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Overlooked, Underpaid California Workers Face Dire Coronavirus Risk

Overlooked, Underpaid California Workers Face Dire Coronavirus Risk March 26, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Sacramento, CA On March 19, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians to stay home except for workers essential to health care, public safety, food, agriculture and media. Those who can work remotely may be juggling work and children. Laid off and furloughed workers are looking at reduced paychecks, even with the wage and benefit protections of federal and California labor law. Independent contractors and the self-employed may be looking at even worse circumstances.
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California Labor Law and COVID-19: Top questions asked by California Workers

California Labor Law and COVID-19: Top questions asked by California Workers March 17, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA Putting into place public health measures to deal with COVID-19 also raises a number of California labor law issues. Employers are scrambling to navigate a new workplace, which could mean their employees working from home. And employees are anxious to understand their legal rights. Here are the top FAQ’s asked by employees.
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PricewaterhouseCoopers to Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit for $11.6 Million

PricewaterhouseCoopers to Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit for $11.6 Million March 12, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA On March 3, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) offered to settle a lawsuit brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and California labor law. The lawsuit claims the accounting giant systematically discriminated against job applicants older than 40. The settlement offer includes payment of $11.625 million and a promise to remedy discriminatory hiring practices in the future.
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$2 Million Blue Apron Settlement Tells Two Stories

$2 Million Blue Apron Settlement Tells Two Stories March 9, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Richmond, CA Blue Apron workers have agreed to settle Bailey v. Blue Apron LLC ,their lawsuit over the  company’s practice of requiring workers to submit to security checks before clocking in for work and after clocking out. The time required for the security checks was unpaid and allegedly violated California labor laws requiring payment for all time during which an employee is under the employer’s control. 
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UPS Facing Multiple Employee Lawsuits, Employees Feeling Pressured

UPS Facing Multiple Employee Lawsuits, Employees Feeling Pressured March 7, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Riverside, CA UPS Supply Chain Solutions employees filed a class action lawsuit claiming the company failed to pay overtime wages, failed to pay minimum wages, failed to provide required meal breaks and rest periods and other violations of the California labor law. This lawsuit is currently pending in the Riverside County Superior Court, Case No. RIC2000727.
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Judge to Uber on AB5: That Means You, Too, and Now

Judge to Uber on AB5:  That Means You, Too, and Now February 14, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA On February 10, the District Court for the Central District of California denied a motion for injunction that would halt enforcement of California’s Gig Worker Law against Uber and Postmates while both companies challenge the law’s constitutionality. The decision means that both companies must begin to treat workers as employees in accord with California labor law--and entitled (with few exceptions) to the benefits of California’s prevailing wage laws.
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Discrimination Pervasive Despite California Labor Law

Discrimination Pervasive Despite California Labor Law February 13, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA California has always been at the forefront of protecting individuals from workplace discrimination and employment laws. Despite the California labor law, within some groups, discrimination is pervasive.
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Strippers Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $3.65 Million

Strippers Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $3.65 Million February 10, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Riverside, CA The District Court for the Central District of California has approved a $3.65 million settlement to end a California labor lawsuit that claims The Spearmint Rhino nightclub chain misclassified dancers as independent contractors in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and provisions of California Labor Law. The dancers, who "provided nude, semi-nude, and/or bikini entertainment," at the club’s locations since Oct. 30, 2017, will ultimately net about $2.6 million.
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Follow-up with California Labor Commissioner’s Office after Wage Theft Fines

Follow-up with California Labor Commissioner’s Office after Wage Theft Fines February 5, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Pasadena, CA After an employee at the Chapala Bakery complained about California labor violations, specifically wage theft, a joint investigation with Pasadena officials and the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) followed by several meetings held with Pasadena officials and the bakery business owner, the bakery was fined more than $80,000.
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Uber Steering around AB40

Uber Steering around AB40 February 4, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
San Fransicso In an effort to steer its way around the definition of independent contractor and avoid regulation under Assembly Bill 5 and the California labor law, Uber is re-introducing features it once considered untenable.
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