Karina Sterman

Karina Sterman

Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

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Feds Get Technical! Technical! (Sung to Olivia Newton John’s “Let’s Get Physical” of course)

We already know that California’s exempt/non-exempt classification scheme is a complicated system of checks and balances that takes most employers the help of an attorney to traverse. Well, just so we don’t get overly...more

8/7/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Exempt-Employees Hiring & Firing Misclassification Non-Exempt Employees Sales Commissions Time Warner Wage and Hour

“Hello there!” (The absolute worst way to terminate an employee.)

The Internet is abuzz about an incredibly tacky, laughably inappropriate mass email that Microsoft sent to nearly thirteen thousand employees informing them, somewhere deep in the self-serving “it’s not you, it’s me” message,...more

7/24/2014 - Corporate Counsel Email Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Microsoft Popular Termination

Employment Law Reporter – April 2014

In This Issue: Pre-Hire Peril: Avoid Self-Sabotage Through Background Checks: In a joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, these federal agencies have...more

4/11/2014 - Background Checks EEOC FTC Hiring & Firing

TIMING MATTERS: Why an Employee Medical Exam is the Last Step in the Hiring Process

You craft and post a job description that is poetry. It generates a flurry of applications. You are so popular that you have your pick of potentially qualified employees for the position. You sift through the applications and...more

4/9/2014 - ADA EEOC Hiring & Firing Screening Procedures

Employment Law Reporter - August 2013: Don't have rules and policies unless you are prepared to discipline those who break them

In the immortal words of Stephen Covey, the genius who convinced us to micro-organize our lives into fifteen minute increments, "Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying...more

8/13/2013 - Discipline Discrimination Employee Handbooks Hiring & Firing Performance Reviews Personnel Records Recordkeeping Requirements

Employment Law Reporter – April 2013: "We won! Wait, no, we lost!": The Narrative Arc of a Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

An employee (Prock) becomes temporarily but totally disabled by an anxiety disorder, goes out on a disability leave and receives disability benefits. The disability leave is extended by the employee’s doctor several times....more

4/8/2013 - Disability Discrimination Discrimination FEHA Hiring & Firing Reasonable Accommodation Termination

Employment Law Reporter – March 2013: Pregnant With Practical Possibilities

California state courts see an average of ten to twenty employment lawsuits filed every day. Discrimination and wrongful termination claims are still quite prevalent in those filings. The recent California Supreme Court case...more

3/11/2013 - Discrimination Hiring & Firing Performance Reviews Pregnancy Discrimination Termination

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