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  • Bankruptcy
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100+ Attorneys

Recent Changes to the Tax Matters Partner Designation May Prove Costly to the Unwary

One choice all joint venture devotees face in negotiating each new venture is who to designate as the tax matters partner. Recent changes to the law make this decision much more important and may prove costly to those who are…more

Audits, Bipartisan Budget, IRS, Joint Venture, Partnership Agreements

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New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted…more

Ban the Box, EEOC, Forum Selection, Hospitality Industry, Marijuana

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An Appeal of a Bankruptcy Sale Order May Be Moot Regardless of Whether the Seller Actually Had the Authority to Sell the Assets

A pair of recent decisions by the Ninth Circuit in In re Mortgages Ltd. underscore the power of the equitable mootness doctrine and the importance of obtaining stays of bankruptcy court orders to avoid having appeals of the…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Equitable Mootness, Investors, Mortgages

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Funds and Investment Advisers: Changes Coming in AML Compliance

Anti-money laundering (AML) regulation has continued to evolve since it was introduced in 1970 under the broad regulatory scheme commonly known as the Bank Secrecy Act. While funds and investment advisers have not been subject…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, Financial Institutions, FinCEN, Investment Adviser

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Net Neutrality Applies to Cell Networks

In February, the FCC enacted new rules governing network neutrality that could have a profound influence on the telecommunications industry. The FCC’s new rules will extend its current purview and will encompass cell networks in…more

Broadband, FCC, Net Neutrality, New Regulations, Telecommunications

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2016 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

This past year, the California Legislature enacted a number of new laws that either took effect immediately or will become effective in 2016. Among the most significant are the following: AB 1506: Employers Given Time to…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, E-Verify, Fair Pay Act, FEHA, Labor Commissioners

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Enforceability Of Exclusive Forum Bylaw May Hinge On The Meaning Of “May”

No California appellate court has yet addressed the validity of forum selection bylaws in a published decision. When the question comes before a California appellate court, the outcome may turn on the meaning of “may” in…more

Bylaws, Corporations Code, Foreign Corporations, Forum Selection Clause

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California Governor Signs Four Bills Affecting Density Bonus Projects

On September 28, 2016, Governor Brown signed new legislation relating to the construction of affordable and market-rate housing. Although AB 2501 has drawn the most attention from commentators and the media, AB 2442 and AB 2556…more

Affordable Housing, Bonuses, Construction Industry, Incentives, Jerry Brown

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New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted…more

Ban the Box, EEOC, Forum Selection, Hospitality Industry, Marijuana

See all updates »

Immediate Action Required: California Commercial Landlords Must Provide Accessibility Disclosures During Lease Negotiations

Assembly Bill No. 2093 is in effect.* It amended Civil Code Section 1938 to require landlords to provide prospective tenants with any report and/or disability access inspection certificate issued by a Certified Access Specialist…more

Accessibility Rules, CASp, Commercial Leases, Commercial Real Estate Market, Commercial Tenants

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Important Wetlands Permitting News: U.S. Supreme Court Allows Pre-Permit Challenges to Approved Jurisdictional Determinations

In a major new legal development for the Clean Water Act's Section 404 wetlands permitting program, landowners can now challenge the federal government's claim that areas targeted for fill are "waters of the United States"…more

Administrative Appeals, Administrative Procedure Act, Clean Water Act, EPA, Final Judgment

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Two Recent Decisions Potentially Expand Fraudulent Transfer Exposure in Ponzi Schemes

Two recent decisions from the Fifth Circuit and Eighth Circuit could expand the fraudulent transfer exposure of unknowing third parties that provide goods, services, or funding to companies operating Ponzi schemes. Janvey…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors, Debtors, Enforcement Actions, Fraudulent Transfers

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Court Upholds Validity of Landmark Water Transfer Agreement Providing Greater Certainty to California's Water Supply

On June 4, 2013, the Sacramento County Superior Court issued its much-anticipated ruling in the QSA Coordinated Civil Cases, upholding the validity of the historic Quantification Settlement Agreement and related agreements (the…more

CEQA, Water, Water Rights

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Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Evidence of a decline in electricity use by U.S. households - Haas Energy Institute - May 8 - Between 1950 and 2010, U.S. residential electricity consumption per capita increased…more

Electricity, Energy Efficiency, SGIP, Solar Energy, Sustainability

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Will Your Indemnity Clauses be Unenforceable on January 1, 2013?

Amendments to California’s construction indemnity statutes will go into effect on January 1, 2013. Your commercial construction contracts may need to be modified or other strategies may need to be implemented or your indemnity…more

Contractors, Indemnity Agreements, Subcontractors

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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - California cracks down on last beachfront sand mining operation in U.S. - San Jose Mercury News - May 16 - On Tuesday, the California State Lands Commission issued a demand to the…more

Cap-and-Trade, Environmental Policies, Fishing Industry, State Funding, Water

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The DIR Calls Timeout On Its New Electronic Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently issued a follow-up notice to public works contractors and agencies to clarify the DIR's current enforcement of its Electronic Certified Payroll (eCPR)…more

Contractors, Department of Industrial Relations, Labor Commissioners, Payroll Records, Public Works

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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - California cracks down on last beachfront sand mining operation in U.S. - San Jose Mercury News - May 16 - On Tuesday, the California State Lands Commission issued a demand to the…more

Cap-and-Trade, Environmental Policies, Fishing Industry, State Funding, Water

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Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - EIA charts utility-scale solar’s ‘rapid’ five-year growth - Solar Industry Magazine - May 4 - U.S. utility-scale solar installations, including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal…more

CalPERS, EIA, Electric Vehicles, Energy Sector, Photovoltaic

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Commercial Landlords in San Francisco Beware

Chapter 38 of the San Francisco Administrative Code imposes new requirements on commercial leasing activities (both new leases and amendments of existing leases) in San Francisco where the leased premises contain 7,500 square…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Commercial Leases, Landlords, Notice Requirements

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Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - EIA charts utility-scale solar’s ‘rapid’ five-year growth - Solar Industry Magazine - May 4 - U.S. utility-scale solar installations, including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal…more

CalPERS, EIA, Electric Vehicles, Energy Sector, Photovoltaic

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SEC to Focus on Firms Hiring Those with Disciplinary History

SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has recently issued a risk alert to registered investment advisers indicating their intent to focus on compliance oversight and controls with respect to the…more

Compliance, Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure, Fiduciary Duty, Hiring & Firing

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Two Recent Decisions Potentially Expand Fraudulent Transfer Exposure in Ponzi Schemes

Two recent decisions from the Fifth Circuit and Eighth Circuit could expand the fraudulent transfer exposure of unknowing third parties that provide goods, services, or funding to companies operating Ponzi schemes. Janvey…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors, Debtors, Enforcement Actions, Fraudulent Transfers

See all updates »

2017 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

In 2016, California passed a slew of labor and employment laws affecting businesses across the state and their personnel policies and practices. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Ban the Box, Decriminalization of Marijuana, DOL, Domestic Violence

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New Legislation (AB 802) To Replace Existing Energy Use Disclosure Law (AB 1103)

On Thursday, October 8, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802). AB 802 creates a new energy use disclosure program for the State of California, and replaces the existing law, Assembly Bill 1103 (AB…more

Benchmarking, California Energy Commission, Commercial Buildings, Energy Consumption, Energy Use Disclosure Requirements

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2017 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

In 2016, California passed a slew of labor and employment laws affecting businesses across the state and their personnel policies and practices. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Ban the Box, Decriminalization of Marijuana, DOL, Domestic Violence

See all updates »

New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted…more

Ban the Box, EEOC, Forum Selection, Hospitality Industry, Marijuana

See all updates »

Commercial Landlords in San Francisco Beware

Chapter 38 of the San Francisco Administrative Code imposes new requirements on commercial leasing activities (both new leases and amendments of existing leases) in San Francisco where the leased premises contain 7,500 square…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Commercial Leases, Landlords, Notice Requirements

See all updates »

New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted…more

Ban the Box, EEOC, Forum Selection, Hospitality Industry, Marijuana

See all updates »

Supreme Court Reaffirms a Chapter 7 Debtor's Inability to Strip a Lien Against Real Property

Reaffirming its 1992 decision in Dewsnup v. Timm, on June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in Bank of America v. Caulkett, No. 13-1421, once again ruled that a chapter 7 debtor may not void a junior lien under Bankruptcy Code…more

Bank of America v. Caulkett, Chapter 11, Chapter 7, Consumer Bankruptcy, Dewsnup

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California Supreme Court Rejects "New Project" Test for Modifications to Previously Approved Projects

On September 19, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo Community College District (Case No. S214061). The Supreme Court held that…more

CA Supreme Court, CEQA, Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Environmental Review, Standard of Review

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State Agencies Cannot Declare Mitigation of Project Impacts Infeasible Based Solely on the Lack of Legislative Appropriations

A public agency may not rely solely on a request to the Legislature to appropriate funding to mitigate a project's adverse environmental impacts and conclude that mitigation is infeasible because the funding cannot be…more

Appropriation, CEQA, Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Mitigation, San Diego

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Net Neutrality Applies to Cell Networks

In February, the FCC enacted new rules governing network neutrality that could have a profound influence on the telecommunications industry. The FCC’s new rules will extend its current purview and will encompass cell networks in…more

Broadband, FCC, Net Neutrality, New Regulations, Telecommunications

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Good News for Taxpayers: California 1031 Exchange Decision

The California State Board of Equalization (Board) recently issued a favorable decision in an important Section 1031 exchange case. As an elected body of five members, the Board hears appeals in California tax cases where the…more

Franchise Tax Board, Section 1031 Exchange, State Tax Equalization Boards, Tax Appeals, Tenancy-in-Common

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Immediate Action Required: California Commercial Landlords Must Provide Accessibility Disclosures During Lease Negotiations

Assembly Bill No. 2093 is in effect.* It amended Civil Code Section 1938 to require landlords to provide prospective tenants with any report and/or disability access inspection certificate issued by a Certified Access Specialist…more

Accessibility Rules, CASp, Commercial Leases, Commercial Real Estate Market, Commercial Tenants

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McMillin Albany, LLC v. Superior Court Rejects Reasoning and Outcome of Liberty Mutual on SB800

In McMillin Albany, LLC v. Superior Court (available here), the Fifth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal held that SB800 (Civil Code sections 895 through 945.5, the “Right to Repair Act”) is the only remedy…more

Construction Defects, Construction Industry, Exclusive Remedy, Right to Repair, Statute of Limitations

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Mutual Water Companies: A Water Supply Option for Multifamily and Residential Developments

With the ongoing drought in California, multifamily and residential subdivision developers who encounter difficulties in obtaining water service commitments for their projects from existing water suppliers may consider…more

Construction Industry, Subdivision, Water, Water Supplies

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A Secured Lender Must Receive Default Interest Under a Chapter 11 Plan Purporting to Cure a Defaulted Loan in the Ninth Circuit

A recent Ninth Circuit decision overturned earlier case law allowing debtors to avoid paying default interest when a defaulted loan was "cured" through a confirmed plan of reorganization. In Pacifica L 51 LLC v. New…more

Bankruptcy Code, Borrowers, Chapter 11, Debtors, Interest Rates

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California Governor Signs Four Bills Affecting Density Bonus Projects

On September 28, 2016, Governor Brown signed new legislation relating to the construction of affordable and market-rate housing. Although AB 2501 has drawn the most attention from commentators and the media, AB 2442 and AB 2556…more

Affordable Housing, Bonuses, Construction Industry, Incentives, Jerry Brown

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Army Corps Jurisdictional Determinations Subject to Pre-Permit Judicial Review, Eighth Circuit Says

EPA and Army Corps of Engineers imposition of federal Clean Water Act requirements can now be challenged in court without waiting for the agencies to bring an enforcement action, at least in the Eighth Circuit. On April 10, in a…more

Clean Water Act, Enforcement Actions, EPA, Final Action, Judicial Review

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Prevailing Wages: Beware of Fee Waivers Even When They are Not Waived

In a surprising determination by the Department of Industrial Relations ("DIR"), a development was found to be a "public work" under Labor Code Section 1771 when a developer, in compliance with a fee ordinance, constructed…more

Construction Contracts, Land Developers, Public Works, Waivers

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2017 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

In 2016, California passed a slew of labor and employment laws affecting businesses across the state and their personnel policies and practices. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Ban the Box, Decriminalization of Marijuana, DOL, Domestic Violence

See all updates »

Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative Restricts Criminal History Inquiries By Employers Effective January 22, 2017

On December 9, 2016, the City of Los Angeles enacted the Fair Chance Initiative Ordinance, a "ban the box" law that significantly restricts employers when conducting a criminal background check or taking adverse employment…more

Ban the Box, City of Los Angeles, Criminal Background Checks, Fair Chance Act, Hiring & Firing

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A Secured Lender Must Receive Default Interest Under a Chapter 11 Plan Purporting to Cure a Defaulted Loan in the Ninth Circuit

A recent Ninth Circuit decision overturned earlier case law allowing debtors to avoid paying default interest when a defaulted loan was "cured" through a confirmed plan of reorganization. In Pacifica L 51 LLC v. New…more

Bankruptcy Code, Borrowers, Chapter 11, Debtors, Interest Rates

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California Supreme Court Rules that Texts and Emails on Personal Devices May Be Considered Public Records

The California Supreme Court recently held in City of San Jose v. Superior Court, California Supreme Court Case No. S218066, that public employees' digital messages existing in private electronic devices (e.g., smartphones and…more

City of San Jose, Corporate Counsel, Digital Media, Electronic Devices, Email

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New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted…more

Ban the Box, EEOC, Forum Selection, Hospitality Industry, Marijuana

See all updates »

2017 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

In 2016, California passed a slew of labor and employment laws affecting businesses across the state and their personnel policies and practices. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Ban the Box, Decriminalization of Marijuana, DOL, Domestic Violence

See all updates »

Net Neutrality Applies to Cell Networks

In February, the FCC enacted new rules governing network neutrality that could have a profound influence on the telecommunications industry. The FCC’s new rules will extend its current purview and will encompass cell networks in…more

Broadband, FCC, Net Neutrality, New Regulations, Telecommunications

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Five Holiday Season Tips for Retail Landlords - Updated

The holiday season brings many desirable things to a retail center: a fresh holiday look, a sense of excitement and anticipation, and most importantly — more traffic and customers. Along with these benefits, the holidays also…more

Commercial Leases, Commercial Real Estate Market, Commercial Tenants, Holidays, Landlords

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Commercial Landlords in San Francisco Beware

Chapter 38 of the San Francisco Administrative Code imposes new requirements on commercial leasing activities (both new leases and amendments of existing leases) in San Francisco where the leased premises contain 7,500 square…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Commercial Leases, Landlords, Notice Requirements

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Five Holiday Season Tips for Retail Landlords - Updated

The holiday season brings many desirable things to a retail center: a fresh holiday look, a sense of excitement and anticipation, and most importantly — more traffic and customers. Along with these benefits, the holidays also…more

Commercial Leases, Commercial Real Estate Market, Commercial Tenants, Holidays, Landlords

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California Supreme Court Rejects Mandatory "Reverse CEQA" Analysis

The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited opinion on December 17, 2015, in California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District (CBIA v. BAAQMD), commonly referred to as the "Reverse…more

Bay Area Air Quality Management District, CA Supreme Court, California Building Industry Association (CBIA), CEQA, Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

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Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Holds that an Oversecured Creditor Is Entitled to Default Interest After the Petition Date and Before Plan Confirmation

In Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Beltway One Dev. Grp., LLC (In re Beltway One Dev. Grp., LLC), 547 B.R. 819 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2016), the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel recently held that an oversecured creditor is entitled…more

Appeals, Bankruptcy Court, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debtors, Default

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2015 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

The California Legislature enacted a number of new bills that become effective in 2015. Among the most significant are the following..…more

Arbitration, Child Labor, Civil Monetary Penalty, Discrimination, Employment Contract

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Single-User Toilet Facilities in Any Business Establishment, Place of Public Accommodation, or Government Agency Must Be Identified as All-Gender

Assembly Bill No. 1732 (Ting, Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016) was signed into law on September 29, 2016, and went into effect on March 1, 2017. It added Section 118600 to Chapter 5 of Part 15 of Division 104 of the Health and…more

Building Codes, Gender Identity, Health and Safety, Restroom Legislation

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Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Union of Concerned Scientists tracks renewables by state - Power Markets Today - Apr 21 - The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report yesterday called "Clean Energy Momentum" that…more

Air Pollution, Apple, Charging Stations, Clean Energy, Electricity

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Top 10 Takeaways from the Ninth Annual Allen Matkins View From the Top

This year has seen fluctuating Asian economies, global immigration and EU power struggles, Brexit, and an unprecedented U.S. presidential election season. What does that mean for real estate investment? The experts who spoke at…more

Real Estate Investments, Real Estate Market

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New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted…more

Ban the Box, EEOC, Forum Selection, Hospitality Industry, Marijuana

See all updates »

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - California cracks down on last beachfront sand mining operation in U.S. - San Jose Mercury News - May 16 - On Tuesday, the California State Lands Commission issued a demand to the…more

Cap-and-Trade, Environmental Policies, Fishing Industry, State Funding, Water

See all updates »

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Evidence of a decline in electricity use by U.S. households - Haas Energy Institute - May 8 - Between 1950 and 2010, U.S. residential electricity consumption per capita increased…more

Electricity, Energy Efficiency, SGIP, Solar Energy, Sustainability

See all updates »

SEC to Focus on Firms Hiring Those with Disciplinary History

SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has recently issued a risk alert to registered investment advisers indicating their intent to focus on compliance oversight and controls with respect to the…more

Compliance, Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure, Fiduciary Duty, Hiring & Firing

See all updates »

Action Required by California Commercial Landlords: New California Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2013, Requiring Accessibility Disclosures in Commercial Leases

On July, 1, 2013, Civil Code Section 1938 goes into effect and requires commercial leases executed on and after such date to disclose whether the premises being leased have been inspected by a Certified Access Specialist, and if…more

Accessibility Rules, Certified Access Specialists, Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Disclosure Requirements

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Implications of Energy Use Disclosure Law on California Real Estate Transactions

The California Energy Commission recently released its proposed regulations under Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802) to replace the now defunct Assembly Bill 1103 (AB 1103), codified as Public Resource Code Section 25402.10. The key…more

Benchmarking, California Energy Commission, Commercial Property Owners, Data Reporting, ENERGY STAR Program

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New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted…more

Ban the Box, EEOC, Forum Selection, Hospitality Industry, Marijuana

See all updates »

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Evidence of a decline in electricity use by U.S. households - Haas Energy Institute - May 8 - Between 1950 and 2010, U.S. residential electricity consumption per capita increased…more

Electricity, Energy Efficiency, SGIP, Solar Energy, Sustainability

See all updates »

2017 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

In 2016, California passed a slew of labor and employment laws affecting businesses across the state and their personnel policies and practices. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Ban the Box, Decriminalization of Marijuana, DOL, Domestic Violence

See all updates »

New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted…more

Ban the Box, EEOC, Forum Selection, Hospitality Industry, Marijuana

See all updates »

2016 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

This past year, the California Legislature enacted a number of new laws that either took effect immediately or will become effective in 2016. Among the most significant are the following: AB 1506: Employers Given Time to…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, E-Verify, Fair Pay Act, FEHA, Labor Commissioners

See all updates »

Net Neutrality Applies to Cell Networks

In February, the FCC enacted new rules governing network neutrality that could have a profound influence on the telecommunications industry. The FCC’s new rules will extend its current purview and will encompass cell networks in…more

Broadband, FCC, Net Neutrality, New Regulations, Telecommunications

See all updates »

2016 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

This past year, the California Legislature enacted a number of new laws that either took effect immediately or will become effective in 2016. Among the most significant are the following: AB 1506: Employers Given Time to…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, E-Verify, Fair Pay Act, FEHA, Labor Commissioners

See all updates »

Implications of Energy Use Disclosure Law on California Real Estate Transactions

The California Energy Commission recently released its proposed regulations under Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802) to replace the now defunct Assembly Bill 1103 (AB 1103), codified as Public Resource Code Section 25402.10. The key…more

Benchmarking, California Energy Commission, Commercial Property Owners, Data Reporting, ENERGY STAR Program

See all updates »

New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted…more

Ban the Box, EEOC, Forum Selection, Hospitality Industry, Marijuana

See all updates »

Top Priorities for BigLaw in 2014? Here's the CMO Perspective...

What will be the top priority for law firms in 2014? The answer depends on whom you ask, of course – and, for our Firm Leadership series, we put the question to chief marketing officers at law firms publishing on JD Supra..…more

Big Law, Client Services, Firm Leadership, Legal Perspectives

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New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted…more

Ban the Box, EEOC, Forum Selection, Hospitality Industry, Marijuana

See all updates »

Immediate Action Required: California Employers Must Update Harassment and Discrimination Policies

Effective April 1, 2016, new California regulations require employers to develop a written, detailed harassment and discrimination prevention and correction policy. For some time, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Anti-Harassment Policies, DFEH, FEHA, New Regulations

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Single-User Toilet Facilities in Any Business Establishment, Place of Public Accommodation, or Government Agency Must Be Identified as All-Gender

Assembly Bill No. 1732 (Ting, Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016) was signed into law on September 29, 2016, and went into effect on March 1, 2017. It added Section 118600 to Chapter 5 of Part 15 of Division 104 of the Health and…more

Building Codes, Gender Identity, Health and Safety, Restroom Legislation

See all updates »

Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative Restricts Criminal History Inquiries By Employers Effective January 22, 2017

On December 9, 2016, the City of Los Angeles enacted the Fair Chance Initiative Ordinance, a "ban the box" law that significantly restricts employers when conducting a criminal background check or taking adverse employment…more

Ban the Box, City of Los Angeles, Criminal Background Checks, Fair Chance Act, Hiring & Firing

See all updates »

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