Payne & Fears

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Jamboree Center
4 Park Plaza, Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614, United States
Contact: Sheenika Gandhi, Director of Marketing
Phone: (949) 851-1100
Fax: (949) 851-1212
Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Utah
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Key California Employment Law Cases: September 2017

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour issues, arbitration, and employment discrimination based on marital status…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

California Extends Parental Leave to Employees of Smaller Companies

Senate Bill 63 significantly expands job-protected leave for millions of Californians. The new law allows employees who work for a company with 20 or more employees within a 75-mile radius to take up to 12 weeks of leave to care…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

California Employers Prohibited from Seeking Applicant Salary Information

Assembly Bill 168 amends the California Equal Pay Act to prohibit an employer from relying on the salary history information of an applicant for employment as a factor in determining whether to make an offer or what salary to…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Politics in the Workplace: Do NFL Players Have Freedom of Speech to Protest at Games?

It’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV and not hear something about the NFL player protests and whether such actions are protected speech under the First Amendment. While these protests started last season, they have grown…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Key California Employment Law Cases: August 2017

Arbitration - Sprunk v. Prisma LLC, No. B268755, 2017 WL 3614265 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 23, 2017) - Summary: Employer waived right to compel arbitration against class members by not timely pursuing arbitration. …more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Buyer Beware: Make Sure Your Copyright Assignment Is Valid

You are in negotiations with a copyright owner to obtain a license to her work, which you want to publish, distribute, and/or license yourself. You want to ensure that you have the right to enforce the copyright against third…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

New California Regulation Protects Transgender Employees

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) recently adopted amendments to the existing regulation on sex discrimination which address transgender identity and expression. Some changes are subtle, including a…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Ninth Circuit Rejects DOL’s “80/20 Rule” for Sidework: What This Means for Employers of Tipped Employees

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) tip-credit guidance, commonly known as the “80/20 rule,” as well as its guidance on tasks unrelated to a tipped occupation. The guidance…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

California Employers Find Little Solace After Trump’s Department of Justice Drops Defense of Obama Overtime Pay Rule

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its defense of a controversial Obama-era overtime exemption rule, just days after a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide permanent injunction blocking…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

California Court of Appeal Issues Important Decision Impacting When Policyholders Can Tap Into Excess Insurance

In Montrose Chemical Corporation of California v. Superior Court , ___ Cal. App. 4th ___, No. B272387, 2017 WL 3772568 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 31, 2017), the California Court of Appeal issued a decision that has the potential to…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Insurance

Nevada’s Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act Becomes Effective October 1, 2017: What Employers Need To Know

Nevada’s Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (NPWFA) expands the scope of protections provided to female employees for conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. The NPWFA takes effect on October 1,…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

New EEOC Lawsuit Highlights the Danger of Providing Unequal Benefits to New Parents Based Upon Gender

On August 30, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") announced that it filed a lawsuit against cosmetics giant Estée Lauder, alleging the company's parental leave program illegally discriminates against new…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Is the Retroactive Statute of Repose for Construction Defect Claims Constitutional?

With the February 24, 2015, enactment of Assembly Bill 125 (2015 Nevada Laws, Ch. 2), much has changed in the world of residential construction defect litigation. One of the most dramatic shifts has been the reduction of the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Construction Law, Products Liability, Real Estate - Residential

Key California Employment Law Cases: July 2017

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour (payment of wages) and civil procedure (class and representative actions). Wage and Hour - Payment of Wages: Minnick v. Auto. Creations, Inc., 2017 WL…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Brief Answers To Frequently Asked Employment- Related Questions

With potential deregulation at the federal level and variance among the states, keeping up with employment law can be challenging. Here are some brief answers to employment-related questions frequently asked by corporate…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
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