Salesforce Will Help Employees Worried About Abortion Access Exit Texas

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Is abortion illegal in Texas?

In 2019, Texas had some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. In mid-May 2019, because of judicial rulings, abortion was effectively banned after week 22. On June 7, 2019, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed new abortion legislation that was set to go into effect on September 1. wikipedia.orgAbortion in Texas

Salesforce said it will help relocate employees and their families who want to leave Texas after a restrictive abortion law took effect

Yahoo! Voices 12 September, 2021 - 02:30am

Salesforce said it would help employees relocate if they had concerns about access to reproductive healthcare.

Other companies have spoken out or offered assistance as a result of the law.

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Salesforce is offering assistance to its employees after a restrictive abortion law took effect in Texas last week.

In a Friday slack message obtained by CNBC, the cloud computing company said it would assist any employees and their families who are looking to relocate over their state's reproductive laws.

"These are incredibly personal issues that directly impact many of us - especially women," the message said, without taking a stance on the law. "We recognize and respect that we all have deeply held and different perspectives. As a company, we stand with all of our women at Salesforce and everywhere."

"With that being said, if you have concerns about access to reproductive healthcare in your state, Salesforce will help relocate you and members of your immediate family," it continued.

According to its website, Salesforce has offices in many US cities, including one in Dallas.

The Texas law, which was signed in May, went into effect on September 1 after the US Supreme Court declined to block it. The law bans all abortions in the state after six weeks of pregnancy, and does not allow for exemptions in cases of rape or incest.

It also invites private citizens to enforce the ban by allowing them to sue an abortion provider or anyone who helps someone obtain an abortion. The citizens would then be rewarded for successful lawsuits.

Other companies have spoken out against the law or offered up assistance to people impacted.

Uber and Lyft have both offered to pay the legal fees of drivers who get sued under the law for transporting someone to get an abortion.

The company behind the dating app Bumble said it started a relief fund for women in Texas who are seeking abortions.

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Billionaire Marc Benioff Offers to Move Workers Over Texas Abortion Law

The Daily Beast 12 September, 2021 - 02:30am

CNBC reports that the Slack message did not take a stance on the law that bars abortions after six weeks gestation and allows citizens to file lawsuits against those who help women end later pregnancies. “These are incredibly personal issues that directly impact many of us — especially women,” it said. “We recognize and respect that we all have deeply held and different perspectives. As a company, we stand with all of our women at Salesforce and everywhere.”

Salesforce offers to help staff leave Texas as abortion law takes effect

The Guardian 12 September, 2021 - 02:30am

Say goodbye to Ford's smallest SUV.

After the Fiesta sedan and hatchback were discontinued in the US, Ford launched the EcoSport as a replacement. The EcoSport debuted in 2012 and was originally sold in India, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, South Africa, and parts of Europe, before arriving in America in 2017 to fill the void left by the party hatch. Since it launched in America, the EcoSport has soldiered on but has faced stiff competition from newer rivals like the Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul, and Honda HR-V.

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After Ford's India division suffered losses totaling $2 billion over the last ten years, the Blue Oval automaker's Indian vehicle assembly plant in Sanand will wind down vehicle assembly by Q4 2021. Its plant in Chennai, where the North American Ford EcoSport is built, will stop manufacturing vehicles by the second quarter of 2022.

"As part of our Ford+ plan, we are taking difficult but necessary actions to deliver a sustainably profitable business longer-term and allocate our capital to grow and create value in the right areas," said Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company's president and CEO. "Despite investing significantly in India, Ford has accumulated more than $2 billion of operating losses over the past 10 years and demand for new vehicles has been much weaker than forecast."

Connecticut's governor takes a swipe at Texas abortion ban, urges pro-women businesses to move to the Nutmeg State

Yahoo News 11 September, 2021 - 10:00am

Lamont believes his state is a great place for women to come and work because of access to child care and paid leave.

The video comes after Texas enacted the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation.

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Connecticut governor Ned Lamont bashed Texas' new abortion ban and encouraged business owners in anti-abortion states to move to the New England state.

In a video posted to social media Friday afternoon, Lamont explained why he believed workers, especially women workers, would thrive in his state.

-Governor Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) September 10, 2021

"We're a family-friendly state that respects women," Lamont said. "I know some of you are in states like Texas which are outlawing a woman's right to choose. We have codified, we are protecting a woman's right to choose because that is about respect."

Lamont, using incentives like childcare, public schools with a low coronavirus infection rate, and paid family and medical leave, explained that he believes the "Nutmeg State" is a great place for women to work.

"We don't have oil and natural gas, but we have one of the most productive, best trained, most innovative workforces in the world," Lamont said. "And that starts with the fact that we have more women participating in our workforce than just about anywhere else."

The video comes after a Texas law went into effect that bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant. The law also allows private citizens to sue anyone they suspect is seeking an abortion or anyone who might help a woman obtain one, such as ride-share drivers.

Lamont has actively spoken up against anti-abortion legislation before. In 2019 he also encouraged women-owned businesses from Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri, to move to Connecticut after the states attempted to pass restrictive abortion laws.

-Governor Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) May 20, 2019

So far in 2021, state legislatures have enacted 90 abortion restrictions - a new record since 1973, found the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion group that compiles data on reproductive health, Insider reported.

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