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Preparing for the Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate

As of January 1, 2015, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA--otherwise known as Obamacare) begins to impose certain health coverage requirements on employers who have at least 50 employees. Even though its...more

2/19/2014 - Affordable Care Act Corporate Counsel Delays Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

Fifth Circuit Upholds The Validity Of Class-Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

Earlier this week, on December 3, 2013, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that arbitration agreements lawfully can contain class-action waivers. In its ruling in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, the...more

12/9/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Collective Actions D.R. Horton Federal Arbitration Act NLRA NLRB

The Increasing Cost of Doing Business in San Francisco: Board of Supervisors Approves Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance

On October 1, 2013, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that will give employees the right to request flexible work arrangements to assist with caregiver responsibilities. San Francisco employers...more

10/15/2013 - Caregivers Flexible Work Arrangements

Passage of Increase in California’s Minimum Wage Could Impact More Than Just Hourly, Minimum Wage Workers

On September 25, 2013, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill (Assembly Bill No. 10) that will raise the hourly minimum wage up 25% over the next few years. First, the minimum wage will increase in less than one...more

9/30/2013 - Exempt-Employees Jerry Brown Minimum Wage Misclassification New Legislation Wage and Hour Wages

In the wake of the California Supreme Court's Harris Decision, A FEHA Claimant Must Show Discrimination was a "Substantial...

It now should be clear to employers in California that the litigation rules are different as to what must be presented in discrimination lawsuits to succeed. Notably, just last week, in Alamo v. Practice Management...more

9/12/2013 - Adverse Employment Action Causation Discrimination Employer Liability Issues FEHA Harris v City of Santa Monica Pregnancy Discrimination Termination

Is Your Criminal Screening Process Compliant?

An employer’s reluctance in hiring an applicant with a criminal history is understandable and sensible. Employers have an obligation to ensure a safe workplace, can be fined for failing to enact safeguards against workplace...more

5/31/2013 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Discrimination EEOC FCRA Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Workplace Violence

Federal Jury Finds Executive Recruiter Guilty Stealing Trade Secrets From Former Employer In Order to Start Competing Business

On April 24, 2013, a federal jury in the Northern District of California found former Korn/Ferry International corporate executive recruiter, David Nosal, guilty on six counts of conspiracy, stealing trade secrets, and...more

5/3/2013 - CFAA Jury Trial Trade Secrets

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