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Facebook Moderators Told to Return to Office Amid Pandemic

Facebook contractors tasked with sifting through some of the most heinous and traumatizing content on the internet faced a new hurdle this week when they were told to return to company offices to do their work in person as a pandemic runs rampant around them. Audio obtained by The Intercept suggests that their employer, Accenture, is downplaying the risk of indoor exposure to Covid-19.

When the United States began a patchwork national lockdown in March, Facebook contractors, paid a relatively low hourly wage with few of the generous perks afforded to the company’s full-time staffers, began to feel even more acutely dispensable to the $750 billion company. Beginning this week, as first reported by The Verge, these contractors must now resume working in the same facilities that Facebook’s full-time can safely avoid, having been told that they’ll be permitted to work from home through July 2021. “Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions drawn from our internal discussions about these matters, we are allowing employees to continue voluntarily working from home until July 2021,” a Facebook spokesperson explained to Business Insider.

Facebook has said that the contractors in question, who must wade through so-called priority zero content encompassing the worst of child sexual abuse and graphic violence, can’t safely do this work from home. Three Facebook moderators employed through Accenture who spoke to The Intercept on the condition of anonymity, because they are not permitted to speak with the press, expressed a profound worry that the company, and their ultimate bosses at Facebook HQ, are once again ignoring their safety in the name of keeping the social network running smoothly.

An October 2 virtual meeting, a recording of which was obtained by The Intercept, did little to lessen moderators’ dread over resuming indoor work at

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Little White House office highlights four homes

Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Little White House office is showcasing four homes, two of which will be held open this afternoon.

Served by the Highland Park Independent School District, the custom residence at 7908 Hanover St. (7908hanover.ebby.com) in University Park is offered for $1,699,000. It will be held open from 1 to 3 p.m.

This four-bedroom, 4½-bathroom home offers an open floor plan. A large family room with a woodburning fireplace opens to a kitchen with an island, custom cabinetry, a breakfast bar and a walk-in pantry. The primary suite has French doors that lead to the balcony. The backyard offers a covered patio, fireplace, built-in grill and pool. For additional details, contact Chris Hickman at 469-569-1106 or [email protected]

Located in Dallas’ Belmont neighborhood, the five-bedroom, 5½-bathroom home at 6032 Richmond Ave. (6032richmond.ebby.com) is offered for $1 million. It will be held open from 1 to 3 p.m.

The traditional-style residence features a spacious open floor plan with wood flooring and high ceilings. The kitchen provides marble countertops and a walk-in pantry and opens to a living room with a fireplace. The backyard has a pool, spa, cabana and built-in grill. For more information, contact Paul Farrow at 214-641-9814 or [email protected] com.

The estate at 4720 Royal Lane (4720royal.ebby.com) in Preston Hollow is offered for $3.5 million. This gated home features a stone exterior with cast-iron accents. There are seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, four half-bathrooms and four woodburning fireplaces. The kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances and a spacious pantry. The primary suite has dual bathrooms and a well-equipped exercise room.

The resort-style backyard features a pool and spa, sport court, outdoor kitchen and brick gazebo. Additional amenities include a wine vault, elevator and separate guest quarters. For more details, contact Dorothy Bell at 214-906-4788 or [email protected] or Joe Gall at

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Preston Keller office showcases three homes

Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Preston Keller office is highlighting three homes, one of which will be open for touring this afternoon.

Situated on a cul-de-sac in west Plano’s Lakeside on Preston neighborhood, the five-bedroom, 5½-bathroom residence at 5217 Lakecreek Court (5217lakecreek.ebby.com) is offered for $1,519,000. It will be held open from 1 to 3 p.m.

The traditional-style home has a covered front porch, landscaping and updated wood flooring throughout. The well-appointed kitchen provides a commercial-grade Viking range, stainless-steel appliances and two large pantries. The backyard features a saltwater pool, spa, cascading water feature and plentiful outdoor living space. Additional amenities include a guest suite, a library and a media room with an advanced audio-visual system.

For information, contact Mike Harvey at 214-704-3516 or [email protected] or Pamela Harvey at 214-415-1778 or [email protected]

Situated on a large lot in Far North Dallas’ gated and guarded Oakdale community, the Mediterranean-style contemporary home at 17628 Woods Edge Drive (17628woodsedge.ebby.com) is offered for $1,299,000.

The five-bedroom, 5½-bathrooom residence features an open floor plan with wood flooring, wooden shutters and four fireplaces. The kitchen is equipped with stainless-steel appliances, plentiful cabinetry and a breakfast bar and opens to the dining and living areas. The backyard has a pool, spa and covered patio. Highlights include a downstairs primary suite, spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, two game rooms and a three-car garage. This home is also available for lease.

For more details, contact Alan Levy at 214-535-1777 or [email protected]

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence at 3515 Throckmorton St. (3515throckmorton.ebby.com) in Oak Lawn is offered for $675,000.

Built for the current owner in 2014, this luxury three-story residence was thoughtfully designed with a neutral palette and includes the option for an elevator.

The kitchen has custom cabinetry, high-end appliances and leathered granite surfaces and is on the second level. The third

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NLRB Office Says Google Contractor Violated Union Rights

Law360 (October 9, 2020, 5:03 PM EDT) — National Labor Relations Board prosecutors have accused a Google contractor of illegally interfering with its workers’ union rights by outsourcing jobs to Poland, a year after its employees voted to form one of the first-ever bargaining units of white collar technology workers.

The NLRB’s Pittsburgh office accused HCL America of a host of unfair labor practice violations in an Oct. 5 complaint, which the United Steelworkers union announced Thursday. In addition to shipping work overseas, the company has adjusted worker vacation and leave benefits and refused to play ball in contract bargaining, prosecutors say.

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Desperate landlords offer renovation subsidies to lure tenants as Hong Kong’s vacant office space hits 21-year high

Hong Kong’s commercial landlords are offering incentives such as renovation subsidies to lure tenants, as the amount of office space lying empty reaches the highest level in 21 years, according to property services company CBRE.

Some landlords have begun offering a one-off subsidy to help new tenants fit out their office space, said Alan Lok, executive director of advisory and transaction services for offices at CBRE.

“In some cases, the landlord would offer a subsidy of about HK$100 (US$12.9) per square foot,” said Lok during a briefing on Wednesday.

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The subsidy is attractive because relocation costs in Hong Kong are very expensive, he said. For a prime renovation costing HK$1,000 per sq ft, the relocation cost may add up to HK$1,200 per sq ft after including the price of returning the office to its original state when the lease ends. The cost can be spread out to a monthly HK$30 per sq ft or thereabouts over three years.

“For most relocations with cutting costs as the objective, it takes a place with a rent of HK$30 per square foot less than” the original rent to justify the move, said Lok. “Some offices do not have their head offices in Hong Kong. It is not that easy to approve that sum [for renovation].”

According to CBRE, 7.8 million sq ft of office space – greater than the size of four Central Plazas – sat vacant in Hong Kong in September, the highest since 1999. An additional 950,000 sq ft of surrendered space – returned by tenants before the lease expires – is available in the market, just shy of the size of the HSBC building.

Desperate landlords have been offering a broader range

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