Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign a measure that would make farm workers eligible for overtime pay after only eight hours per day, instead of the current ten hours. Lobbyists for agricultural workers successfully killed an earlier, similar proposal, but Assembly Bill 1066 passed both the Assembly and the House by relatively wide margins. The measure basically phases out the current ten-hour exemption, so by 2022, all agricultural workers, even those who work at facilities with 25 employees or fewer, will be entitled to overtime after eight hours worked in a day; larger farms must comply by 2019.
According to a recent survey, the Golden State is the best place in the nation to work while raising a family.
The 2016 election cycle may be causing greater tension over politics at work. According to a poll by the Society on Human Resource Management (SHRM), 26% of HR professionals polled perceived a greater amount of workplace volatility this election cycle. Perhaps this isn't surprising, considering the increasingly confrontational rhetoric in the political sphere. The growing tensions over this year's election could cause more heated discussions amongst employees, leading to divisive workplace relations.
Employees are suing the McDonald's restaurant chain for failing to pay workers the federal minimum wage, failing to pay overtime and failing to give workers breaks that federal law requires.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, employee telecommuting is at an all-time high. Their research indicates that from 1996 to 2016, the percentage of employees who work one or more days per week from home has increased about 20%. The industries where most of this increase has occurred are software and marketing firms. There is also a higher concentration of telecommuting at firms in big cities that suffer from consistently heavy rush hour traffic. In cities like Los Angeles, the option to avoid the morning commute is a valuable improvement in quality of life for workers. Businesses also stand to benefit as they can save money by offering telecommuting to skilled employees which drastically reduces overhead costs.
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.
Palo Alto-based HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company are in hot water after four former employees filed a workplace discrimination complaint against the tech company alleging age discrimination.
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.
If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination in California on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability, you can file a formal complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (FEHA).