California voters will soon vote on Proposition 56, a ballot initiative that would raise the cigarette tax throughout the state from 87 cents per pack to $2.87 per pack, according to SFGate.com. Money from the increased tax on tobacco would go to help fund MediCal, along with education efforts and cessation programs to help prevent smoking in California. While voters debate this highly visible measure, many have failed to notice the more subtle, but still important changes to workplace smoking laws that passed this May.
A federal judge in California has rejected a settlement put forward by Uber to resolve the class action lawsuit against them by their drivers, according to Reuters. The ridesharing giant has classified its drivers as independent contractors for years, but the drivers argue that they are actually employees. This would mean that Uber would have to pay the costs of fuel and maintenance, which would amount to millions of dollars. The damages are so high, in fact, that the judge threw out Uber's settlement offer of over $100 million because it was too low. Now lawyers for the two sides are back at the negotiating table to try to work out a new settlement.
If you've recently been laid off, you probably have a lot of questions for your employer when it comes to your final paycheck and employee benefits package. Layoffs can also be particularly confusing if you feel that your employer's reasons for laying you off may not have been legal in the first place.