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The part of Brexit everyone’s been avoiding is finally here: immigration | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian
Brexit was never really about immigration.

Or so liberal leavers fall over themselves to claim, at least. They can’t bear the idea of being associated with a racist backlash and so they insist it was really all about sovereignty; that all those inflammatory posters of dark-skinned migrants queuing at European borders and the cynical scaremongering about Turkey didn’t really have any bearing on the result, and that all they really wanted was just a fairer and more open system in which people could come to Britain more easily from Commonwealth countries.

Even Nigel Farage sounded as if butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth on the radio this morning, insisting all he ever wanted was control of our borders and equal opportunities for Indians to come here just as Romanians once did.
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Microsoft GC Tells Its Major Suppliers (Including Outside Firms) to Provide Paid Parental Leave | Corporate Counsel
Dev Stahlkopf, vice president and general counsel for Microsoft Corp., Thursday announced in a blog post that over the next year, the company will require that its major suppliers provide employees who handle Microsoft work with paid parental leave.
A spokesperson for Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft confirmed that the company will include its outside counsel among those suppliers, but declined to answer further questions about the policy.

“We rely on a wide array of other companies to supply us with goods and services that reflect their core competencies, and the people who work for our suppliers also are critical to our success,” Stahlkopf wrote.
Three years ago, Microsoft announced that it would require a variety of suppliers in the United States to provide their employees with paid time off. Thursday’s announcement builds on that policy.

“Over the next 12 months we will work with our U.S. suppliers to implement this new paid parental leave policy,” the GC said.

Here are more details of the policy, according to Stahlkopf’s post:

Microsoft will require suppliers to offer their employees a minimum of 12 weeks paid parental leave, up to $1,000 per week.
The leave is for parents employed by suppliers who take time off for the birth or adoption of a child.
It applies to suppliers with more than 50 employees, and covers employees “who perform substantial work for Microsoft. “
It is a minimum requirement, and is not intended to supplant any state or future federal law that offers more.
The state of Washington passed a paid parental leave law last year that goes into effect in 2020. But the company said it made the decision to apply the requirement more broadly, outside Washington, and not to wait until 2020.
“Microsoft will work with our suppliers to understand the impacts of this change, and we will make these changes in a thoughtful way,” the blog post stated, including discussing a process to address the increased costs such a policy would generate.
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