Afternoon Coffee: UK Prime Minister Survives No-Confidence Vote over Brexit; Take a Peek into Google’s 2-Tiered Workforce

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote from members of Parliament, with the results just announced about 3 p.m. Wednesday Central time, according to the Associated Press. Discord over a Brexit deal with the European Union sparked the no-confidence call from her own party. A Tuesday vote on the Brexit deal was delayed for lack of support, and even though May will continue to be prime minister, the prospects for her Brexit deal remain uncertain.

‘Working with TVCs and Googlers is different’

Whether you call it the gig economy, freelancer marketplace or independent contract workers (ICW), the blended workforces of today require many companies to decide how to manage their contract workers and their full-time employees.

At Google, the two-tiered system has led to some hard feelings and labor concerns — issues that The Guardian examines in a story written after getting an internal Google document on how to treat TVCs: the temps, vendors and contractors. The Guardian reports that about 170,000 people work for Google worldwide, with about half being TVCs.

“Working with TVCs and Googlers is different,” the training documentation, “The ABCs of TVCs,” explains. “Our policies exist because TVC working arrangements can carry significant risks.”

The Plastic Bottle Crisis

Bottled water has topped the giant soda market, but being at the top has put more focus on plastic bottles of all kinds, The Wall Street Journal reports in a story that looks at the crisis to replace plastic or at least make it easier to recycle. “Existing recycling technology needs clean, clear plastic to make new water bottles, and bottled-water companies say low recycling rates and a lack of infrastructure have stymied supply,” The Journal reports.

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