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United Airlines, one of the very few international companies that decided to impose a vaccination policy on its staff, is being sued by six of its employees. These employees have alleged that they have been granted exemption from the vaccination under religious or medical grounds but still are being placed under unpaid leaves.

The six employees of the US-based airline filed a class action lawsuit at a Texas federal court on September 21. The employees, who said that they sought exemption from the vaccine mandate as it was went against their medical condition or religious beliefs, claim that the airline had been insensitive in trying to interrogate them about the exemption.

The Airline issued a statement that said the lawsuit filed by the group of employees held no meaning. It claims that its employees have, in fact, welcomed the mandate, which was implemented last month.

The petitioners have asked the court to prevent the Airline from enforcing the vaccine mandate, for the time being, on staff members who request exemptions from the same.

This is the second time that United Airlines has run into legal trouble due to its vaccine mandate.

The first lawsuit was dismissed by a US Judge in Florida, who said that the lawsuit wasn’t filed properly.

However, the plaintiffs in this particular case have claimed that they would be seeking a representation of more than 2,000 United employees. They say that they were given August 31 as the deadline to request for exemption from the mandate on religious or medical grounds. The workers who applied for the same after the date were automatically denied.

They further accuse United Airlines of violating federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on religion and disability.

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Apple to test unvaccinated staff each time they enter office

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Tech giant Apple has announced that from October 24, it will require its unvaccinated corporate employees to get tested for COVID-19 every time they enter office premises.

The new policy will be applicable to all Apple employees who decline to report their vaccination status to the Company.

Apple has also mandated rapid tests once a week for their vaccinated employees as well. However, employees of the Company’s retail stores will be tested for the virus twice a week, as reported by Bloomberg.

The employees of Apple will be provided with rapid testing kits so that they can take a test all on their own. The results will have to be self-reported by the employees via the internal app.

All employees have been asked to report their vaccination status by October 24. In the coming days, they will have to show proof of their vaccination.

The updated policy will be floated by November 1 and Apple has informed its employees of the same via an internal e-mail earlier. The Company hopes to open its offices to staff for at least three days, starting January 2022. However, it has said that it will announce ‘return to office’ for employees a month prior to actually implementing the decision.

The Company has been urging its workforce to get inoculated and had ramped up the optional testing programme.

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Ola Cars to expand workforce by 10,000, begin operations in 100 Indian cities in 12 months

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Expanding into the vehicle commerce business, Ola Cars has revealed its plan to hire 10,000 employees in the coming 12 months. The Company will expand its operations in 100 cities and set up service centres across the country. At the time of the launch of the Company, Ola released a statement saying that it will be starting operations in 30 cities initially.

By foraying into the used cars business, the Company will soon establish itself as a complete mobility solutions provider.

The move is well timed because in five years’ time, the used car market is predicted to grow from the present 3.9 million units annually, to 8.2 million units a year, which is more than double the estimated figures for the new cars market over the same period.

Ola is eyeing $2 billion gross merchandise value (GMV) for its new vehicle commerce platform in the upcoming year. In its first month, the Company is selling pre-owned vehicles in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. It is further planning to start operations in Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata and Indore by the end of this week.

According to Arun Sirdeshmukh, CEO, Ola Cars, the Company has already sold 5,000 cars in its first month of operation, and it is gearing to hire majorly for its sales team and service centres.

The Company will also look to open its platform up for new vehicles from other automotive brands as well. “Ola Cars will begin with pre-owned vehicles, and over time, will open up for new vehicles from Ola Electric and other automotive brands as well,” the Company had said in its initial statement.

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Bitcoin News: IWF kooperiert nun doch mit dem “coolsten” Diktator

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Nachdem El Salvador Bitcoin vor einigen Wochen als offizielles Zahlungsmittel integriert hat, hatte der IWF die Zusammenarbeit mit dem lateinamerikanischen Land infrage gestellt. Nun hat der IWF beschlossen, die Kooperation mit El Salvador doch weiterzuführen.

Aber wie hängen El Salvador, der Internationale Währungsfonds (IWF), Bitcoin und der US-Dollar zusammen?

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Die Zusammenarbeit geht weiter

Auf einer Pressekonferenz erklärte der amtierende Direktor der Abteilung Westliche Hemisphäre des Internationalen Währungsfonds, Nigel Chalk:

„Wir arbeiten aktiv mit der salvadorianischen Regierung zusammen und helfen ihr dabei, einige der Risiken und Nachteile zu durchdenken und zu bewältigen.“

Denn bereits vor der Bitcoin-Adoption hatte der IWF El Salvador vor den möglichen negativen Konsequenzen dieses Schritts gewarnt. Für den IWF sind die Folgen auf die Wirtschaft des Landes durch die Bitcoin-Adoption nicht absehbar und stellen somit ein hohes Risiko dar. Ferner geht es – wie so häufig – um die möglicherweise kriminelle Nutzung der ältesten Kryptowährung. Auf der Pressekonferenz erklärte Chalk, dass man auch in Hinblick auf die Terrorismusbekämpfung einem Risiko ausgesetzt sei. Doch mittlerweile weiß man, dass Bitcoin keine zwangsläufig von Terroristen bevorzugte Währung ist.

Marc Fuchs erklärt:

„Durch die Adaption von Bitcoin hat El Salvador einen Schritt in Richtung Unabhängigkeit zum US-Dollar gemacht. Der IMF könnte mit dieser Unterwanderung unzufrieden sein und gerät somit in einen Interessenkonflikt: Eine dem USD gegenüber rebellische Nation finanziell unterstützen oder auf Opportunitätskosten durch nicht eingenommene Zinsen sitzen bleiben.“



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1,3 Milliarden US-Dollar und ein Diktator

Der Präsident der Zentralbank von El Salvador, Douglas Rodriguez, erläuterte kürzlich, dass es um eine Kreditvereinbarung mit dem IWF in Höhe von 1,3 Milliarden US-Dollar gehe.

„Wir sehen keine Risiken. Vielleicht Aufwärtsrisiken. Bitcoin wird ein Zahlungssystem werden, ein System für finanzielle Inklusion.“

Nicht nur der IWF sieht die Bitcoin-Adoption kritisch, sondern auch einige Bürger. Für den Präsidenten Nayib Bukele sind die kleinen Proteste aber kein Grund zur Sorge. Denn in diesem Retweet rückt er die Größenverhältnisse in ein anderes Licht.

Richter Esli Carrillo erklärt, warum er Teil der Protestbewegung ist:

„Wir sind auf die Straße gegangen, weil wir uns in Richtung Autoritarismus… Diktatur bewegen.“

‘El Dictador más cool del mundo mundial’: The coolest dictator in the world.
Ein Bild von Twitter

Präsident Nayib Bukele beantwortete die Proteste mit einer Veränderung in seiner Twitter-Bio zu „der coolste Diktator der Welt“.

Der coolste Diktator der Welt nutzt aber nicht nur seine Twitter-Reichweite, sondern auch Instagram. Mit den Worten „ein paar Bilder auf Instagram haben eine größere Wirkung als jede Rede in dieser Versammlung“, machte der Politiker ein Selfie auf dem Podium der UN-Generalversammlung im September.



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