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September 2015
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The Interesting World of Contract Work: Benefits and Takeaways

In recent years the labor market has experienced a large influx of independence, both for employers and workers, through the increase in use of contract workers. Many individuals who were negatively impacted by the economic downturn caused by the housing bubble were reluctant to place their trust in another corporate entity by binding themselves to Read More

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Much Ado Uber Nothing? The Fight Continues

The latest update in what is turning into an extended legal battle in the California court system is that the drivers suing rideshare company Uber have been authorized to proceed as a class. While the war is far from over, the latest ruling in this case has been a ‘win’ for the plaintiff drivers in Read More

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More Work, More Profit, but at What Cost?

In August, the New York Times published an article on the “unique” working atmosphere inside one of the country’s largest retailers, which raised some interesting questions. How hard can companies push their employees to do more with less and in a shorter period of time, and what are the consequences? Entwined in this question are Read More

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Mergers & Acquisitions: California Supreme Court Issues Corporate Friendly Insurance Decision

When companies engage in growth through a merger or acquisition, the intent is to build a stronger entity that will reap bigger benefits for shareholders. There are numerous complex considerations that a company’s leaders face when making such a decision, including whether there are any outstanding litigation issues that they need to be aware of Read More

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Uber in the News (Again): Background Checks in the Rideshare Busines

The rideshare giant Uber has made news headlines again for its hiring policies. This time, however, it is not because some employee or driver is concerned over their treatment. The most recent complaint lodged against the company is that the criminal background check performed during the hiring process for drivers is allegedly not stringent enough Read More

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Employee Rights When Facing Mass Layoffs or Reductions in Force

No employer wants to lay off large numbers of employees as it is typically a symptom of an economic downturn. Unfortunately, layoffs and reductions in force are a part of doing business as they are one tool of many that companies can use to stay viable in a down market. Making such a decision does Read More

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