Due to its size and generosity, the state’s unemployment agency has been inundated with fraudulent COVID-19 benefits claims, which amount to $750 million in false filings each week. Some have come from as far as Russia.
By Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee | January 14, 2021
A ruling by the Labor Department has made it easier for businesses to classify their gig workers as independent contractors, which don’t require standard employee protections such as minimum wage and benefits.
By Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times | January 8, 2021
To maintain productivity and safety, some jobs are installing robot coworkers. Labor unions worry that the robots will continue to occupy jobs after the pandemic ends while others say they will free up workers for other positions.
By Olivia Rockeman, James Attwood and Joe Deaux, Bloomberg News | December 17, 2020
At least nine states are using short-term training programs to help combat the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But some experts want to fund community colleges to improve the payoff.
By Sophie Quinton, Stateline.org | December 15, 2020
Three workers in San Francisco, Calif., have filed a class-action lawsuit against three city agencies, alleging they were paid less, denied promotions and subjected to harassment all due to their race.
By Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle | December 10, 2020
Work from home was at first a temporary pandemic solution, but as public and private organizations alike make remote work permanent, they’ll need to make adjustments to more than just where staff are located.
By Daniel Castro, Government Technology | December 10, 2020