California to Mandate Farmworker Overtime Pay after 8 Hours in a Day

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed landmark legislation granting farmworkers overtime pay after 8 hours of work in a single day or 40 hours in a workweek. The current standard is 10 hours a day and 60 hours in a week before overtime kicks in for farmworkers. Assembly Bill 1066 starts phasing in the new […]

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AGs Go After Firms with ‘On-Call’ Worker Policies

Attorneys-general from eight states, including California, have collaborated in an effort to rein in on-call worker policies that leave employees dangling and unable to do anything while waiting for a call to work that might never come. On-call policies demand that employees remain free to be summonsed to work if needed. The AGs sent a […]

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California Ups the Ante on Paid Family Leave

Just a week after San Francisco went all out by guaranteeing 100 percent pay for employees who take family leave for the birth of a child, the state of California is raising its contribution to the program beginning in 2018. When it kicks in, those earning close to the minimum wage will receive 70 percent […]

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San Francisco First to Mandate Fully Paid Parental Leave

San Francisco has piggy-backed on an existing California law allowing parents to take six weeks of 55-percent paid leave for the birth of a child by mandating their employers pay the other 45 percent. Result: Continuation of regular pay for six weeks upon the birth of a child. The 55 percent is currently paid from […]

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Oregon Tinkers with Tiered Minimum Wage Structure

The Oregon legislature has passed a plan to raise the state minimum wage in a tiered structure that sees employees in Portland earning $14.75 an hour, those in Salem, Eugene and other smaller cities $13.50, and those in the hinterlands $12.50 — all by 2022. Gov. Kate Brown, in a statement, said she is prepared […]

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Oregon Says Uber Drivers Are Employees

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian ruled this week in a four-page opinion that Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors. “Oregon’s worker protections are in place for a reason,” Avakian wrote in a statement. “When corporations misclassify an employee, the worker is denied basic protections such as the right to be paid on time and […]

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Seattle Franchisees Lose Again in Minimum Wage Battle

The International Franchise Association, suing on behalf of franchisees in Seattle, has once again been rebuffed in its legal battle over the city’s new minimum wage law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this past week upheld the local U.S. District Court’s ruling that the Emerald City’s new $15-an-hour minimum wage law is correct in lumping […]

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Landmark Silicon Valley Gender Discrimination Case Ends with a Give-In

Ellen Pao, who sued Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins for gender discrimination for not promoting her and then firing her for complaining, has officially given up. Pao lost her highly publicized case earlier this year and mulled an appeal. But now she has thrown in the towel, and is thus on the hook […]

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Washington Supreme Court Restores SeaTac’s $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage

Voter-approved Proposition 1, which provides for a $15-an-hour minimum wage along with paid sick leave for hospitality and transportation workers in the Washington State community of SeaTac, has been revived by the state Supreme Court in a 5-to-4 vote. After voters approved the measure two years ago, a King County judge ruled that the city of […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Grants Freedom from Agency Fees

The Michigan Supreme Court, in reviewing a suit against the state’s recent right-to-work law, which frees employees from having to join unions and pay full union dues, ruled 4-3 this week that public employee unions cannot collect agency fees either. The ruling not only affirms Michigan as a right-to-work state but also frees employees who […]

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