Each year, minimum-wage violations by California employers sap the state’s workforce of nearly $2 billion in earnings, increasing the financial vulnerability of already at-risk populations and creating a drag on the state’s overall economic health, according to a report released this month by the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank in Washington.
The California Air Resources Board has asked Volkswagen to do a better job of explaining how the automaker’s plan to spend $200 million to boost the adoption of zero-emission vehicles will benefit lower-income communities in the state. Volkswagen has pledged to invest a total of $800 million over the next ten years in California — and $2 billion nationally — to promote zero-emission vehicles as part of the settlement stemming from company’s emissions-cheating scandal.
(TNS) -- Target has agreed to pay $18.5 million to resolve investigations being conducted by 47 states and the District of Columbia stemming from the retailer’s 2013 data breach. In that incident, hackers compromised 41 million credit and debit card accounts and may have obtained the personal information of more than 60 million customers. California expects to receive more than $1.4 million from the total settlement, the most of any state, the California attorney general’s office said Tuesday.