Now hiring, for a one-day job: the gig economy hits retail

Catherine Fisk quoted by The Washington Post, May 4, 2018

“If a restaurant has dishwashers, cooks, busboys, servers — those people are employees, they have a fair number of protections under employment law, including a minimum wage, overtime pay and family medical leave,” said Catherine Fisk. … “What is at risk for all of these Snag workers is that they are potentially entitled to none of that if they are treated as independent contractors.”

Chemerinsky: What Sessions v. Dimaya means for immigration law

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for ABA Journal, May 3, 2018

At the very least, Sessions v. Dimaya is quite important in the immigration context. The court reaffirms that laws concerning deportation and removal are to be subjected to the same vagueness analysis as criminal statutes. The court’s striking down the residual clause in the Immigration and Nationality Act will matter for many facing deportation.

Should SCOTUS arguments be livestreamed?

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by ABA Journal, May 2, 2018

In an essay for the Sacramento Bee, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, points out that the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals provides a livestream of all of its oral arguments. “No adverse effects have been seen,” Chemerinsky wrote.

To manage California’s groundwater, think more about surface water

Michael Kiparsky interviewed by NewsDeeply, May 1, 2018

“The first key question for Groundwater Sustainability Agencies to answer is, how does groundwater management in their basin affect surface water and its beneficial uses? That implies that Groundwater Sustainability Agencies need to understand something about the hydrology of the basin and about those beneficial uses.”