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U.S. Department of Labor Seeks to Clarify Gig Worker Status
by George H. Pike
There have been multiple legal tests in various legal contexts to determine whether a particular worker is an employer or a contractor, some of which date back to the 1940s. In late September, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed new regulations to clarify and simplify the test, boiling it down to two primary considerations: the nature and degree of the worker's control of the work and the worker's opportunity for profit or loss based on initiative and investment.

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Law Library of Congress Will Preserve Federal Register and Congressional Record
The Law Library of Congress is becoming a Preservation Steward for the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). This allows the Law Library of Congress to preserve the Congressional Record and the Federal Register, which GPO produces.
Exact Editions Adds Idler Magazine
Idler, a lifestyle magazine, is now available on the Exact Editions platform for institutional and individual subscription.
Yewno Discover Integrates With Ex Libris Primo
Yewno integrated its Yewno Discover platform into Ex Libris' Primo discovery service, helping libraries create more exploration paths for patrons.
COVID-19 NEWS: 'Textbooks in Short Supply Amid COVID Quarantines'
Lindsay McKenzie writes the following for Inside Higher Ed: "For students who cannot afford their own textbooks and rely on the library to complete homework assignments and pass their exams, this [textbook] delay is creating an untenable situation."
COVID-19 NEWS: 'How Bookstores Are Weathering the Pandemic'
Bryce Covert writes the following for Vox: "[I]ndependent bookstores across the country face an uncertain and undoubtedly difficult future: Government assistance has dried up, foot traffic is still low, and the virus is again threatening to bring everything to a screeching halt. Independent bookstore owners dug deep into their wells of creativity and passion and found ways to transform their businesses to cope with Covid-19."

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A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 6
by Justin Hoenke
Justin Hoenke, team leader of libraries and community spaces for the Wellington City Libraries in New Zealand, has been talking to all types of library staffers for A Day in the Life, his column inĀ Information Today. Among other things, he asks them about their typical days, moments that made them proud, their current projects, and how they balance their library work with the rest of their lives. Here's a look at his columns from May/June 2020 to November/December 2020.

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