Uber Settles California Employee Classification Lawsuit for $20 Million

According to a March 2019 report by Bloomberg, Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $20 million to settle claims by workers that they should have been classified as employees and not as independent contractors. Employee classification provides many benefits that independent contractor status does not: Emplo...

Can Independent Contractors Claim Employee Benefits?

Question: An individual was misclassified by his company for many years as an independent contractor, when in fact he was an employee. Due to the misclassification the individual was not eligible to participate in his company's 401k plan or sign up for health benefits. After ten years of employment, the company laid...

California – The State That Keeps On Giving…More Rights to Employees

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we provide you with a summary of some of the newest (or expanded) laws that protect California’s employees. We live in the state that offers its employees the most favorable laws amongst all the U.S. territories. Therefore, when in doubt, a word to the wise is to run the scenario by an ...

Worker Classification Cases Abound and the DOL Responds

Several more cases this week showed how worker (mis)classification remains a hot topic in the California employment law landscape.  One of the cases was settled for $295,000 when a class of trucking company driver managers brought claims that they were misclassified as exempt from overtime employees.  As opposed to m...