A California appeals court upheld a jury award of almost $2.9 million to an employee and his wife in their lawsuit against the husband’s former employer. The jury had found the employer negligent in failing in complete the employee’s green card application in time.

Before the COVID-19 crisis, there were limited paid leave entitlements in California for employees requiring time off to deal with childcare and school closures. However, the landscape of leave entitlements available to employees for COVID-19-related school and childcare closures has radically expanded since mid-March.

California officials are suing ride-hailing service giants Uber and Lyft for allegedly misclassifying drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. Coronavirus concerns have raised more questions about the Golden State’s strict independent-contractor test and whether it should be amended.

Praising his state’s food-sector workers’ hard work during the coronavirus pandemic, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has mandated emergency paid sick leave for “the unsung heroes” who risk their health to stock supermarket shelves, harvest produce, deliver grocery orders and staff warehouses.

Coronavirus concerns have raised questions about California’s strict independent-contractor test and whether it should be amended. Although gig workers and other independent contractors have access to some federal emergency relief, they generally aren’t entitled to unemployment compensation and other benefits provided to employees.

An arbitration decision that an employer had not violated California’s wage and hour laws was not subject to judicial review for legal errors, a California appellate court ruled.

A university professor did not qualify for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act because she had not worked the minimum hours required during the previous year, and the hours she spent studying for and taking a board certification exam did not count, a California appellate court ruled.

An employee who claimed that she needed a flexible schedule because of her disability and who argued with her supervisor about her attendance record was not entitled to a different supervisor as a reasonable accommodation, a California appellate court ruled.

Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a public order requiring certain employers to provide supplemental paid sick leave for coronavirus-related reasons. The order took effect on April 10 and will remain in effect until two calendar weeks after the expiration of the COVID-19 local emergency period.

The Los Angeles City Council just passed a COVID-19 supplemental paid-sick-leave law that will remain in effect until Dec. 31 unless the city council decides to extend it. Here are the basic provisions of the ordinance.