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After Pay by Gender, Is Pay by Race Next for California Protects?

Just as California businesses begin to implement a law requiring equal pay for workers regardless of their gender, already the toughest of its kind in the nation, a state lawmaker is seeking to expand it to protect employees from racial …

EPIC Names Miller Vice President in California

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has named Penny Miller vice president in the firm’s employee benefits consulting team. She will be based in San Francisco and report to David Wiesner, regional director of employee benefits. Miller has 25 years of …

California Prosecutors, Uber Settle Over Background Checks

Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to settle claims by California prosecutors that its background checks on drivers weren’t as thorough as advertised. The company is required to pay a civil penalty of $10 million within two months and payment of an …

California Uber Drivers Seeking $1B Bounty Claim as Trial Draws Near

Uber Technologies Inc. drivers suing to be treated like employees are trying to add $1 billion in penalties under California’s unique “bounty hunter” statute as they prepare for trial in June. About 240,000 current and former Uber drivers in California …

California Workers’ Comp Committee Votes for Lower Mid-Year Filing

The governing committee of the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau voted unanimously on Wednesday to authorize the WCIRB to submit a mid-year pure premium rate reduction filing to the California Department of Insurance The filing will propose a July 1 …

Atlas General Insurance Services, LLC Introduces ‘GoSafe’ an Online Safety and Risk Management Platform

San Diego, CA, April 6, 2016 – Atlas General Insurance Services announces the release of GoSafe, a new comprehensive risk management, work safety and compliance platform. “This online platform was created by workplace safety experts and designed to help businesses …

California Judge Rules in Favor of Lumber Liquidators in Prop. 65 Case

Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. won a tentative ruling dismissing claims that it failed to adequately warn consumers about cancer-causing formaldehyde found in some of its laminate flooring. Monday’s decision is a victory for the company after its sales and market …

Government Task Force Will Examine Massive California Natural Gas Leak

A new U.S. government task force will look into the country’s biggest ever accidental release of methane, which occurred over several months in Los Angeles, Calif., hoping to prevent future leaks of the potent greenhouse gas from storage wells, the …

$5M Deal Reached Between California and TV Component Makers

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she has reached a nearly $5 million settlement with five electronics manufacturers accused of fixing prices on television and computer components. Harris’ office announced the deal with LG, Hitachi, Panasonic, Toshiba and Samsung on …

Wage Hike Would Cost California Taxpayers $3.6B, Analyst Says

Raising the minimum wage in California to the highest statewide level in the nation would eventually cost taxpayers an additional $3.6 billion a year in higher pay for government employees, legislative analysts determined. The estimate was disclosed as an Assembly …