Articles Tagged with California employee misclassification lawyer

We hear a lot about jobs and job numbers on the news these days, as it has become a major political talking point.  Whether or not jobs will come back to Americans is up for debate, and both sides of the aisle have a lot to say about the topic.

employment attorney LAHowever, what we do know is that there are a lot of factories shuttered and a lot of jobs being lost, and for the laid-off workers, this is often devastating. According to a recent news article from 89.3 KPCC, California is providing $3 million to help the 600 workers who were laid-off by American Apparel. Continue reading

According to a recent news report from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, more than 200 workers at the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts were present for a major demonstration.  They were carrying picket signs and chanting about management and the rights they are fighting for, but this was not a strike.  While we typically associate picket signs and workers’ rights chants with a strike or even a work slowdown, we are seeing more and more of these demonstrations where workers will express their concerns and then go back to work.

employment attorneyThe concern for these sanitation workers is coming to a boil as talks are ongoing that may affect their paychecks.  The picketing workers included wastewater plant employees, supervisors, IT specialists, and engineers. The rally was the first for this agency, as they have not had many issues involves disgruntled employees in the past. However, these workers do have considerable power should there ever be a strike, as they are responsible for the sanitation needs of nearly 6 million people in nearly 80 cities and unincorporated parts of the county. Continue reading

There has been a lot of news lately about the employment status of ride-sharing drivers for services such as Uber and Lyft.  The issue is whether these workers are employees or independent contractors.  If they are classified as independent contractors, they are not entitled to benefits and overtime pay.  For obvious reasons, the employers want to classify their drivers as independent contractors.

carwash-1514403Another reason that ride sharing companies want these drivers to be classified as independent contractors is because, if they are, then the company does not have to maintain insurance for the drivers and are not liable for any damage caused by the drivers. There have been several cases before the employment commission in Los Angeles where the commission determined that these drivers were employees and not independent contractors.  While this certainly turned a lot of heads in the industry, it did not have any precedential value beyond the instant case. Continue reading

A California employment lawsuit against ride-sharing service Lyft was settled with an interesting compromise. driver

Workers involved in the class-action lawsuit asserted they were in fact employees, entitled to all the legal protections that entails. However, the mobile app argued the drivers were independent contractors, meaning they wouldn’t be entitled to minimum wage, workers’ compensation, overtime and other benefits.

Now, Reuters reports the company has agreed to expand certain worker protections and it’s paying $12.25 million to the drivers who are party to the lawsuit. However, it has not agreed to label the drivers employees. For the business, this eliminates a significant threat to its business model, but it could still leave drivers in a vulnerable place.  Continue reading