Best Best & Krieger LLP

Federal Overtime Rules Weigh Heavy on Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor has released final rule changes significantly expanding overtime pay eligibility for salaried employees — raising the current overtime entitlement ceiling from $23,660 annually to $47,476. The move…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Emergency Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regulations Adopted By California Water Commission

Key Principle: Sustainable Management Through Local Efforts - The California Water Commission unanimously adopted a demanding set of regulations to govern the creation and implementation of groundwater sustainability plans…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Takes Effect

Employers Should Immediately Revise Confidentiality Agreements to Comply - The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law by President Obama last week and effective immediately, provides a new federal remedy for trade secret…more
| Civil Remedies, Conflict of Laws, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

The Dramatic Effect of the Department of Labor's New Overtime Rule

Employers Will Need New Policies to Ensure Compliance - Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Labor has updated the regulations governing which executive, administrative and professional employees (white collar…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Best in Law: Know 'What-Ifs' of Every Transaction

A standard part of the pre-flight instructions on every airline is the directive to “look around and identify the nearest exit.” That is good advice, because it allows you to be prepared if things do not go according to plan…more
| Business Organizations

Sweeping Six-Case Win for Water District

Court Upholds Public-Private Groundwater Conservation and Recovery Project That Will Serve Customers Throughout Southern California - A proposed public-private partnership project to pump fresh groundwater, which would…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

New Executive Order Released By California Governor for Long-Term Water Planning Released

State Water Resources Control Board Releases Draft Regulation to Modify Water Conservation Requirements - Mandatory statewide water use restrictions in California would be replaced by a more locally driven set of water…more
| Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

California State Water Board Set to Impose New Drinking Water Fees on Public Water Systems

Public Comments Due June 22 - The State Water Resources Control Board released a series of proposed regulations aimed at increasing total funding for California’s Drinking Water Program and addressing drinking water issues…more
| Energy & Utilities

Demotion Based on Mistaken Belief Deprives Public Employee of Constitutional Rights

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Case Involving Political Campaigning Accusations - A government agency violated the constitutional rights of an employee who was demoted based on the mistaken belief that he violated the…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

The Ethics Advisor: Bad Stuff Sometimes Happens, Even to Good People

Fourth in a series by BB&K Partner Ruben Duran for the Southern California Latino Policy Center Newsletter* Sometimes, it just happens. Tragedy strikes. Disaster hits. Whether self-inflicted or supernaturally caused, when a…more
| Administrative Law

Drone on Drones: Swarm of Local Regulations Approaches

The City of Lompoc is considering a drone ordinance following a citizen complaining about a camera-equipped drone invading his privacy . He indicated that, despite three calls to the police department, he was told nothing could…more
| Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Privacy, Transportation

FPPC Amends Regulations for Conflict of Interest Codes

The Political Reform Act requires all government agencies to adopt and circulate a Conflict of Interest Code showing which positions in the agency involve participation in governmental decision-making. It also must identify…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Auto and Tech Companies Join Forces to Lobby

Automobile and technology heavy weights Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber and Lyft jointly created the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group that will work with both policy makers and the public to promote…more
| Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Cadillac Tax: A Levy in Limbo

The future of the Cadillac tax, a key cost-control mechanism and federal revenue source enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unclear. Though initially set to take effect in 2018,…more
| Health, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

The Basics: Municipal Election Laws

Nationwide, states are seeing an uptick in voter participation. California’s election officials are now preparing for a turnout surge as the state’s June 7 presidential primary nears. Over the last three months, more than…more
| Elections & Politics
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