IPhone Contractor In China Admits Student Labor Law Contraventions

A Taiwan company crucial for the production of iPhones for tech giant Apple admitted Monday that working conditions for some students employed at a factory in China contravened agreed labor terms.

The company was reacting to a Bloomberg report that said Apple had suspended all new business with them after finding evidence of the labor violations and attempts to cover them up.

Pegatron “misclassified the student workers in their program and falsified paperwork to disguise violations of our Code, including allowing students” to work nights and overtime, Bloomberg quoted Apple as saying in its statement.

Employees “went to extraordinary lengths” to cover up the violations and the company has now placed the partner on probation until action is taken, it said.

In an email statement to AFP, the Taipei-listed Pegatron admitted that some students laborers at factories in the southeastern Chinese cities of Shanghai and Kunshan were made to work

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Apps win, labor frets after Uber-led ‘gig worker’ measure passes

A victory for the “gig economy” in California is likely to echo across the US, in a boon for app-based services while igniting fear that big business is rewriting labor laws.

Rideshare and delivery apps matching tasks with those willing to perform them as independent contractors sidestepped a labor law with the passage of Proposition 22 in a referendum put before state voters.

“Going forward, you’ll see us more loudly advocate for new laws like Prop 22,” Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said. “It’s a priority for us to work with governments across the US and the world to make this a reality.”

Proposition 22 — backed by Uber, Lyft and other app-based, on-demand delivery services like DoorDash and Instacart — effectively overturns a state law requiring them to reclassify their drivers and provide employee benefits.

“This is very positive for anybody who has a humans-as-a-service type mentality,” said analyst

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Ride-hailing, delivery giants win fight against labor law

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — App-based companies like Uber, Lyft and Doordash have dodged a potentially devastating blow to their industry by carving out an exemption from a California law that required them to classify their drivers as employees instead of contractors.

California voters passed Proposition 22 and delivered a stinging rebuke to state lawmakers and labor leaders who were fighting for better working conditions for a growing number of people who drive for ride-hailing and food delivery services.

California has one of the strictest laws in the country for determining when a company must treat its workers as employees with benefits such as minimum wage, overtime and sick days. Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Instacart and others sought to get out of those requirements, and after failing in court, succeeded in convincing voters to give them an exemption from most of the year-old law’s provisions.

A record $200 million spending spree by

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Epic argues Apple has ‘no rights to the fruits’ of its labor in ‘Fortnite’ filing

Apple’s claims of theft in Epic’s lawsuit against the company over App Store rules have been argued against by the game developer once again, with a Friday filing putting forward the idea that Epic didn’t “steal” anything from Apple at all.

The latest filing in the ongoing legal battle between Epic Games and Apple over “Fortnite” and monetization in the App Store features more accusations by Epic that it is innocent of claims by Apple that it was failing to fulfill contractual commitments. Instead, Epic asserts that Apple’s theft claims are absurd when applied to purchases made through its own servers.

The lawsuit covers a number of topics, but largely boils down to whether Epic should be allowed to take payments related to the iOS game through its own payment mechanism, bypassing the App Store’s own transaction system that Apple mandates apps like “Fortnite” must use. Apple tossed

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Epic says Apple ‘has no rights to the fruits of Epic’s labor’ in latest filing

Epic Games fired back against Apple yet again in a new court filing, saying the iPhone maker “has no rights to the fruits of Epic’s labor,” the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between the two companies.



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A quick recap: Back in August, Epic introduced a new direct-payment system in its wildly popular Fortnite game to bypass Apple’s 30 percent fee. Apple kicked Fortnite off the App Store for breaking its rules, and Epic responded with a civil lawsuit against Apple, alleging that Apple was violating antitrust law. Epic also revealed that Apple threatened to terminate the developer account used to support the company’s Unreal Engine platform, which would prevent Epic from developing future games for iOS or Mac.

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Earlier this month, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted an injunction that prevents Apple from retaliating against Unreal Engine, but

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