Xavier Becerra

Regional News • Americas • United States
Biden introduces health team that will lead Covid-19 response
Biden introduces health team that will lead Covid-19 response
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President-elect Joe Biden has introduced his health team alongside his three Covid-19 priorities for his first 100 days in office: urging Americans to wear masks, committing to administer 100 million Covid-19 vaccines and reopening a majority of schools by the end of that timeframe – a plan that was developed with Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Biden has nominated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Health and Human Services Department and, if elected, would be the first Latino to serve as the head of the department and Dr Vivek Murthy as surgeon general. Jeff Zients, a veteran of the Obama administration, will be the White House coordinator of the Covid-19 response.

Alongside Fauci, the other medical doctors selected are infectious-disease specialist Rochelle Walensky to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Yale epidemiologist Marcella Nunez-Smith to head a working group to ensure fair and equitable distribution of vaccines and treatments.

Business • Economy
California sues Uber, Lyft alleging they misclassified workers as contractors
Uber app on a mobile phone
Uber app on a mobile phone Credit: Charles Deluvio (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with city attorneys from Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, filed a lawsuit asserting Uber and Lyft misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state's new labor law.

According to the lawsuit, both companies gained an unfair and unlawful competitive advantage by claiming their workers were contractors.

Techcrunch reports the lawsuit, filed in the Superior Court of San Francisco, seeks $2,500 in penalties for each violation, possibly per driver, under the California Unfair Competition Law, and another $2,500 for violations against senior citizens or people with disabilities.