Uber and Postmates Sue State of California over Assembly Bill 5

In an effort to protect employees from intentional misclassification as independent contractors, California implemented Assembly Bill 5, effective in 2020. This bill allows independent contractors to file claims under a variety of worker protection laws to secure compensation or compel their employers to reclassify them as employees. Before even taking effect, the bill has backfired. Uber and Postmates, app-based ridesharing...

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Employment Discrimination During the Holidays

While it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees because the of their religious beliefs, our legal team frequently receive calls around this time of the year from clients who want to know if they can sue their employer for their denying their request to take time off for religious holidays, such as Christmas and Hanukkah. While Title VII...

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What Should I Do If I Was Sexually Harassed at the Office Holiday Party?

As the end of the year approaches, workplaces across the country are starting to throw holiday parties. Although holiday parties are supposed to give employees the opportunity to relax and enjoy each other’s company, these celebrations can take an unfortunate turn and might be the scene of a sexual harassment incident, especially when people have consumed too much alcohol. If...

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Court Rules California’s “ABC” Test for Independent Contractors Must Be Applied Retroactively

In May, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers in California must retroactively use the recently-adopted “ABC” test if they are responding to a claim regarding the misclassification of independent contractor status for violations of the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Wage Order. What Is the ABC Test? Last year, in the case of Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v....

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CA Gig Economy Workers Become Employees with New Bill

This month, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a labor law that will change lives across the state. The new bill, AB5 will stop employee misclassification, primarily within rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft. According to the LA Times, businesses will no longer be able to classify their workers as independent contractors to avoid paying them minimum wage, offering them sick...

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Common Restaurant Injuries

Although most people wouldn’t imagine food service as a dangerous job, the kitchen and dining room can be hazardous places to work. In reality, 1 out of every 20 on-the-job injuries and illnesses happens at an institution that serves food or drink. Read on to learn about the 4 most common injuries in the restaurant environment – and some tips...

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Workers’ Compensation for Mental Health Disorders

It’s not unusual for a mental health condition to be brought on by the work environment. There is a growing pressure to work long hours, link your phone to work email accounts, and participate in extracurricular activities with the companies. People often neglect their health and wellbeing in favor of being a good employee, believing that this everything that’s expected...

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