A California appeals court order will allow Uber and Lyft to continue their operations in the state under their current independent-contractor model while a legal battle continues over their drivers’ employment classification.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/ajdt4XUDE6c/uber-and-lyft-can-keep-independent-contractor-model-in-california-for-now.aspx

California’s workplace resource aims to help employers prepare for reopening their business and support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/ht5yhQ6M0_c/california-covid-19-employer-playbook.aspx

The family of a man who died after a forklift fell on top of him while he was changing the vehicle’s tire could not bring a lawsuit against the company that owned the forklift because there was no proof that the company contributed to the accident, a California appeals court ruled.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/sp5W9GsWxOc/general-contractor-not-responsible-for-death-of-subcontractor-employee.aspx

A bank executive who was fired based on false claims his subordinates made about him to HR was entitled to $6 million for defamation, a California appellate court ruled.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/whIIr3ZNRK8/bank-executive-can-keep-award-for-defamation-based-on-hr-practices.aspx

California legislators have until the end of August to approve bills for this session, and Gov. Gavin Newsom has until Sept. 30 to sign them into law. As in prior years, employers should note that many proposals would impact the workplace.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/WsuOKfGYGAs/7-legislative-issues-for-california-employers-to-watch.aspx

California’s new academic year begins soon, but for many students, going back to school means logging in to classes from home. As the state’s coronavirus cases rose steadily through the summer months, its largest school districts abandoned plans for in-person or hybrid education programs.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/_vrCEu_b1Ao/california-workers-seek-flexibility-as-schools-continue-online-this-fall.aspx

Service technicians in California who used their personal vehicles to carry employer supplies and tools might be entitled to compensation for time spent driving between their home and customer sites.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/fg-AzjMidT4/calif-commute-time-may-be-paid-for-technicians-carrying-supplies.aspx

Earlier this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order providing COVID-19-related paid sick leave for food-sector workers who work for larger employers in the state. The California Legislature is now considering codifying those leave requirements with SB 729.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/Z3tL7FKChPQ/california-legislature-proposes-bill-mirroring-food-sector-paid-sick-leave-order.aspx

Oakland passed a new right to re-employment ordinance, giving laid-off employees an opportunity for rehire at certain hospitality businesses, including airport hospitality providers, event centers, hotels and some restaurants.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/EJhzvWLpkC8/oakland-passes-right-of-reemployment-ordinance-for-hospitality-workers.aspx

Union-represented employees cannot waive their right in a collective bargaining agreement to all compensation for employer-mandated travel time, a California appeals court ruled.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/XOISZPYfyPk/calif-pay-for-required-travel-time-cannot-be-bargained-away.aspx