Not So Fast, Uber.
In November 2020, California voters were duped into believing that Uber drivers and other gig workers needed the “freedom” to work as independent contractors. (more…)
California’s Workers’ Compensation System: Achieving Social Justice?
While insurance company lobbyists and think tanks spend their days getting laws changed in Sacramento so they can extract more profit from the workers’ compensation system, workers are falling into poverty after a work injury. (more…)
The Grand Bargain Faces Another Wrecking Ball
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The “Grand Bargain” between employers and employees struck over 100 years ago in California was simple – employers could not be sued for injuries on the job in exchange for a “no-fault” workers compensation system with limited benefits and access to quality medical treatment. (more…)
Ignoring The Law : Nursing Homes Not Reporting Employee Deaths
The pandemic has exposed the fact that some people just can’t seem to follow the law. Like the drivers doing 100 MPH on the freeway endangering everyone else. (more…)
Despite Legal Protections For Workers, Insurance Companies Still Deny COVID-19 Claims
Some States have attempted to protect certain classes of workers when they are infected with COVID-19 by passing new laws. Nevertheless, huge insurance companies still have found ways to deny the help injured workers desperately need. (more…)
Hero Pay Retaliation: Punishing Workers and Customers?
Corporate greed and retaliation aren’t new – but it is especially disgusting when it rears its ugly head in the midst of a pandemic while its workers are risking their health and lives to get the job done. (more…)
Southern California Drywall Contractor Fined Nearly $2M For Wage Theft Violations
Fullerton Pacific Interiors Inc., a Southern California drywall contractor, is reportedly facing civil penalties and wage theft citations of nearly $2 million, affecting 472 laborers who worked on 26 construction projects from August 2014 to June 2016. (more…)
Attorney General Becerra Sues Amazon Over COVID-19 Safety Investigation
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed a lawsuit in the Sacramento County Superior Court asking the court to “order the e-commerce giant to comply with outstanding investigative subpoenas from the California Department of Justice,” reported Cal Matters. (more…)
Employers Challenge To California’s COVID-19 Protections is (Very) Short-sighted
According to an article published by EHS Today, numerous employer groups are attacking the State of California over important COVID-19 emergency standards issued by the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). (more…)
The Truth About California Employers’ COVID-19 Reporting Requirements
Senate Bill 1159 by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), which took effect immediately after it was signed into law on September 17 by Gov. Gavin Newsom, requires employers to retrospectively report positive employee COVID-19 tests that occurred between July 6 and September 17 by October 29. In addition, the law requires employers to report positive employee COVID-19 tests within three business days beginning on September 18 and going forward. (more…)