February 11, 2022


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WORKPLACE | The U.S. Senate yesterday voted to approve workplace reform legislation that invalidates forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts for sexual harassment and sexual assault claims. The legislation clears the way for victims of workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault to take their cases to court regardless of any forced arbitration clauses and would prohibit companies from writing those clauses into employment contracts in the future. The House approved the measure earlier this week and President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days. [more]

COVID-19 | New York City is expected to fire approximately 3,000 city workers today  — about 1% of the city’s municipal workforce — for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. [more]

R.I.P. | French virologist Luc Montagnier died earlier this week. Montagnier led the team of scientists that discovered the HIV virus in 1983 and was awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery in 2008. [more]

ECONOMY | All three major U.S. stock indices closed down yesterday after the Labor Department reported that consumer prices rose at a higher-than-expected rate in January. [more]

NFL | Super Bowl 56 is scheduled to begin at 6:30pm this coming Sunday. The Los Angeles Rams are considered slight favorites over the Cincinnati Bengals. [more]

PRIVACY | Apple has announced plans for changes to its AirTags bluetooth tracking product in an effort to prevent their being used to track people without their consent. The updates are reported to include new privacy warnings, sound alerts and tracking code. [more]

UKRAINE | U.S. President Joe Biden yesterday urged American citizens in Ukraine to leave the country amidst signs of continued Russian troop buildups along the Ukrainian border and fears of a Russian invasion. [more]

NFL | Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player for 2021 yesterday. It was the fourth time that Rodgers has been named the league’s MVP. [more]

ENVIRONMENT | Australian environment minister Sussan Ley said yesterday that the Australian government will declare the country’s iconic koalas as endangered in multiple states. Environmentalists say the koala population has fallen by as much as 61% since 2001 in some areas. [more]

TODAY IN HISTORY | Today in 1990, after serving 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was released. Mandela subsequently began negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk that resulted in the end of apartheid in South Africa. [more]

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