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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 Cheerleaders Cheering Minimum Wage Legislation

Oakland, CA Following California labor lawsuits and lawsuits across the US alleging cheerleaders are denied minimum wage, proposed legislation has been forwarded to guarantee California cheerleaders are paid minimum wage, overtime and sick leave. The legislation was written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and sent to the governor in early July.

July 6, 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

Los Angeles Hotels Crying Foul Over Raise in Minimum Wage

Los Angeles, CA It may not apply to the entire state, but jurisdiction notwithstanding, a wage law passed by Los Angeles City Council last year with the view to increasing compensation for City of Los Angeles hotel workers has the hotel industry up in arms. A California labor lawsuit dealing with the issue continues to wind through the courts. At issue, according to the hotel industry, is the applicability of the law when compared with the federal National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (NLRA), and whether or not the Act preempts the city wage ordinance.

June 15, 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

Donning and Doffing and Getting Around the California Labor Law

Tracy, CA The judge presiding over a recent California labor lawsuit against Taylor Farms certified the class but only in part. Certification of donning and doffing was denied, contrary to the California labor code.

June 1, 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
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