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Detained immigrants face coronavirus threat

The entire country is feeling the impact of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that has led to thousands of deaths and put many parts of the U.S. into isolation. People are encouraged not to gather in groups, and those who have it need to quarantine themselves so they don't spread it to others.

There is one place where the risk is especially high, though: immigrant detainment centers. Naturally, those being held in these centers cannot avoid gathering in large groups. If the virus enters such a crowded area where people cannot maintain distances between each other, how fast could it spread through the population?

Engineer who stole tech for Uber fined $179 million

Two tech giants have been embroiled in controversy for several years over the intellectual property that one claims the other stole. Now, that controversy seems to be settled with a court judgment, a series of indictments and a massive fine.

When the "star engineer" for the Waymo division of Google and its self-driving technology left the company in early 2016, he allegedly took a pile of Waymo's intellectual property, trade secrets and ideas with him and promptly founded a company called Otto, which made self-driving trucks. Otto was then quickly bought out by Uber. That basically means that Uber (intentionally or not) got some of its innovative tech via intellectual property theft -- or so the allegations go.

How can a hashtag influence the law?

Employers often struggle with questions about how to provide a safe workplace environment. This is especially true in hotels, where mainly female housekeepers must enter rooms alone to clean, not knowing what, or who, awaits their passage through a locked door.

The #MeToo movement raised awareness of sexual harassment nationwide. In addition to individual impact, this forced many employers to revisit workplace policies, increase employee training, and strengthen safety and security measures.

Accommodating workers with Autism in the hospitality industry

Renowned professor Temple Grandin said that “the world needs all kinds of minds” in her 2013 Ted Talk. Ms. Grandin, like numerous others across the U.S., has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), previously known as Autism. The disorder can be challenging to characterize because individual cases can differ. Some common behaviors of ASD include the inability to understand the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others, a heightened sensitivity to stimuli and repeated words or actions. 

Because of this, some with ASD find it difficult to understand the nuances and expectations of the modern workplace, making it difficult for them to find and keep a job. Despite their disorder, many can thrive at work. In some cases, they can even perform their duties better than some of their neurotypical co-workers.

Comparing recent immigration in the U.S. and Canada

One way to look at trends in U.S. immigration is to compare the numbers with other developed countries that offer similar opportunities. A recent report just came out comparing the U.S. numbers to our neighbor to the north, Canada.

This report just looked at legal immigration numbers. Between 2016 and 2018, it found that immigration numbers dropped by 7% in the United States. Analysts suggested that the trend will likely continue into 2020 and may even continue once they have compiled the 2019 numbers.

Reasons immigrants come to the United States

Immigrants come to California, and to the United States in general, for a whole host of different reasons. Every case is unique, with many factors to consider, and that's part of the reason that this can be a rather long and complex process.

That said, a general understanding of why people choose to immigrate can illustrate some of the trends and show what paths these immigrants tend to follow.

Start an international business where entry is easy

You already run a successful domestic business. You want to take things to the international level and expand your success. Where should you begin?

You have a lot of things to consider. Market demand is perhaps the primary concern. Try to identify a country where there is an unmet demand that you know your company can meet. Then take the business model that worked in the United States and see if you can adjust it for a successful entry into that location.

Asylum approvals are down

Due to changes to immigration policy and attitude in the last few years, the number of people coming into the United States has declined considerably. Experts believe that the trend may hold, at least through 2020. The reduction could even become more notable than it is now, at the beginning of the new year.

This does mean that illegal immigration is down, which is the focus of many of these policies -- both those that have gone into action and those, like the proposed border wall, that have stalled in the courts. But it's not just illegal immigration. Legal entry numbers have also dropped.

Immigrants have a massive impact on American businesses

Many immigrants come to America looking for a new life. Often, that means a new line of work. Research has demonstrated time and time again that they help companies grow and start many new companies of their own.

For instance, a mere 13% of the total American population is made up of first-generation immigrants -- people who directly came here from another country during their lifetime. However, when you look at the demographics for all of the entrepreneurs in the United States, 27.5% of them are immigrants. This means that immigrants are more likely to start their own businesses than they should be, something that is huge when you consider that small businesses like this are the backbone of the American economy.

Novel plagiarism often includes minor changes

Plagiarism of novels is fairly common, especially in the age of self-publishing. Authors do not have to go through the normal channels. They can simply upload files to Amazon and sell them online. Unfortunately, as much as this has opened doors for a lot of writers, it also means that people sometimes steal intellectual property in an effort to sell it for as long as they can before they get caught.

Sometimes, authors will even lie when caught. For instance, one man passed off work that was essentially another woman's novel as his own. Someone asked him about the similarities, and he said they had collaborated on the project. That was not true. She had no knowledge of what he was doing.

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