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Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom shared news with how he and his team are doing everything in their power to support small businesses struggling during these unprecedented times. He stated that 44% of businesses are feeling vulnerable to the pressures of the pandemic. Because of this, many businesses have reported that they may be forced to close in the near future.  With this in mind, Newsom has signed off on three bills, effective January…
Under the recently passed Assembly Bill (AB) 5 in California, many businesses are undergoing a process to determine whether they need to reclassify their self-employed workers as employees. Workers who are categorized as employees are entitled to benefits such as minimum wage, overtime, and sick leave, while contractors are not.  Throughout the past year, AB 5 has created a great amount of confusion and frustration amongst many across the State of California – employers, independent…
An article shared by Forbes in July stated that 30 million people were receiving unemployment benefits in the United States. This makes up about 20% of the American workforce! Since the recent expiration of the additional $600 in unemployment benefits, those who are currently unemployed during this unprecedented time have been anxious to find out if they will continue to receive any additional weekly benefits moving forward. This is due to the back and forth…
For the past few weeks, parents, faculty, and other school staff have been adjusting to unfamiliar back to school guidelines. Some schools will continue virtual learning until further notice, while others have already been cleared to return to in-person school days.  In some areas in particular, such as Orange County, California, administrators are preparing for the OK from state officials to reopen their doors to students and staff. Orange County was recently taken off of…
Under the recently passed Assembly Bill (AB) 5 in California, many businesses are now forced to reclassify their self-employed workers as employees.  In recent news, Uber and Lyft are battling a lawsuit filed by the California Attorney General and city attorneys from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego who claim the two ride-share companies misclassified their workers under the new law. They believe that the two companies are depriving their workers of employee protections…
With the recent events following the death of George Floyd and the rise in support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, companies in the tech industry are beginning to take a stronger and more vocal stand for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  In recent years, many tech companies have created transparency by sharing data relating to their diverse talent recruitment and hiring initiatives. After analyzing their own company’s data, many larger tech companies such as Facebook…
A top story in the news these past few weeks has been of claims by both current and former employees of the popular daytime show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. They claim they were subjected to a hostile and “toxic” work environment, including claims of alleged sexual misconduct and race discrimination.  The complaints from these employees led to an internal workplace investigation being conducted by the show’s distributor WarnerMedia.   This blog provides an overview of these…