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California Reopens in a Week, Cal/OSHA Gives Recommendations, Vax for Win Program Awards 15 People
June 10, 2021
On June 15, a new normal will be the case for the state of California. ... read more »
New Incentive Program Aims to Increase Vaccinations
June 3, 2021
Governor Newsom hopes to have Californians fully vaccinated before the reopening on June 15. ... read more »
California Prepares to Fully Reopen with No Restrictions
May 27, 2021
On June 15, the state will fully open with no restrictions but vaccinations are still low among young adults. ... read more »
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Calif’s AB 5 Contractor Law Could Soon Become National Standard
February 25, 2021
If passed, the PRO Act would implement the ABC test -- the California Supreme Court standard for classifying a worker as a contractor – in all 50 states. ... read more »
“Bait and Switch”: Firings Make Some Drivers Regret Yes Vote on Prop 22
January 28, 2021
The proposition passed with 59 % of the vote. It exempted Uber and Lyft drivers -- as well as others who work for other delivery and ride-hail companies – from the state’s controversial employee classification law AB 5. Under that law, which took effect in January 2020, most companies in the state had to switch contractors working for them from freelancers to full-time W-2 employees. ... read more »
Judge Denies Uber and Lyft Appeal; Companies’ Last Chance on Prop 22 Falls to Voters
October 29, 2020
The legal push-and-pull over whether ride-hailing company drivers in California will maintain their status as independent contractors or become W-2 employees continued last week.  On Oct. 22, the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco upheld the injunction issued against Uber and Lyft last August that those companies’ app-based drivers are employees.  ... read more »
Groups for and Against Prop 22 Aim Their Messages to Black Voters as Election Day Nears
September 24, 2020
With less than two months left before Election Day, campaigns both defending and opposing Proposition 22 — the ballot initiative that aims to keep gig company drivers classified as independent contractors — are revving up their efforts to reach out to Black voters. ... read more »
Black Riders Matter
August 27, 2020
A court in California just issued a temporary “stay” on restricting rideshare operations in the state over the independent contractor issue. The court ruling should be made permanent while civil rights and business leaders work together to undo the unjust and unfair rideshare regulations that may negatively impact millions of people throughout America. ... read more »
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Court Rules in Favor of California: Uber and Lyft Drivers are Employees
August 13, 2020
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ruled in favor of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s argument that Uber and Lyft are violating AB 5, which says workers can only be considered independent contractors if they perform duties outside the usual course of a company’s business. ... read more »
Fight for Uber and Lyft Drivers to Remain Their Own Bosses Heats Up as November Vote Approaches
August 6, 2020
As the general election in November gets closer, rideshare and app-based delivery drivers are rounding up support to defeat a ballot initiative that will decide the fate of app-based work in California.   ... read more »
Labor Lawsuits, New Legislation Attempt to Push Back on New AB 5 Rules
February 6, 2020
A growing chorus of voices across California — from affected Uber and Lyft drivers and newspaper delivery truck operators to freelance writers, photographers, musicians and other artists – are all rising up to oppose Assembly Bill 5.   ... read more »
New California Law Makes It Harder to Treat Employees as Freelancers
January 3, 2020
A new California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors goes into effect Jan. 1, making small businesses in and outside the state consider how they staff their operations. ... read more »
LAX-it Pickup Lot at Airport Set to Expand
November 8, 2019
The much-debated LAX-it pickup lot for taxis and ride-hailing services at Los Angeles International Airport got 50 percent bigger today in an effort to alleviate complaints about extended wait times, particularly during peak hours. ... read more »
LAX-it to Debut for Airport Ride-Hailing, Taxi Services
November 1, 2019
This week, passengers arriving at Los Angeles International Airport won't be able to jump in a taxi or a ride- hailing vehicle in the terminal area. ... read more »
Council President Wesson Moves To Establish $30 Minimum Wage for Rideshare Drivers
October 17, 2019
City Council President Herb Wesson has moved to raise the minimum wages of rideshare drivers to $30 per hour in the City of Los Angeles, a significant policy proposal that would economically empower thousands of the City’s rideshare workers who have seen their earnings steadily decrease over the last several years. ... read more »
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