Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, says US judge

Image copyright Getty Images Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft must classify their drivers as employees rather than freelancers, a judge in California has ruled. The firms have 10 days to appeal against a preliminary injunction. The work status is controversial. Gig economy firms say it means drivers can work on their own terms, while critics[…]

Texas helicopter crash kills 3 parks and wildlife employees

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died in a helicopter crash Saturday while surveying the landscape for desert bighorn sheep, according to state officials. The victims were identified as wildlife biologist Dewey Stockbridge, fish and wildlife technician Brandon White, and veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar, according to a release by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) on[…]

Michigan Gov. Whitmer declares racism ‘public health crisis,’ requires bias training for state employees

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is declaring racism a public health crisis and pursuing initiatives to “eradicate and prevent discrimination and racial inequity” — including making all state employees undergo “implicit bias training,” her office announced Wednesday. “Implicit, unconscious bias exists within each of us, and as public servants we have a duty to understand how our bias can impact the lives of[…]