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Amazon cops $500k fine for for hiding internal COVID cases

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Major online retailer, Amazon has been fined for concealing COVID cases

Amazon has been ordered to pay a fine of $500,000 for hiding the number of COVID-19 cases at its California workplaces from employees.

The penalty, imposed under California’s new “right to know” law was handed out following a complaint that was lodged against the company.

The online retailer has agreed to pay the penalty and says it will improve the way it manages COVID notifications. The company has been forced to institute better ways of tracking positive infections, which include informing all warehouse workers of the “exact number of new COVID-19 cases in their workplaces” within 24 hours.

The fine comes after a complaint was made to authorities by a staff member.

California attorney general Rob Bonta stated that “as our nation continues to battle the pandemic, it is absolutely critical that businesses do their part to protect workers now — and especially during this holiday season.

“Californians have a right to know about potential exposures to the coronavirus to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

California’s COVID “right to know” (AB 685) legislation:

Under the law, employers are required to alert workers who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 within one day, and must also report COVID-19 case numbers to local health agencies within 48 hours if they “meet the definition of a COVID-19 outbreak.”

Amazon has been continuously criticised for treatment of its workers throughout the COVID pandemic.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Apple delays return to the office as COVID rates spike

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Apple has delayed its staff from returning to HQ on a full-time basis

Apple has delayed its workers from returning to the office full time.

Employees who are in the current working in the office two-day-per-week as part of a trial programme will have the option to once again work fully remote if they feel uncomfortable coming into the office.

According to news outlet The Verge, a memo released by Apple’s COVID-19 response team says that its updates are based on current infection rates and hospitalisations.

Apple is also requesting employees who do decide to return to the office to wear masks when in common areas like meeting rooms, hallways, and elevators.

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New findings revealed about shocking China plane crash

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New shocking information has been revealed about the China Eastern Airlines plane that crashed in March

The incident that killed 132 people was intentionally flown into the mountainside according to reports.

U.S. officials examined the plane’s black box, uncovering that people within the cockpit deliberately caused the Boeing 737 to veer out of control.

The plane was flying on-route at a normal altitude and speed before it nosedived into a mountain.

Initially experts speculated that the crash was caused by faults in the plane design, which is what caused two other fatal plane crashes in 2018 and 2019, but no officials have indicated any mechanical issues.

The pilot and co-pilot were allegedly in good health with no known motive for crashing the plane.

Chinese authorities say that no emergency code was sent from the plane, meaning it is unlikely that an intruder entered the cockpit.

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Snapchat co-creator and supermodel pay student loans for graduating class

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Student loans still get the better of most of us, a pesky debt that hurts the hip pocket

But one graduating class got the ultimate graduation gift

Otis College of Art and Design in Downtown LA got their student loans paid by off by Snapchat co-creator Evan Spiegel and his wife and supermodel Miranda Kerr.

The president of the art college announced the gift as the single largest donation in the history of Otis College.

The previous largest gift to the school was for $10 million and the screams from the students show how much it means to them.

The president says student debt weights heavily on talented graduates and the couple’s donation will be life-changing for the Class of 2022.

Spiegel created the popular instant messaging app with two former Stanford University classmates.

The snapchat co-creator took summer classes at Otis during high school and wanted to give back to the arts college.

Spiegel and wife Miranda were given honorary degrees at the college.

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