In a recent California Court of Appeal decision, the Court was asked to address the issue of whether an employee’s resignation of an at-will employment can be rescinded by the employee on the basis that the employee was suffering from an adverse reaction to medication at the time the resignation was tendered. As held by […]

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In California, an entity that has been suspended is disqualified from exercising any right, power or privilege as an entity during the time of the suspension. Therefore, the suspended entity lacks the legal ability to enter into a binding and enforceable contract with a third party. However, the contracts entered into during a time of suspension […]

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Effective January 1, 2016, the contractor’s licensing bond for California contractors, as required by Business & Professions Code section 7071.6, was increased from $12,000 to $15,000. Under section 7071.6, the bond must be in place before the Contractor’s State Licensing Board (“CSLB”) can issue an active license, reactive or inactive license, or renew an active […]

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Assembly Bill 622 was recently adopted, adding Labor Code section 2814 in California. Under section 2814, it is an unlawful business practice for an employer to consult the E-Verify system for a prospective employee until after an offer of employment has been extended to the prospective employee. Thus, an employer cannot check on the residency […]

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Businesses are often contacted by other businesses that are seeking information about the job performance of a former employee. The first step that should be taken by a prudent business is to establish a company-wide policy on how such inquiries are to be handled. Such a policy should include the following: (1)           All inquiries about […]

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SB588 The Fair Day’s Pay Act, goes into effect in California as of January 1, 2016. Employers within the state should become familiar with the provisions of the Act because it greatly enhances the authority of a Labor Commissioner to enforce judgments for unpaid wages. Under this new law, which begins at Code of Civil […]

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The most prudent approach for an employer is to minimize the risk of loss of trade secrets by taking all reasonable measures available to protect the trade secrets.

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Employers Beware – Potential Liability for Serving Alcohol at Holiday Parties

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Assembly Bill No. 2103 amends Labor Code section 515

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emotional distress damages avaialble to pet owners

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In July of 2009, the City of Lancaster resorted to a unique plan in an effort to prevent the Mongols Nation Motorcycle Club, Inc., a California Corporation (“the Mongols”), from holding its annual convention in the City of Lancaster. In an effort to prevent the Mongols from staying in Lancaster that weekend, the mayor and […]

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Can the selection of a roommate give rise to a legal claim for discrimination? The Ninth Circuit recently weighed in.

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