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March 2015 Archives

Could California workers get a Lyft from court rulings?

Two California court rulings could have profound effects on workers in our state. The cases share some qualities: both involve ride-sharing companies (Lyft Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc.) and both address issues of when workers should be considered employees and when they should be considered independent contractors.

Employers dodge workers' comp by misclassifying employees

Ask anyone who works in the Coachella Valley construction business: misclassification of workers as independent contractors is common in the industry. Misclassification enables unethical employers to avoid the normal costs of doing business, and it puts those costs right on the backs of injured workers, their families, and California taxpayers.

Workers' comp cuts are deep across the nation

If you tune in to 91.9 on your FM radio dial, you can hear KVCR serving up National Public Radio programming to the Riverside area. The station is part of the acclaimed NPR network that recently teamed up with ProPublica on an investigative report on workers' compensation across the nation.

Looking for safety: up on the roof

Decades ago, the Drifters crooned about the show the stars put on at night for free. The best place to see the show was up on the roof, the doo-wop legends sang. While their soft, romantic tones undoubtedly bring back memories for certain folks, there's also the reality that people who go "up on the roof" must face every working day: it's a dangerous place to earn a living

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