

Gerald Timothee walks miles everyday to deliver groceries, taking every precaution against the coronavirus. He rarely sees his customers anymore.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #manhattan-nyc, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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California Sues Uber and Lyft, Claiming Workers Are Misclassified

The ride-hailing companies are accused of defying a new state law that says gig workers should be treated as employees.

#becerra-xavier, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #khosrowshahi-dara, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance, #wages-and-salaries

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Europe’s Strong Labor Laws Aren’t a Guarantee for Lower-Wage Workers

Some European companies seem to be targeting workers who are the easiest to fire or have the least bargaining power, even as the firms seek government help.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deutsche-lufthansa-ag, #europe, #france, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #germanwings-gmbh, #germany, #great-britain, #international-business-machines-corporation, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #unemployment, #wages-and-salaries

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How to Make It in America as a Professional Falconer

The job promises flexible hours, a connection to nature and irresistible Instagram content. But is it recession-proof?

#birds, #falcons, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #hawks-birds, #labor-and-jobs, #los-angeles-calif, #social-media

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The Coronavirus and the Fragile Music Festival Economy

They draw crowds, generate income and play a unique role in spurring creativity. Now the coronavirus threatens the future of this tenuous ecosystem.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #festivals, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #movies, #music, #south-by-southwest-music-and-media-conference

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A String Quartet Is Crushed by the Coronavirus

An acclaimed young ensemble was making a fragile but sustainable living. Then the bottom dropped out.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #tesla-quartet

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Hollywood’s Specialized Backstage Workers Try to Soldier On

Production has ground to a halt, leaving a vast number of people without work and others trying to figure out how to finish projects remotely.

#blunder-monika, #bongiovi-nina-yang, #colligan-megan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dotolo-vinny, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #imax-corporation, #labor-and-jobs, #movies, #neon-production-co, #oyelowo-david, #quinn-tom-1970, #shook-jon, #television

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Jobless Claims by Uber and Lyft Drivers Revive Fight Over Labor Status

California’s move to aid gig workers may break federal rules. But the state said it had few options after the ride-hailing companies resisted other benefits.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #newsom-gavin, #quarantines, #su-julie-a, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance

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They Filed for Unemployment Last Month. They Haven’t Seen a Dime.

Crashing websites, disconnected calls and problems with state-issued debit cards are common for the 1.2 million New Yorkers seeking relief.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #new-york-state, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

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Photojournalists Struggle Through the Pandemic, With Masks and Long Lenses

Assignments have dried up for many photographers. Others risk going into the fray to capture images of a changed world.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eater-web-site, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #he-gary, #jones-radhika, #kauzlarich-mark, #new-york-post, #news-and-news-media, #ochs-caitlin, #photography, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #reuters-group-plc, #vanity-fair

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Italy Is Sending Another Warning

This is what a country a month into lockdown looks like: desperate, hungry and scared.

#campania-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #italy, #labor-and-jobs, #naples-italy, #unemployment

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