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Read on for news on how legal insiders are prepping for a bunch of court fights if President Trump loses in November, frustrations with Amazon's pay structure, and the underground nanny economy.
Picture the following scenario, from my colleague Dave Levinthal:
It's January 20, 2021.
Joe Biden is now president of the United States, having denied President Donald Trump his bid for a second term. Trump vacates the White House and retreats to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. For Trump's political career, it's all over but the tweeting.
Or is it?
More than a dozen legal experts and practitioners, including former high-ranking officials at the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission, told Insider that legal troubles for Trump and a vanquished Trump reelection campaign could ignite — not subside — if the president is no longer president.
There are lawsuits tied to whether the president violated the US Constitution forbidding him from making money off foreign governments, possible Hatch Act violations, Trump's business entanglements, and campaign-finance questions still stewing from the Stormy Daniels hush-money affair.
Trump's 2020 campaign also faces accusations it's masking the true recipients of about $170 million in election-season spending. The existence of an internal Trump campaign audit of spending irregularities may also entice federal investigators. A Trump official says the campaign "complies with all campaign finance laws."
Read the full story here:
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Amazon's pay frustrations
From Eugene Kim:
Amazon's vice president of robotics and distinguished engineer Brad Porter, who suddenly resigned last month, left after the company denied his request for a better pay structure.
Porter wanted the pay range for his position to expand beyond what the company had set previously, according to people familiar with the matter. While other factors, like the allure of working for a richly valued startup and moving back to the Bay Area where his family lives, were important motivators, Porter's failure to adjust his compensation structure at Amazon also played a role in his departure, these people said.
Once Amazon refused to match his request, Porter accepted an offer from Scale AI, an artificial-intelligence startup based in San Francisco, one of the people said. Porter announced his move Monday.
Porter's case reflects Silicon Valley's intensifying competition for talent, as more startups look to poach longtime Amazon executives with lucrative offers. But it also gives a rare look into how Amazon's unusual compensation structure could get frustrating, current and former employees say.
You can read the story in full here:
- Amazon's robotics boss pushed for more pay before his sudden departure, as startups look to poach execs frustrated with its compensation structure
- San Francisco Bay Area tech salaries revealed: Here are 21 of the region's highest-paid jobs at companies like Netflix, Google, Apple, and Facebook.
- The Big Tech office isn't dead. Here's why giants like Facebook and Amazon keep gobbling up space while telling workers they can stay home.
Inside the underground nanny economy
From Allana Akhtar:
In March, when Angela's employers asked her to relocate with them from Brooklyn, New York, to the Hamptons to escape the coronavirus, the career nanny reluctantly agreed. Angela didn't want to leave her family behind at the height of the pandemic. But at the same time, she didn't feel she had much of a choice.
Angela is a single mother unauthorized to live in the US, and she needed the money.
New York City's underground nanny network comprises many women like Angela who are paid illegally by families that demand they work around the clock. Immigrant nannies get stuck in low-paying work due to the language barrier, while Black and Latina caretakers face racial profiling and harassment from parents. Work abuses run rampant, but the unregulated industry has little oversight to help nannies.
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- Inside the underground nanny economy, where many women of color have few ways to fight workplace abuses and low wages, all made worse by the pandemic
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