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California Supreme Court makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors 

On Monday, the California Supreme Court issued a major ruling on the distinction between independent contractors (IC) and employees, establishing a new test for determining classification that presumes that workers are employees and not ICs. The case, Dynamex Operations West,

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San Francisco sues Uber in battle over driver privacy

SACRAMENTO – The city of San Francisco filed suit last week against the ride-sharing service Uber after the company filed a motion in court to block the release of a drivers’ personal information. This sets up the latest battle between

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Paid to protest the president? Bay Area employees get days off for civic engagement

While many conservative claims about paid protesters demonstrating against President Trump have been met with skepticism and dismissal — in the Bay Area — some of them might actually be getting money for being there. Companies in the region are

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Silicon Valley faces slowdown

Market watchers have keyed in to a series of statistics suggesting breakneck growth in Silicon Valley has begun to slow down. “Tech companies in San Francisco and San Mateo counties lost 700 jobs from January to February and tech employment

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New DMV rules would allow testing of driverless vehicles without human in car

Responding to industry criticism and public uncertainty, California has rejiggered its rules to accommodate fully driverless vehicles. “California’s new proposals follow a Michigan law passed in December, which allowed testing with no human driver. It also created a framework for

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Google takes lead on California driverless cars

  As Silicon Valley rushes to stake out a lead in what’s hoped to be a robust market for driverless cars, the company spun off of Google has established a clear lead — perhaps giving the competition a reason to consider focusing

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 24

Enough blame for everyone with Oakland housing crisis Trade deal’s death hurts Central Valley farmers Key reform of environmental law hasn’t worked Orange County could model GOP success with Asian-Americans California has the highest real poverty rate in the country

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 13

Lawmaker targets Uber’s self-driving vehicles in new legislation  Scientists rebuke Coastal Commission over desalination Does Consumer Watchdog actually help lower insurance rates? Brown cuts doctors out of tobacco tax money Democratic lawmakers pushing for cap-and-trade extension Good morning! TGIF. One lesson

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Assemblyman wants to crack down on unpermitted, self-driving vehicles

It’s not enough that Uber killed its unpermitted, self-driving-vehicle pilot program in San Francisco just a week after it started; an assemblyman wants to squash any further attempts to test vehicles without a permit as well.  Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San

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Added workplace regulation for the new year

  A new round of targeted workplace regulations passed over the course of 2016 will take effect in the coming year, with some slated to come into law the minute the clock strikes 2017.  Wage rules First, Golden State businesses

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