The Biggest Labor Scam In Modern History?

Threatened with regulation, multibillion-dollar gig economy employers convinced California voters this week to pass a ballot initiative that exempts app-base rideshare and delivery services from state wage and hour laws.

Uber and Lyft, ridesharing services, and DoorDash, a meal delivery service, among others, raised more than $200 million to conduct a supposed voter initiative called Proposition 22, which is believed to be the most expensive voter initiative in American history.

By approving Prop. 22, California voters permitted app-based employers to classify their drivers under state law as “independent contractors” who are ineligible for minimum wage, overtime, health insurance and reimbursement for expenses.

The gig employers’ $200 million purse bought a comprehensive media campaign but another factor may be even more critical to the campaign’s success – the gig employers were able to use their apps to warn actual customers and drivers of a “parade of horribles” (i.e. higher prices) that might ensue if their drivers were classified as employees instead of  independent consequences.

Moreover, they worded the actual ballot measure in an “artful” manner. Voters were told that failure to approve the measure would result in drivers having “less choice about when, where, and how much to work .”

Bottom line – the gig employers used a tool meant to be used by voters – not big business – to evade a law that was passed by voters’ elected representatives in California’s General Assembly for the purpose of protecting workers in California.

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Apple Must Pay Workers For Time Spent Undergoing Exit Searches – Since 2009

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco has ordered Apple, Inc. to pay workers for time they spend waiting for and undergoing “exit searches” after their shifts ended for the past decade.

Apple is the most valuable company in the world.

Yet Apple required its workers to undergo mandatory exit searches at the end of their shift after they signed out. In other words, Apple required the workers to clock out prior to the exit search and then refused to compensate them for the time they spent undergoing the exit search, which was estimated at from five minutes up to to 45 minutes.

A three-judge appellate panel Wednesday reinstated the case, which was dismissed in 2015, and granted the plaintiffs’ motion to rule in their favor. The panel ordered the lower court to determine the remedy to be afforded to individual class members.

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