Uber and Lyft sued for 'unpaid wages' by California Labor Commissioner over driver classification
California opened a new front in its battle against Uber and Lyft over their classification of drivers as contractors instead of employees, with the state’s labor commissioner on Wednesday filing suit against the two companies.The San Francisco ride-hailing firms decided from the start of their operations to “misclassify” their drivers “as a means of unlawfully depriving these workers of a host of statutory protections applicable to employees, in direct contravention of California law,” according to the separate but nearly identical lawsuits filed in state court in Alameda County claimed.Wedne...
The Mercury News
Working from home is not working: I traded a car payment for an office lease — and I have no regrets
SAN DIEGO — I did something last week that was financially unwise in this COVID-shaken world. I signed a lease for an office.I am neither an entrepreneur nor an independent freelancer. I’m a full-time reporter here at the San Diego Union-Tribune, and my salary is modest enough that I’ve never entertained leasing anything other than a small apartment. I don’t even like paying extra for guacamole.Now, I’m committed to paying several hundred dollars per month. My conscience tells me it’s money I should put toward student loans, retirement or savings for my growing family. Instead, I bought access...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
GM to restore full pay for 69,000 workers — but CEO to keep salary cut
DETROIT — In a show of confidence for the future despite the coronavirus pandemic, General Motors said it will restore full pay to its 69,000 salaried employees around the world sooner than the company had expected.But CEO Mary Barra and other top senior leaders will continue to take pay deferrals, for Barra that means a 10% reduction and 5% reduction for senior officers.In a document obtained by the Free Press, GM told its white collar workforce late Tuesday that the 20% salary deferral in early April will end on August 1, about a month sooner than planned.“We are restoring pay earlier than p...
Detroit Free Press
Mark Harris won't face state charges in N.C. 9th District ballot fraud case
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former congressional candidate Mark Harris will not face state criminal charges in the ballot-fraud case that led to a redo of NorthCarolina’s 9th District general election in 2018, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Wednesday.“Following more than a year of investigation by multiple State and Federal agencies into the involvement of former Congressional candidate Mark Harris and the Harris Campaign into the absentee ballot operations in Bladen County during the 2018 General Election, our office has concluded that there is not evidence which would support a crim...
The Charlotte Observer
Websites used woman's image to illustrate online stories about workplace harassment. Now she's suing them
With cameras everywhere these days, you never know where your image might turn up.Jovanna Bastien learned this the hard way in April when a photo of her appeared on Yahoo’s news website to illustrate a story about a group of McDonald’s employees suing the fast food giant over alleged sexual harassment.The problem was that Bastien isn’t one of the McDonald’s employees suing the company. And the former employee of a McDonalds in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., says she wasn’t sexually harassed or abused there.Now the woman is suing parent companies of two websites that posted her photo next to stories...
Tesla has more than 130 employees who tested positive for coronavirus: report
Tesla, which earlier re-opened its Fremont electric car factory in defiance of a coronavirus health order, has had more than 130 employees test positive for the deadly virus, according to a blog claiming to have received company information.“An internal data leak shows that Tesla is seeing a spike in COVID-19 ‘exposure,’ primarily at its Fremont factory in California,” the blog Electrek reported. “So far, more than 130 Tesla workers have tested positive with more test results pending, and a dozen more contractors and temporary employees involved with Tesla’s operations have also tested positiv...
The Mercury News
Getting your hair cut or heading to the gym? Get ready to sign a waiver
MINNEAPOLIS — As businesses reopen amid a slew of safety and cleaning requirements, many are asking something new of their customers and employees: a promise not to sue if they get sick.Liability waivers have long been used for risky endeavors such as downhill skiing or youth sports. But in the unchartered legal waters of the coronavirus pandemic, people now find themselves signing such forms when they get their hair cut, nails painted and teeth cleaned.“It’s a whole new world,” said Matt Murphy, an attorney with Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis. “Everybody’s freaked out.”With no specific le...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Vanguard transfers 1,300 staffers to outsourcing partner Infosys
Vanguard Group, the Malvern, Pa.-based investment giant that employs more than 12,000 in Chester County, says it will transfer out of the company 1,300 workers who handle employers’ 401k plans for 5 million working and retired Americans.The staffers will start working later this year for a contractor, a new Malvern-based unit of Infosys, the India-based technology outsourcing giant.The workers’ Vanguard boss, Martha King, managing director of Vanguard Institutional Investor Group for the past five years, will leave the company with her staffers and become one of their bosses at Infosys. She pr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Good luck getting workers' compensation in Florida if you catch COVID-19 on the job
Teachers and others forced back to work despite Florida’s skyrocketing COVID-19 cases could be denied medical and wage-loss benefits under Florida’s workers’ compensation law, and their families could get nothing if they die.That’s how it goes in one of the nation’s most worker-unfriendly states.If injured by an unruly student or burned in a chemistry lab, a teacher would have indisputable proof of a covered workplace injury — of where, when and how it happened.But it would be virtually impossible for that teacher to prove he or she contracted the coronavirus at school, rather than somewhere e...
Minneapolis officers filing for disability at 'unprecedented' levels, attorney says
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police officers rattled by the unprecedented public unrest after the killing of George Floyd have filed for mental and physical disability claims at worrying levels, according to an attorney handling their cases.Ron Meuser Jr., who held a news conference across the street from City Hall on Friday afternoon, claimed that some 150 Minneapolis police officers out of a sworn force of 850 have contacted him to start filing disability paperwork, a majority for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Seventy-five of those officers have already left the force, an...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)