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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.

Wage theft runs into the billions

Wage theft does not top the list of concerns for most employers or employees. Nevertheless, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that 2.4 million workers in the ten most populous states lose $8 billion in combined income annually. That amounts to about one-third of all property theft each year. This averages to be about $64 per worker per week for an annual total of $3,300. Here in California, the Department of Labor claims there are 372,000 minimum wage violations each week.

Federal rules involving overtime to change

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized new rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for overtime. The federal agency determined that most workers who fall under the FLSA qualify for overtime when they work over 40 hours per week. This change will increase the number of workers eligible for overtime by an estimated 1.3 million employees here in the U.S.

Accommodations for your worker with autism

Temple Grandin, a renowned professor of animal science at Colorado State University, said "the world needs all kinds of minds" in her Ted Talk back in 2013. Ms. Grandin, like many others across the United States, lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is previously known as autism. The disorder is difficult to characterize because individual cases vary greatly. Some common behaviors of ASD include social awkwardness, sensitivity to external stimuli and repeated actions or body motions.

AB5 could change definitions of contractor and employee

Protesters made their way through the California Capitol building last week, pressuring lawmakers to pass AB5, a bill that would require companies like Uber and Lyft to treat their workers as employees instead of independent contractors. The legislature has to decide on AB5 before the end of their session on Sept. 13. Both rideshare companies and their workers have thrown a lot of time and money into lobbying the issue. California Governor Gavin Newsom has even said that if Uber and Lyft want a say in the decision, they will have to arrange an agreement with labor groups or face “insurmountable” opposition.

Avoiding a company type

Diversity in the workplace is crucial to the overall health of the business. Along with race, gender, age, and life experience, the company’s manager or human resources department needs to consider a diversity of type. Some companies are known for a competitive work environment that fosters a certain kind of personality, while other companies have creative thinkers who focus on innovation.

U.S. Women's Soccer get their court date

The United States Women’s Soccer Team won their second straight World Cup in dominating fashion. Not only did they win, but they also became high-profile spokespersons for many social issues but particularly in the area of equal pay for women. This issue has been simmering for some time with an initial lawsuit by five players in 2016 on the topic. It reemerged International Women’s Day on March 8 when it filed a class action against U.S. Soccer Federation for making less money than the male players despite ongoing success at the highest levels. The suit was set aside until after the World Cup so the team could concentrate on their play, then the plan was to mediate the dispute.

Steps business owners can take to avoid equal pay charges

Equal pay for women is one of the hottest issues facing businesses across the country. The question was fueled over the past few months by a lawsuit filed by members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, which claims the U.S. Soccer Federation pays the men’s national team more.

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