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Teachers concerned over push to reopen schools

There are many hot-button topics in 2020. Perhaps none are more discussed than what to do about K-12 schools across the country. Here in California, Governor Newsom is pushing schools and districts to make their best attempt to reopen in the fall. He is part of a loose coalition of the president and other politicians, administrators, parents, child development experts, and others who believe that doing more online distance learning would be a mistake.

Teachers association pushes back

3 options for handling partnership disputes

Going into business with a partner is commonly a beneficial way to go about starting a company. Often, more than one person can bring important skills to the table and help the business thrive. In the beginning, you and your partner may have agreed on most matters and saw eye to eye on how to handle growth and operational procedures. Lately, however, you may feel more as if you are at odds rather than on the same side.

You may not fully understand where matters started to go wrong, but nonetheless, you know that something has to change before the business suffers. As a result, you may be considering your options for handling a partnership dispute.

Equal ownership in family business can be a mistake

They may have a secret favorite, but most parents pride themselves on treating all their children the same, showering them with relatively equal amounts of time and support. Thus, it comes as no surprise when business owners who pass on a business give equal ownership of a store or company to the kids, whether between two, three, four, or more children/beneficiaries. Some business advisers, however, believe that equal partnerships can be a mistake.

Many still believe there is no gender equality in the workplace

The percentage of women working outside the home has changed little in the last five decades. It sits at 75% working at least 35 hours per week, with 25% working 1 to 34 hours. This adds up to over half of the entire U.S. workforce. While women have worked hard to secure equal standing, there is still room for improvement, and there is disagreement over how far there is to go.

Some men cry foul

PG&E exits Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Pacific Gas & Electric announced in early July that it emerged from its highly contentious bankruptcy. The nation’s largest utility initially filed bankruptcy to protect itself after its aging power grid ignited devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2018 that cost more than 100 people their lives. Another 80,000 Californians lost homes, businesses or suffered property damages. The utility paid $5.4 billion in funds and 22.19% of its stock into a trust for victims of the fires it caused.

Meets coverage of new wildfire fund

Are charter schools better poised for success?

The COVID-19 virus impacts every part of our daily lives. Nevertheless, few families will see a more significant effect this year, and in the future, than the virus's impact upon education. Any parent with school-age children sees this first-hand because some teachers could better deal with these challenges than others.

Charter schools better positioned

State moves to reclassify Lyft and Uber drivers as employees

California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued an order this week that drivers for transportation network companies (TNCs) qualify as employees under the hotly debated AB-5 law, which specifically makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors. Contractors do not receive paid leave or healthcare, nor has Lyft and Uber needed to abide by minimum wage laws.

Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma wrote in a statement, "For now, TNC drivers are presumed to be employees and the Commission must ensure that TNCs comply with those requirements that are applicable to the employees of an entity subject to the Commission's jurisdiction."

Supreme Court rules on LGBTQ rights

Many watched with concern as the United States Supreme Court appointees have become increasingly conservative with a strong push from the president and the Republican U.S. Senate. So civil rights advocates were pleasantly shocked when the court handed down a 6-3 ruling that protects gay and transgender workers from discrimination in the workplace.

The ruling answers the question regarding the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination at businesses with 15 or more employees based on race, national origin, sex, or religion. A complication was trying to define sex or gender of transgender and gay workers. “It is impossible,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote, “to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.”

At-will employment does not prevent wrongful termination suits

Being an employer is a stressful job. Whether you own a small business yourself or are in a management position for a larger corporation, you have a lot on your plate when it comes to ensuring that daily operations run smoothly. Your responsibilities include monitoring employees, making sure they carry out their duties and, when necessary, firing workers.

Though California is an at-will employment state, that does not necessarily mean that you can fire a worker for any flippant reason or that you are exempt from facing potential wrongful termination claims from former employees. As a result, it is important to know when dismissing an employee could violate the law.

Minneapolis’s plans to defund police as Californians consider options

Minneapolis has been rocked by violence since the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day night. Floyd was restrained by an officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes. The victim, who allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, would later die in an ambulance.

Floyd and other black people’s death while in police custody has given voice to a rallying cry to defund the police. The Minneapolis City Council announced that it had a veto-proof supermajority with nine (of a total of 13) members pledging that they will vote to defund the Minneapolis Police Department.

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