Many drivers choose a life on the road as independent contractors because of the promise of freedom and the ability to work for themselves. In reality, some California drivers may be misclassified and should perhaps be employees instead of contractors. Independent contractors from Uber and Lyft are hoping that a jury will be able to settle their employment dispute over their classification status.
In the past, many employees here in California may have been permitted to have a sick day, but they often also had to miss out on a day's wages. This is all about to change -- starting in 2015, a majority of employees in this state who meet certain requirements will be entitled to receive at least three days of paid sick leave annually. These new laws could have an affect on employment agreements, though it remains to be seen whether these effects will be positive or negative.
Teachers were in a dispute with the school board of Desert Sands over payments. The payment dispute involved the concern over the increase in class size and no wage increases over the years. The California School Board recently approved raises for teachers.
According to reports, certain California nurses gathered around in a protest regarding pension benefits. This employment dispute is a result of a proposed decrease in the amount of monthly retirement benefits from one of the largest health care systems. Dignity Health has over 300 facilities in California and other areas with 56,000 employees, including 11,000 physicians. They are set to negotiate the terms of the agreement.
Many minimum wage employees are protesting for the need for higher starting pay. The current wage and hour laws have not been updated by the government for several years. While there are some states that require companies to pay a higher rate than the federal level of about $7 an hour, that pay is just not keeping pace with the rising costs of living. California workers may also benefit if the minimum rate were increased for the lowest paying positions.