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Uber Driver Is Employee, according to California Labor Laws

San Francisco, CA Companies like Uber have been called part of the on-demand or shared economy with entrepreneurial spirit and part of the new world order. But the California labor laws regarding misclassification could put the breaks on those monikers.

August 4, 2015

Will Paid Sick Leave Spur California Labor Lawsuits?

Sacramento, CA Under the California labor law about 6.5 million Californians are - for the first time ever - entitled to paid sick leave. The Paid Sick Leave Law became effective July 1, 2015 and already some legal experts predict that lawsuits will follow.

July 27, 2015

California Labor Paid Sick Leave Laws Clarified, Still Complicated

Sacramento, CA While recent changes in California labor law relating to sick pay and paid time off for illness were designed as a help and support for California workers, implementing and maintaining those changes has served as a bit of a headache for employers.

July 20, 2015

Uber Responds to California Labor Lawsuit with Motion

San Francisco, CA In response to a California labor lawsuit alleging Uber drivers are misclassified as independent contractors, Uber’s lawyers have argued that the California lawsuit shouldn’t be given class-action status because the drivers have little in common. Recently, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office found Uber drivers are employees, not contractors.

July 17, 2015

California Labor Law Ruling for Uber Has Implications for “Sharing Economy”

San Francisco, CA In what is likely a decision that has far-reaching implications, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office has ruled that Uber violated the California labor law by classifying its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.

June 29, 2015

Wipro, Uber Face Wage and Hour Lawsuits

Los Angeles, CA Two major California labor lawsuits are working their way through the court system, and could potentially have an impact on how California employees are classified by their employers. Among serious complaints against California employers are California labor complaints that employers purposely misclassify their workers as independent contractors, to avoid following wage and hour laws.

June 22, 2015

Drivers File California Labor Lawsuit against Lyft

Los Angeles, CA Another California labor lawsuit has been filed against Lyft, this one accusing the company of breach of contract. The California labor claim alleges Lyft defrauded new drivers by failing to pay them a promised bonus for signing up with the company. An earlier California labor lawsuit has already been filed against Lyft alleging its drivers are classified as independent contractors when in fact they are employees.

June 8, 2015

Respecting Caitlin Jenner and Her Community Under the Law

Sacramento, CA Our introduction this past week to Caitlin Jenner, as sensational as it may have been played out in the media, reminds us that with the modern realities of tolerance and equality, transgendering is anything but sensational and is increasingly accepted carte blanche as an aspect of the new normal. As a result, lawmakers have been grappling with updates of definitions and approaches to traditional bastions such as public and workplace washrooms.

June 6, 2015

California Truckers Just Want to Be Paid

Compton, CA Eight months after two California truck drivers were handed a favorable finding from the Office of the California Labor Commissioner, a class-action lawsuit has been launched against a private freight hauler based in Carson accused of incorrectly classifying its drivers as independent contractors. The California labor lawsuit seeks to represent anyone who may have hauled freight for the defendant over the previous four years.

May 25, 2015

California Labor Law: Yard Hostlers Not Getting Proper Breaks

Lancaster, CA Yard hostling might be an area of employment that people are not familiar with, but that doesn’t mean that yard hostlers don’t deserve proper meal and rest breaks. Unfortunately, some companies that employ yard hostlers are accused of not properly scheduling or providing meal and rest breaks because they are more concerned with boosting their profits. One lawsuit alleging California labor violations has already been filed, says Kitty Szeto, attorney at R. Rex Parris Law Firm, and more could certainly follow.

April 27, 2015
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