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December 2019 Archives

UC Regents agree to union demands

Strikes can turn into long, drawn-out affairs where causing collateral damage is more common than addressing the actual issues in the dispute. Thus, it was refreshing to see the University of California Board of Regent’s swift response to a 26,000 UC Service and Patient Care workers, who launched an unfair labor practice strike on November 13, 2019. This was the third one-day strike in a year where the union alleged that there was illegal outsourcing of UC jobs to contractors.

Does your former employee have a case for wrongful termination?

Perhaps one of the most difficult and stressful parts of your job as a small business owner occurs when things aren't working out with an employee, and you must take steps to fire him or her. Losing a job can be an emotional event, and it is not uncommon for terminated employees to lash out at their bosses when they are let go.

Uber pays $4.4 million to address sexual harassment

Bay Area tech companies are synonymous with innovation, but the #MeToo movement had a significant impact there as it did in traditional business, media and entertainment. Uber was one of the many tech-based companies that tolerated sexual harassment in the workplace.

Car insurance fraud hurts carriers and clients

Many shake their heads every time they pay a car insurance bill. This may explain why there is an estimated $29 billion in insurance fraud committed by one in 10 drivers on the road each year. These acts could be strategic omissions of little things like a speeding ticket from three years ago or adding a false claim of whiplash if the policyholder was in a car crash. This is rationalized as one person sticking it just a little bit to some giant corporation that is “paid for doing nothing,” but there are also claimants out there engaged in criminal behavior.

California institutes insurance moratoriums

California insurance commissioner Ricardo Lara has instituted a one-year moratorium (officially listed as SB 824) that bans carriers from dropping the policies of homeowners living in areas struck by wildfires in 2019. This will provide some relief for about 800,000 homeowners who live in the areas around 16 major wildfires in California this year, including the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. The moratorium will last until December 5, 2020.

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