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133 - The State of American Employment in the Midst of the Pandemic
Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute’s (WPI) annual Labor Day report examines the state of the American workforce. Prior WPI Labor Day reports focused on key employment developments and trends to provide employers with insight on the state of work and what to expect in the coming year. Employers need no reminder that 2020 is unlike any year they have ever experienced. The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed employment with employers and employees alike facing unprecedented challenges. Even when the coronavirus is finally behind us, many of these challenges will remain. Accordingly, this year’s Labor Day report necessarily focuses on the state of employment in the context of the global pandemic.
In this podcast, Michael Lotito and Jim Paretti of WPI discuss the most recent employment numbers from the United States Department of Labor and give listeners a preview of what to expect in this year’s Labor Day report.
132 - The “New” AB 5
California’s landmark independent contractor law, AB 5, has only been in effect for eight months. But in that time frame, the law remains controversial and makes headlines every week. The law presents compliance challenges for businesses in the Golden State, and things aren’t getting any easier.
In this podcast, members of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute will bring listeners up to date with what’s new with AB 5, including legislation that would further amend the law, court challenges, enforcement actions, and Proposition 22, which would revise the law for some gig economy employers.
131 - L.A. Gets It Right: The Right To Cure
You might not believe your ears at first, as Bruce Sarchet and Michael Lotito of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI) heap praise on the City of Los Angeles for adopting a worker “right to recall” ordinance. Regular listeners of WPI’s podcasts know that more traditionally its members are expressing concerns and reservations as new employment laws and regulations are adopted. But the City of Angels did something truly revolutionary in this new law – it afforded employers the “right to cure” before a lawsuit can be filed.
WPI sees this as a positive development, a true win-win for businesses and their employees, and asserts in this podcast that the right to cure should be seriously considered and adopted in other employment and labor laws as well.
130 - COVID and Contractors – New Leave Laws Impact Worker Classification
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many states and cities have adopted new paid sick leave laws. In a curious intersection between paid leave laws and independent contractor status laws, some of these laws establish a new and completely different approach to defining whether a food delivery driver should be classified as an “independent contractor” or as an “employee.”
Rather than focusing on the duties of the worker and the business of the employer (as is done in the “ABC” test), these laws focus solely on whether the worker is engaged in a particular industry – food delivery.
In this podcast, Littler Workplace Policy Institute attorneys Bruce Sarchet and Sebastian Chilco discuss these new laws, this new approach, and consider whether this change in direction will have long-term impacts.
129 - The Wild West 2020: WPI’s California Legislative Round-Up
Bruce Sarchet and Emily Patajo with Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute discuss proposed laws and regulations under consideration in California.
The 2020 class of bills covers a lot of ground, from potential changes to the much-discussed worker classification test under AB 5, to antidiscrimination measures and leaves of absence amendments.
128 - What’s New with the EEOC?
Littler’s Michael Lotito and Jim Paretti discuss the EEOC, how the lack of a quorum affected the agency, and what we might expect now that the agency’s quorum has been restored. They also discuss the agency’s litigation program and the controversial EEO-1 compensation data reporting due this September.