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California OKs Bill to Protect Workers who Use Pot at Home

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could soon become the seventh state to make sure people won’t lose their jobs if they smoke marijuana when they are off the clock. State lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill that would stop companies …

Tesla Hit by New Lawsuit Alleging Racial Abuse Against Black Workers

SAN FRANCISCO —Fifteen Black former or current employees at Tesla filed a lawsuit against the electric car maker on Thursday, alleging they were subjected to racial abuse and harassment at its factories. The workers said they were subjected to offensive …

Tesla Barred from Pausing Race Bias Case While Challenging Agency’s Powers

Tesla Inc TSLA.O cannot pause a California civil rights agency’s lawsuit alleging widespread race discrimination at an assembly plant while the electric carmaker separately challenges the agency’s ability to sue employers, a judge ruled on Wednesday. California Superior Court Judge …

California Will Keep Workplace Pandemic Rules Through 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California workplace regulators on Thursday extended mandatory pay for workers affected by the coronavirus through the end of 2022, acting more than two months after state lawmakers restored similar benefits through September. The decision again pitted …

McDonald’s Workers Reach Settlement Deal Over Harassment

Former McDonald’s workers who alleged rampant sexual harassment at their Michigan restaurant have reached a $1.5 million settlement agreement with the restaurant’s former owner. The American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project, which helped represent the employees, announced the settlement …

Airlines Fight Calif. Law That Expands Breaks for Employees

DALLAS (AP) — The airline industry is escalating its campaign against a California law that gives pilots and flight attendants who are based there more rest and meal breaks than they are guaranteed under federal regulations. A study commissioned by …

California Bill Would Require Vaccines For All Employees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would mandate that all businesses require their employees and independent contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under legislation announced Friday by Democratic state lawmakers that was immediately criticized by Republicans as government overreach. Employees or …

U.S. Govt. Asks Court to Immediately Lift Stay on COVID Vaccine Rule

The U.S. government asked a federal appeals court to immediately lift a court-ordered stay on a sweeping workplace COVID-19 vaccine rule to avoid “enormous” harm to public health, or alternatively to allow a masking-and-testing requirement, according to a court filing. …

California Worker Board to Again Reconsider Mask Standards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s workplace regulators are set to again reconsider controversial masking rules designed to protect employees against the coronavirus. A “special meeting” of the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board was hastily scheduled for Wednesday after …

Pandemic’s Labor Reshuffle Likely Just Starting For US Workers

WASHINGTON — If the coronavirus pandemic produced its own brand of anxiety for American workers trying to stay healthy while balancing job and family demands, the coming return to “normal” will pose a new set of challenges. Like whether to …