Articles Tagged with Orange County attorney for workers

On demand employees, also know as “gig workers,” may be able to enter in a collective bargaining agreement, according to a recent news feature from the Los Angeles Times.

typingThese gig workers – so named after musicians’ use of the term “gig,” referring to a scheduled performance – include Lyft and Uber drivers, who operate like on-demand taxi drivers. They’ve been having a lot of trouble based upon the fact that their employer wants to consider them independent contractors entitled to a lot less than statutory employees, because it is a more cost effective model for the company.   It should be noted the California Labor Commission has twice ruled that these drivers are employers and not employees and are entitled to things such as workers’ compensation.   Continue reading

In two of the most critical agricultural counties in California, farm workers banded together with other low-wage workers in the food industry, demanding a “Bill of Rights” that would ensure higher wages and improved treatment.farm

The workers characterized the bill as a “rule of law” for these workers, who work extremely long hours for little money and are at very high risk of injuries and abuse. The bill is primarily aimed at addressing the struggles of workers in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, just north of Los Angeles.

Most of these problems stem from the fact that nearly half of these workers are undocumented immigrants, which means they live in constant fear they will be reported and returned home, where they may face not just crushing poverty but constant danger. So when they suffer abuse at work, they are more likely to do so silently. Continue reading