US offers to exempt employees and contractors from TikTok executive order

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The US has offered to exclude from President Trump’s executive order transactions that involve TikTok workers and contractors performing”their regular job duties and responsibilities,” according to a court document filed late on Monday, granting a reprieve from his sell-or-die requirement.

President Trump’s 11th of August order banned ByteDance from working in the US from the 20th of September if it doesn’t sell the viral app before then. The directive has been contested by the company in court even as it scrambles to finalise a partnership with software firm Oracle Corp that will satisfy the requirement.

Separately, a worker of TikTok, Patrick Ryan, has resisted the authorities in California, saying the purchase was unconstitutional and that it unfairly stripped TikTok employees of their wages.

Ryan’s petition for a restraining order against the Trump government was due to be argued on Tuesday, however in a letter delivered Monday evening a lawyer for the Department of Justice offered to own Department of Commerce officials never translate Trump’s executive order “in a manner which would prohibit the payment of wages and/or salaries to Plaintiff or any other employee or contractor of TikTok.”

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The Commerce department was given 45 days to specify that transactions would be obstructed by the purchase.

Ryan’s lawyers said they had dropped their bid for restraining order but that the litigation would last.

“We are confident that the remaining issues in this case also will be litigated fully to a successful conclusion, which will be the striking of the Executive Order as an unconstitutional overreach by this US President,” said John D. Lovi, Ryan’s attorney at the New York-based Blackstone Law Group.

The Department of Justice, the Department of Commerce did not immediately return messages seeking comment. TikTok declined to comment.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Raphael Satter. Editing by Nick Zieminski.

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