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Archive for August, 2020

BACK FROM THE BRINK – FOR NOW

Uber and Lyft’s Last-Minute Reprieve From Order to Convert Drivers to Employees As a San Francisco judge had directed that Uber and Lyft convert their drivers to employees by August 21, 2020,  the rideshare giants were ready to shut down their California operations  unless the Court of Appeal put that order on hold.  See, Traffic […]

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OVER THE HORIZON

Broader “Worker-Friendlier” COVID Leave Criteria? The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), effective April 1 to December 31, 2020,  requires most businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide: ● two weeks emergency paid sick leave benefits for employees who cannot work or telework for any one of six COVID-19 related reasons; and ● up to 12 weeks […]

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FOR THE RECORD

Sound Management Practices For Personnel Documentation As California supplies no specific definition for required personnel records, it falls to company management to judge what constitutes adequate documentation that reliably reflects each employee’s work history with the company. Labor Code section 1198.5 addresses employees’ rights to access their “personnel records” without defining the term. The Labor […]

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TRAFFIC SLAMMING

New Fronts on California’s War Against Uber and Lyft Uber and Lyft have successfully battled suits seeking to prevent the companies from classifying their drivers as independent contractors, until now. On August 10 – in a misclassification action pending in San Francisco – the court issued a preliminary injunction requiring Uber and Lyft to convert […]

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ONE BIG SCRAPPY FAMILY

California’s Coronavirus Response Statewide and Local August 7, 2020 The saga continues. After a month or more of eased restrictions, California’s “Statewide Public Health Officer Order”  (July 13, 2020) required all counties to close indoor operations for • dine-in restaurants, • wineries and tasting rooms, • movie theaters, • family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, […]

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WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION IN A PANDEMIC

California’s Updated COVID-19 FAQs Call for Careful Decision Making California employers must follow COVID-19 health and safety guidances including those from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). Employers with five or more on payroll must also avoid violating […]

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FOURTH AND LONG

California’s Employer Playbook For a Safe Reopening After four months of various degrees of “stay home,” “safer at home,” and “shelter in place,” California offers its Covid-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening (July 24, 2020), an attempted comprehensive “guidance” for limiting workplace infection as the pandemic wears on. “Guidance” suggests recommendations, not the direct force […]

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Cautionary Tales Episode 36: IS GIG UP FOR CAR WASH COMPANY?

First AB 5 Suit Challenging Independent Contractor Classification The California Labor Commissioner has filed her “AB 5” first lawsuit — against Mobile Wash, Inc. of Bellflower, CA — for misclassifying more than 100 mobile car washers as independent contractors under the state’s “ABC” test. See, The Mystery of it All – Employed or Independent? California Offers […]

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