UK Bolsters Salary Support for Those Hit by Local Lockdowns

In a change of policy, Treasury chief Rishi Sunak has responded to calls from businesses, local leaders and unions to provide a financial support package to prevent mass job losses in sectors that will be subject to new restrictions. Pubs and restaurants in large parts of the north of England, where the coronavirus is spreading fastest, are expected to face a government order to shut their doors again, barely three months after reopening from lockdown. Restrictions are already being tightened Friday in Scotland, where pubs in the two biggest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, have been ordered to close for 16 days. “I have always said that we will do whatever is necessary to protect jobs and livelihoods as the situation evolves," Sunak said. “The expansion of the Job Support Scheme…
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Trump Administration Targets Diversity Hiring by Contractors

American companies promising to hire more Black employees in leadership roles and teach their workforce about racism are getting a message from President Donald Trump’s administration: Watch your step if you want to keep doing business with the federal government.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.416.2_en.html#goog_425310616 Trump’s Labor Department is using a 55-year-old presidential order spurred by the Civil Rights Movement to scrutinize companies like Microsoft and Wells Fargo over their public commitments to diversity. Government letters sent last week warned both companies against using “discriminatory practices” to meet their goals. Microsoft has brushed off the warnings, publicly disclosing the government inquiry and defending its plan to boost Black leadership. But advocates for corporate diversity initiatives worry that more cautious executives will halt or scale back efforts to make their workplaces more inclusive out of fear…
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