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re: worker's rights (United States; Oregon, California) 

Other footnote: The maximum length of a pay period in Oregon is 35 days. And the statues say something about them being "regular", so if everyone _usually_ gets paid every two weeks, but your employer tries to make your pay period 35 days this time to get you to cover a big expense ... I Am Not A Lawyer but that sounds Questionable to me.

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re: worker's rights (United States; Oregon, California) 

I have no idea what happens if you can't pay for it up-front under those conditions, but there exists an option to use some payment plan that spreads the cost over multiple pay periods, possibly at added expense (loan fees, interest, etc).

Guess that's a question for a lawyer.

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re: worker's rights (United States; Oregon, California) 

In Oregon, employees "may be required to purchase required items as long as a purchase does not have the effect of taking an employee below minimum wage in any pay period."

So as long as you can pay for everything required to do your job, during the pay period in which it's required, and that doesn't put you below minimum wage, that's a legal thing for an employer to ask here.

source: oregon.gov/boli/TA/Pages/T_FAQ

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re: worker's rights (United States; Oregon, California) 

United States OSHA only applies to equipment necessary to protect employees from job-related injuries and illness; there's no federal requirement to do something analogous for most other job-related equipment.

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worker's rights (United States; Oregon, California) 

I did a little reading on whether employers can require employees to spend money on equipment necessary to do their job. In recent years this comes up with "bring your own device" policies for portable computing, but the same idea applies to a broad range of tools and industries.

It turns out whether an employer can require an employee to bear the cost of equipment necessary to do their job varies by State!

I discovered yesterday that Christopher Baldwin has been making more _Spacetrawler_ while I wasn't looking! There were multiple entire books I hadn't read!

baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/

So that's where the rest of that weekend went.

🌏 🚀 🌌 👽 👾 🥊

Hat tip to Comic Rocket, as it was looking over my list there when I realized there were hundreds of unread pages.

The two hardest problems I know of are going to bed and getting out of bed.

Me, reflecting on my media consumption: "But if I weren't reading all the toots and tweets, I wouldn't be aware of these movements in free software! And my connection to that community is important to me."

The people doing that work who are highly visible on social media: "auuuuuugh my mentions will be the death of me."

Oregon labor, Fred Meyer 

UFCW 555 is now calling for a boycott of Oregon and southwest Washington Fred Meyer locations: ufcw555.org/boycott/

I don't see the statement up on that site yet, but it's on their FB and Birdsite: twitter.com/ufcw555/status/117

PyCon 2020 is in Pittsburgh, eh?

I don't know anything about Pittsburgh. But after reading about it for ten minutes, it seems like it's probably a fine place to be, and April is probably a fine time of year to be there.

The window with all those open tabs crashed, and the list of tabs was not recovered.

This is perhaps for the best, the de-cluttering that's been forced upon this desktop. But if your post was among those lost, I'm sorry.

I really did think it looked like the sort of thing I want to know more about, and I was going to read it one of these days. Any day now. Eventually. I hope. Maybe.

The fight for diversity, equality and inclusion is the fight for software freedom. Our movement will only be successful if it includes everyone. RMS does not speak for these values.
sfconservancy.org/news/2019/se

FSF 

I endorse this thread from @ThatAndromeda@twitter.com about it being time for the Free Software Foundation to have a new President.
threadreaderapp.com/thread/117

Is nyan cat involved somehow? Or is that an unrelated project?

(Does this instance not have a nyan emojo? CAT ZWJ BREAD ZWJ RAINBOW)

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Okay, I need someone to Explain The Joke: Why is Hatsune Miku the new name behind GNU?

(You don't need to explain why the previous person in that role has to go, I'm caught up on that part.)

The bit I was missing from all the Firefox DNS-over-HTTPS and Firefox Private Network discourse is that Cloudflare had their IPO today.

Happy programmer's day & Friday 13th

Who wants to co-found a professional org for trans people in tech?

This is not a joke by the way, I want to do this.

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