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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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Court Permanently Halts California Ban on Mandatory Arbitration

Court Permanently Halts California Ban on Mandatory Arbitration February 3, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Sacramento, CA On January 31, the District Court for the Eastern District of California permanently enjoined enforcement of AB 51, a provision of California labor law that would have banned mandatory arbitration clauses in employment agreements on and after January 1, 2020.
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Ninth Circuit Affirms $54.6 Wage Award for Walmart Truckers

Ninth Circuit Affirms $54.6 Wage Award for Walmart Truckers January 21, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA On January 6, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a $54.6 million jury award for Wal-mart's truck drivers under the provisions of California labor law. Wal-mart had challenged the 2016 District Court decision in Ridgeway v. Walmart, Inc. on a variety of grounds, including lack of jurisdiction, the certification of a class of similarly situated plaintiffs and the applicability of the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994.
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California Employment Laws include Wage & Hour and Misclassification Updates

California Employment Laws include Wage & Hour and Misclassification Updates January 13, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA Many new California employment and labor laws went into effect this January 1, 2020. If you are a California  employer, employee or independent contractor, it’s a good idea to review these new laws that have been passed as they might impact you.  
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Disneyland Workers file a lawsuit alleging they aren’t paid Minimum Wage

Disneyland Workers file a lawsuit alleging they aren’t paid Minimum Wage January 7, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Anaheim, CA All Disney employees are entitled to minimum wage, from bellhop to barista, Mickie and Minnie. But five current and former workers claim that the entertainment behemoth has violated the California labor law by failing to pay its workers minimum wage, failing to pay overtime and all wages owed at termination.
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California Uber Drivers Survive Motion to Dismiss, Lose Preliminary Injunction

California Uber Drivers Survive Motion to Dismiss, Lose Preliminary Injunction January 2, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA On December 16, Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California denied Uber’s Motion to Dismiss a class action California labor lawsuit that claims Uber drivers were misclassified as independent contractors under standards set out in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court. However, in Colopy v. Uber Techs Inc., Judge Chen also denied the drivers’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction. The injunction would have required the ride-hailing giant to begin to treat drivers as employees immediately.
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