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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.

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.

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.

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.

What is an insurance appraisal?

Insurance appraisals are a tool used here in California and other states to resolve disputes carriers and policyholders regarding coverage. The areas in question often revolve around whether the policy covers the claim, the details of the claim, what was damaged and how much is the claim worth. The two sides may opt to resolve their differences through litigation. Still, they can address the issue using an insurance appraisal, an onsite inspection of the property by a panel with all interested parties present.

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