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FILE -- In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, speaks at rally calling for passage of her measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Gov Gavin Newsom signed the bill, AB5, aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to ride share drivers and workers in other industries on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
September 18, 2019 - 7:17 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Wednesday signed sweeping labor legislation that aims to give wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft and to as many as a million workers across other industries. The closely watched proposal could have...
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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, receives congratulations from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, of Lakewood after her to give new wage and benefit protections at the so-called gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The bill now goes to the governor, who has said he supports it. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 12, 2019 - 12:01 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers confronting the changing definition of work have approved sweeping legislation designed to give many contract workers new pay and benefit protections, but tech giants Uber and Lyft vowed to keep fighting the changes, possibly by bankrolling an...
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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, receives congratulations from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, of Lakewood after her to give new wage and benefit protections at the so-called gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The bill now goes to the governor, who has said he supports it. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 11, 2019 - 9:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers confronting the changing definition of work approved sweeping legislation Wednesday designed to give many contract workers new pay and benefit protections, but tech giants Uber and Lyft vowed to keep fighting the changes, possibly by bankrolling an...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 photo, Neal Froneman, Chief Executive Officer of mining company Sibanye-Stillwater, speaks about the expansion of the company’s platinum and palladium mines in Montana’s Beartooth Mountains in Billings, Mont. After a prolonged strike and a string of workplace fatalities in South Africa, executives at Sibanye-Stillwater are leaning heavily on the mining company’s Montana platinum mines to turn things around. Froneman said the difficulties in Africa are not slowing an expansion of its Montana operations, including the only platinum and palladium mines in the U.S. Froneman says the company will add about 300 new workers in the US by the end of 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown )
September 03, 2019 - 5:23 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — After a prolonged strike and a string of workplace fatalities in South Africa, executives at Sibanye-Stillwater are leaning heavily on its Montana platinum mines to turn things around at one of the world's largest precious metals mining companies. The firm posted a $19...
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August 06, 2019 - 5:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is clarifying a policy change that will limit the prescribing of opioid painkillers to federal workers. The Labor Department issued a statement Tuesday saying the limitations will apply to employees injured on the job and covered under the government's workers'...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2013, file photo, Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation, Godfrey, in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday, July 15, 2019. (The Des Moines Register via AP, File)
July 15, 2019 - 9:25 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday. Polk County jurors found that...
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Flames and smoke emerge from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex in Philadelphia, Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
June 21, 2019 - 5:09 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the fire at a Philadelphia refinery complex (all times local): 5 p.m. A fire at a refinery complex in Philadelphia is controlled and contained but still burning more than 12 hours after it started. Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy says the blaze at...
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FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, Uber and Lyft drivers carry signs during a demonstration outside of Uber headquarters in San Francisco. The ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they are willing to change the way they treat drivers in California. That could include paying a base wage and providing certain benefits. But the companies are arguing they need to continue to classify drivers as independent contractors, not employees. California lawmakers are considering legislation that would tighten the rules around how companies classify workers as contractors. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
June 12, 2019 - 9:03 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they are willing to change the way they treat drivers in California as long as state lawmakers don't require them to classify drivers as employees, a move that would entitle them to a wide range of benefits. The California-based...
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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego speaks during the Assembly session Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The Assembly approved her bill, AB5 to to tighten the rules for labeling workers as independent contractors rather than employees, Wednesday. The bill now goes to the state Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 30, 2019 - 12:41 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents working for companies like Lyft and Uber would get the rights of employees entitled to a minimum wage and workers compensation under a law the state Assembly passed on Wednesday. The sweeping bill, which now goes to the Senate, carries new standards...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2019, photo gardeners work on a vertical planters in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, April 30, the Labor Department releases the employment cost index for the first quarter, a measure of wage and benefit growth. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
April 30, 2019 - 8:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose 0.7% in the first three months of the year, a modest gain that matched the previous quarter's increase. The data, released Tuesday by the Labor Department, suggests that growth in workers' compensation has stalled in recent months. In the...
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