Despite Concessions, Worries Remain Over Gig Economy Bill

California is poised to pass a sweeping labor bill that would turn drivers into employees, but gig companies are concerned about the implications and are urging lawmakers to forge a new path

Over Labor Day, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared his support for reclassifying an estimated 2 million California workers as employees instead of independent contractors. But while Democratic presidential candidates have seized upon labor standards of gig workers as a campaign issue, many questions remain about AB 5’s implications.

Sep 6, 2019 Judy Lin

Why a Manager Should Never Pad Employees’ Timecards

The Fair Labor Standards Act has strict rules regarding paying nonexempt employees, and California is even stricter; one of the key components is that employees must be paid for every hour they work

Sep 6, 2019 Suzanne Lucas

Getting Food Stamps to California’s Poor a Challenge

Pressure is increasing on counties to sign up more people for food stamps since the state’s participation rate is one of the lowest in the nation. But greater enrollment may require more money or more state intervention.

Sep 3, 2019 Jackie Botts & Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado

A Split-Roll Property Tax Measure Is Bad for Business

Next year, voters will be asked to amend Prop. 13 through a ballot measure that will upset more than 40 years of that steadiness and a “no surprises” business environment. It’s a tax hit businesses can’t afford, especially in an economy with flat consumer spending and trade tariffs.

Sep 3, 2019 Winnie Comstock-Carlson