August 10, 2020

LWDA Weekly Roundup: 

Each week the Labor & Workforce Development Agency and its departments engage with the public, stakeholders, and reporters on social, digital, and traditional media. Here are the highlights from last week.

Labor Commissioner’s Office Files Lawsuits against Uber and Lyft for Engaging in Systemic Wage Theft
The Labor Commissioner’s Office has filed separate lawsuits against transportation companies Uber and Lyft for committing wage theft by misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Uber and Lyft have misclassified their drivers, which has deprived these workers of a host of legal protections in violation of California labor law, the lawsuits say. Read more here.
New Videos:
Know Your Rights: Safe and Healthy Workplace in California
It is important for all California workers and employers to have the information they need to protect themselves from #COVID19 at work. Tune in to the latest videos from DIR on paid sick leave, safety and more: View more here.
On the Record:
Unemployment benefits during pandemic nearing $60 billion in

August 6, 2020

Unemployment benefits for out-of-work Californians since this historic pandemic began now total $59.8 billion to support families and communities struggling during this economic crisis. Over the same timeframe, the Employment Development Department (EDD) has processed more than 9.7 million claims for benefits between the regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, extensions, and separate Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Read more here.
Workplace Health and Safety:
Cal/OSHA Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers at Skilled Nursing and Long-term Care Facilities from Exposure to COVID-19
State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar
COVID-19 Employer Handbook Available Now
Employment Training Panel Provides Training Funds to Critical Sectors During
COVID-19 Pandemic
 (July 29, 2020)

Governor Newsom Takes Action to Strengthen State Unemployment Insurance Delivery System (July 29, 2020)
The Labor & Workforce Development Agency provides leadership to protect and improve the well-being of California’s current and future workforce.
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