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Google is finally ending forced arbitration for its employees. These changes will go into effect for both current and future Google employees on March 21. While Google won’t reopen settled claims,…
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Google is finally ending forced arbitration for its employees. These changes will go into effect for both current and future Google employees on March 21.
While Google won’t reopen settled claims, current employees can litigate past claims starting March 21.
For the contractors Google works with directly, it will remove mandatory arbitration from their contracts. The caveat, however, is that it won’t require outside firms that employ contractors to do the same. Still, Google says it will notify suppliers so that they can see if that approach would work for them.
This is a direct response to a group of outspoken Google employees protesting the company’s arbitration practices. Last month, a group of Google employees took to Twitter and Instagram in an attempt to educate the public about forced arbitration. That came about one month after this same group of 35 employees banded together to demand Google end forced arbitration as it relates to any case of discrimination. The group also called on other tech workers to join them.
Forced arbitration ensures workplace disputes are settled behind closed doors and without any right to an appeal. These types of agreements effectively prevent employees from suing companies.
Following the massive, 20,000-person walkout at Google in November, Google got rid of forced arbitration for sexual harassment and sexual assault claims, offering more transparency around those investigations and more. Airbnb, eBay and Facebook quickly followed suit. Despite some progress across the industry, the end of forced arbitration across all workplace disputes is not widespread.
Since getting rid of forced arbitration for cases relating to sexual harassment and assault, Google said it has been exploring the issue and ultimately decided on implementing a blanket change.
Google contract workers demand better pay and benefits
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Exercise physiologists agree: muscle memory is real. But how are these 'memories' stored? A review has a simple answer: nuclei gained during training persist even when muscle cells shrink due to…
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The old adage "use it or lose it" tells us: if you stop using your muscles, theyʼll shrink. Until recently, scientists thought this meant that nuclei -- the cell control centers that build and maintain muscle fibers -- are also lost to sloth.
But according to a review published in Frontiers in Physiology, modern lab techniques now allow us to see that nuclei gained during training persist even when muscle cells shrink due to disuse or start to break down. These residual ʼmyonucleiʼ allow more and faster growth when muscles are retrained -- suggesting that we can "bank" muscle growth potential in our teens to prevent frailty in old age. It also suggests that athletes who cheat and grow their muscles with steroids may go undetected.
Our biggest cells are in our muscles, and theyʼre all fused together
Syncytium. Sounds like a neo-noir comic book series. Itʼs actually a special type of tissue in your body, where cells are fused together extra close -- so close, that they behave a like a giant single cell.
"Heart, bone and even placenta are built on these networks of cells," says Lawrence Schwartz, Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts. "But by far our biggest cells -- and biggest syncytia -- are our muscles." Like the Sin City series, it appeared at first that everything was black and white with syncytia.
"Muscle growth is accompanied by the addition of new nuclei from stem cells to help meet the enhanced synthetic demands of larger muscle cells," explains Schwartz. "This led to the assumption that a given nucleus controls a defined volume of cytoplasm -- so that when a muscle shrinks or ʼatrophiesʼ due to disuse or disease, the number of myonuclei decreases."
A muscle can gain nuclei, but never loses them
This assumption long seemed valid, with many researchers reporting the presence of disintegrating nuclei in muscle tissue during atrophy induced by inactivity, injury or paralysis. But modern cell-type-specific dyes and genetic markers have shown that the dying nuclei other researchers had detected were in fact inflammatory and other cells recruited to atrophic muscle.
The new evidence paints a very different picture of muscle syncytium.
"Two independent studies -- one in rodents and the other in insects -- have demonstrated that nuclei are not lost from atrophying muscle fibers, and even remain after muscle death has been initiated."
This suggest that once a nucleus has been acquired by a muscle fiber, it belongs to the muscle syncytium -- probably for life. But Schwartz, for one, is unsurprised by the new findings.
"Muscles get damaged during extreme exercise, and often have to weather changes in food availability and other environmental factors that lead to atrophy. They wouldnʼt last very long giving up their nuclei in response to every one of these insults."
"Use it or lose it -- until you use it again"
Since myonuclei are the synthetic engine of muscle fibers, retaining them should enable muscle size and strength to recover more quickly after one of these insults, and help to explain the phenomenon of ʼmuscle memoryʼ.
"It is well documented in the field of exercise physiology that it is far easier to reacquire a certain level of muscle fitness through exercise than it was to achieve it the first place, even if there has been a long intervening period of detraining. In other word, the phrase "use it or lose it" is might be more accurately articulated as ʼuse it or lose it, until you work at it againʼ."
As such, the findings have important implications beyond understanding muscle biology.
"Informing public health policy, the discovery that myonuclei are retained indefinitely emphasizes the importance of exercise in early life. During adolescence muscle growth is enhanced by hormones, nutrition and a robust pool of stem cells, making it an ideal period for individuals to "bank" myonuclei that could be drawn upon to remain active in old age."
The findings also support frequent drugs testing for competitive athletes, with permanent bans for proven steroid cheats since they will benefit from the steroids long after their use has ended.
"Anabolic steroids produce a permanent increase in usersʼ capacity for muscle development. In keeping with this, studies show that mice given testosterone acquire new myonuclei that persist long after the steroid use ends."
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