Proposition 118 would create a statewide paid family and medical leave program for workers who’ve earned at least $2,500. The program would allow workers to take up to 12 weeks of leave in most cases, and 16 weeks in the event of pregnancy or childbirth complications. Payments would come from a state-run insurance fund. In workplaces with 10 people or more, workers and employers would each contribute to the fund — at a rate of 0.9% of an employee’s wages — but employers in workplaces of nine or fewer people would be exempt from having to contribute to the premium. Companies with their own programs that meet criteria could opt out.

The case for: Paid family and medical leave would allow workers to stay at home longer with their newborns, care for loved ones in need, or simply prioritize their own health. Without paid leave, workers are often under pressure to return to work more quickly or not to take time off at all. Research has shown that paid leave programs expand employment opportunities and contribute positively to the state economy.

The case against: Workers would be forced to pay into a program that they may never need. That may be especially problematic in a recession, as many individuals and families are having a harder time covering their expenses. Many businesses are struggling, too, and Proposition 118 would add another cost during an uncertain time. Depending on how much the program generates, premium rates may be raised from 0.9% to 1.2%. And while the ballot measure allows certain businesses to opt out, doing so may be complicated and expensive.

Ballot question: “Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning the creation of a paid family and medical leave program in Colorado, and, in connection

It wasn’t that long ago that working from home was merely a pipe dream. But throughout history, there has always been some type of “working from home.” Of course, today, working from home with ease has been with a big thanks to advancements in technology.



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The work from home requirements have become a necessity in a pandemic where you can’t leave your house. Maybe in the past you have worked from home because you can’t afford childcare, have a medical condition or you may be introverted and just prefer to stay at home. But, today, you are complying with stay-at-home orders due to Covid-19.

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Regardless of the reason you’ve worked from home, there are plenty of ways you can still make money, such as the following 30 ways.

Related: 50 Work-From-Home Jobs Paying as Much or a Lot More Than the Average American Salary

1. Get paid for your opinions.

Will taking online surveys make you rich? Nope. In most cases, the payout only ranges between $0.50 to $3 per survey, But, it’s an easy way to make some extra money, usually in the form of points that can be redeemed for gift cards, whenever you have some downtime.

Some of the most well-known sites are Swagbucks, Survey Junkie and InboxDollar. You could also look into American Consumer Opinion and Opinion Outpost.

You can make a little more money by participating in online focus groups or testing products at home. The additional upside is that you have the potential to make a couple of hundred bucks each month. Check out User Interviews, FocusGroup.com or Respondent.io.

2. Test websites.

Typically, you can earn between $5 to $20 per hour testing websites. However, there is a possibility to make as much as $60 per hour.

(RTTNews) – Stocks moved sharply higher during trading on Monday, more than offsetting the weakness seen in the previous session. With the upward move on the day, the major averages reached their best closing levels in a month.

The major averages ended the day near their highs of the session. The Dow jumped 465.83 points or 1.7 percent to 28,148.64, the Nasdaq spiked 257.47 points or 2.3 percent to 11,332.49 and the S&P 500 surged up 60.16 points or 1.8 percent to 3,408.60.

The rally on Wall Street came amid positive reports about President Donald Trump’s health after he was rushed to Walter Reed hospital on Friday.

In a video posted on Twitter late Sunday, Trump said he is “getting great reports from the doctors” regarding his battle with the coronavirus.

Trump revealed in a tweet late in the trading day that he will be releases from the hospital at 6:30 pm ET.

“Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!” Trump tweeted.

Buying interest was also generated following the release of a report from the Institute for Supply Management showing activity in the U.S. service sector unexpectedly grew at a faster rate in the month of September’

The ISM said its services PMI rose inched up 57.8 in September from 56.9 in August, with a reading above 50 indicating growth in the service sector. Economists had expected the index to edge down to 56.3.

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Biotechnology stocks showed a substantial move to the upside on the day, driving the NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index up by 3.8 percent.

Shares of MyoKardia (MYOK) moved sharply higher after the biotechnology company agreed to

An hour away on the train from London, the cathedral city of Winchester has long appealed to people working in the capital and looking to move out. But the months of lockdown have sent the Hampshire town’s rental market into overdrive, with inquiries over this summer running at 19 times last year’s levels.



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Data from two large estate agents, shared with the Observer, shows that the “race for space” and a desire to prepare for a winter spent mainly at home are rapidly reshaping the property market.

Prices are on the increase in green and pleasant commuter towns, while rents for flats in some areas of central London are sharply down, by up to 20%. The Nationwide house price survey showed the average price of a home in the UK last month was just over £226,000, up 5% on a year earlier, and the fastest rate of increase since 2016.



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The small cathedral city of Winchester is showing a distinct shortage of properties as Londoners look to move.

Some of that increase is down to pent-up demand from those who would have moved during lockdown; some is down to the temporary stamp duty cuts. But Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, also points to behavioural shifts as people “reassess their housing needs and preferences as a result of life in lockdown”.

Nationwide pointed in particular to the south-west of England and the commuter towns surrounding London, where house prices were up by more than 5% year on year in the third quarter of 2020.

The most important feature buyers are looking for is a garden. The second-biggest request is a study or home office

Dylan Kinsella,

Watch: More than 7,500 finance jobs leave Britain for Europe following Brexit talks

More than 7,500 finance jobs and a trillion pounds in assets have left Britain for the European Union, said consultants EY on Thursday.

The exodus by banks follows fears of a full-blown Brexit in January as the UK transitions out of the EU.

Banks, insurers and asset managers have created new or expanded existing hubs in the single market to serve clients as the transition gets underway so that if future access is limited once the transition arrangements expire on 31 December, customers’s needs will still be met.

Despite the news, the movement of jobs and assets is a fraction of total jobs and assets held in Britain’s financial sector.

There could still be more staff and operational announcements in the weeks before the year end, said Omar Ali, UK financial services managing partner at EY, who was discussing the latest results from the firm’s quarterly Financial Services Brexit Tracker.

More than 7,500 finance jobs and a trillion pounds in assets have already left Britain for the European Union, according to EY. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters
More than 7,500 finance jobs and a trillion pounds in assets have already left Britain for the European Union, according to EY. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

“Firms must now ensure that as a minimum they will be operational and can serve clients on the 1st of January 2021,” Ali said.

Banks and other institutions have been making contingency plans since the UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016.

On the heels of that news, consultancy Oliver Wyman estimated that around 3,500 jobs would be lost even if the UK retained close links to Europe and as many as 75,000 finance jobs could be lost in a hard Brexit scenario.

Former London Stock Exchange CEO Xavier Rolet said LSE customers simply “would not wait” for clarity over Britain’s divorce from the EU before moving and that