Grind for December 22nd
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
– Dr. Seuss
Federal workers will soon earn paid family leave
President Trump on Thursday promised to approve a bill that grants federal workers 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
“With more women working today than ever before, we now have a historic opportunity to enact long overdue reforms,” said Trump during a summit on the issue. “We’re going to get it done.”
Ivanka Trump, who has lobbied lawmakers on childcare and paid leave issues, pointed to the bill as an example for corporate America.
“As the country’s largest employer, we must lead by example, and after decades, are finally doing so,” said Ivanka. “Our vision is to give each parent the resources and support they need to make the best choice for their families.”
President Trump has also promised to make quality, affordable childcare more accessible by increasing federal grants, removing regulations, and doubling the federal child tax credit. Lawmakers are reexamining the Childcare and Development Block Grant Act to increase flexibility and options for parents.
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Content moderator sues Facebook for giving him PTSD
Ireland resident Chris Gray worked for Facebook as a content moderator for 10 months. As a moderator, most of his time was spent watching disturbing videos depicting things like executions, animal torture, and child pornography.
About one year after he left the company, Gray visited a doctor for insomnia, mood swings, and trouble focusing. He was diagnosed with PTSD.
“You would wake up and you’re remembering the video of someone machine-gunning people in the Middle East somewhere…trying to think whether there was an ISIS flag, and so whether it should be marked as terrorism-related or not,” said Gray.
After his diagnosis, Gray teamed up with 12 other moderators in a lawsuit against Facebook Ireland and CPL Resources, one of the companies Facebook employs to handle content moderation.
“There are 40,000 people doing this shit,” said Gray. “If I can get them better working conditions, better care, then that also improves the quality of the content moderation decisions and the impact on society.”
In a similar lawsuit filed in March, two former moderators in California claimed their work for Facebook produced psychological trauma.
Gray’s lawsuit could cause bigger problems, however, because California’s workplace laws are not as strict as Europe’s.
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