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  • Fate of gig workers remains unresolved by lawmakers, courts

    Daily Journal
    January 22, 2021
    (Subscription required) "What I could see happening is a loosening... of the federal law that would allow employers to provide certain benefits and protections to their independent contractors without that in and of itself creating an employment relationship," he said.
  • Judge Who Ordered Reunification of Separated Families Promoted to Lead Court

    Courthouse News Service
    January 21, 2021

    U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw — who ordered former President Donald Trump’s administration to reunite thousands of families it separated under the “zero tolerance” immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border — was promoted to Chief Judge of the Southern District of California Thursday.

  • Taping phone calls remains off-limits unless both parties agree, under new California ruling

    San Francisco Chronicle
    January 21, 2021

    The California Supreme Court rejected an appeal Wednesday allowing a suit against the business-review company Yelp for secretly recording sales pitches to customers, leaving intact a ruling that bars taping either side of a phone conversation without both parties’ consent.

  • Illinois poised to become first state to end wealth-based pre-trial detention

    The Guardian
    January 21, 2021
    The Pre-trial Fairness Act significantly limits the types of charges eligible for pre-trial detention at the first court date, among other provisions. No one arrested for a misdemeanor, with the exception of domestic violence, can be jailed pre-trial and many other charges which are unlikely to result in conviction are also ineligible for pre-trial detention.