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California Court Holds that Truck Drivers Are Exempt from New Gig Economy Law

Posted on: January 27, 2020

Judge holds that the law violates federal trucking regulations. In 2019, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) was enacted in California. This law codifies the “ABC Test,” which is used to determine if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. This distinction is incredibly important because if a worker is an employee, they are entitled […] read more →


California Court Rules That Disability Discrimination Doesn’t Have to Be Intentional

Posted on: January 21, 2020

Even if a company does not purposefully discriminate, it may be liable for disability discrimination. If you have experienced any type of discrimination at work, it probably doesn’t matter much to you if the discrimination was intentional. After all, you are still being discriminated against — so you don’t care if your employer or coworker […] read more →


Judge Temporarily Blocks Ban on Forced Arbitration in California

Posted on: January 16, 2020

Court rules that employers would face hardship in making employment contracts if the law takes effect and is later overturned. In 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law that had been vetoed twice by previous Governor Jerry Brown. This law had a goal of making employment contracts more equitable, particularly for employees, by banning provisions […] read more →


What Is the Interactive Process for California Employment Issues?

Posted on: January 11, 2020

Employers must engage in this process to determine a reasonable accommodation. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), employers are legally obligated to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. The question of what type of accommodations are “reasonable” can be challenging. This determination is made […] read more →


Uber Seeks to Circumvent New Gig Economy Rule By Allowing Drivers to Set Their Own Prices

Posted on: January 7, 2020

The strategy seeks to undermine the California law regarding worker classification. In 2019, California passed a law that was designed to protect workers from unscrupulous employers. The law, AB5, codified a California Supreme Court decision that established a three-part test for determining if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The distinction is […] read more →


What Happens in a Workers’ Comp IME?

Posted on: January 3, 2020

You may be required to undergo an evaluation as part of your workers’ compensation case. In California, workplace injuries and illnesses are handles through the workers’ compensation system. In California, all employers are required to carry workers’ comps insurance. If an employee is injured or becomes ill because of something related to their job, they […] read more →


What Happens at the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board?

Posted on: December 27, 2019

The Board hears petitions for reconsideration in workers’ comp cases. If you are involved in a California workers’ compensation case, you may find yourself confused by the process. This is particularly true if some aspect of your claim is disputed. What happens if your case goes to trial, and you disagree with the outcome? This […] read more →


Changes to California Workers’ Compensation in 2020

Posted on: December 23, 2019

Benefit increases, worker classification changes, and more are coming in 2020 In California, employees who are injured or who develop an illness while on the job may be entitled to through the workers’ compensation system. Workers’ comp is a form of insurance that provides certain benefits — such as income replacement and medical expenses — […] read more →


Can You Lose Your SSDI Benefits Once They Have Been Awarded?

Posted on: December 17, 2019

There are multiple ways that you may lose your disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two types of disability benefits for individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is intended for people with disabilities who meet certain income thresholds. In contrast, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) […] read more →


California Businesses Sue Over New Arbitration Law

Posted on: December 13, 2019

The law prohibiting mandatory arbitration goes into effect in January. When a person is looking for a new job, they are usually not in a strong position in terms of bargaining power. If an employer offers them a job, but requires them to sign a harsh contract as a condition of employment, they may feel […] read more →


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