UPDATE 4-Oscars' Film Academy pledges to diversify membership by 2020

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LOS ANGELES, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, organizer of the Oscar awards, pledged on Friday to double its membership of women and minorities by 2020 through an ambitious affirmative action plan that includes stripping some older members of voting privileges.




UPDATE 2-Browning-Ferris appeals U.S. ruling on 'joint employment'

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Jan 22 (Reuters) – A California waste management company has launched a legal challenge to a new U.S. labor board standard for “joint employment” that could make it easier for unions and regulators to hold companies accountable for the practices of staffing agencies, contractors and franchisees with which they partner.