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September 26, 2023
On September 6, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to guide the regulation of generative artificial intelligence (“GenAI”) in California. GenAI refers to technology that can be used to create, or generate, content. (Think of ChatGPT!)
September 21, 2023
Mergers and acquisitions have long served as potent strategies for business growth and expansion. The journey from the initial idea to a successfully closed deal involves a series of crucial steps. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just stepping into the world of business, understanding these aspects is essential. This article provides a guide to help business owners of all types navigate the intricate realm of M&A.
September 19, 2023
September 14, 2023, marked the end of California’s State Legislative Session. As expected, the state legislature has passed several employment-law-related bills that will be presented to Governor Gavin Newsom for signature. He will have until October 14, 2023, to either sign or veto the bills. If passed, the bills discussed in this article will be effective from January 1, 2024.
September 14, 2023
In the fast-paced world of business, success hinges on assembling the right team. The process of bringing a new member on board involves far more than a glance at their résumé. Background checks and employment screening can help you assemble the right team—but there are some hard and fast rules that employers must abide by.
September 13, 2023
In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, striking the right balance between workplace productivity and respecting employee rights is paramount for ethical and legal compliance. Discover the crucial insights every business owner should be aware of regarding workplace privacy and surveillance.
September 12, 2023
California is set to become the first state to explicitly ban caste discrimination. Senate Bill 403 (“SB 403”), which was passed last Tuesday, September 5, would integrate “caste” into the definition of “ancestry” as a characteristic protected from discrimination by California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and Fair Employment Housing Act. If signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom before October 14, 2023, the law will go into effect on January 1, 2024.
September 7, 2023
Workplace safety stands as an indispensable cornerstone of any successful business. It is not just a legal obligation but a fundamental responsibility that business owners of all types must accept. The realm of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) regulations and potential violations can be complex, but understanding and implementing safety measures is vital to avoid dire consequences.
September 5, 2023
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has found a staffing agency not liable for alleged mistreatment of two of its female employees at the host employer where they were placed. In Arredondo v. Elwood Staffing Services, Inc., the 5th Circuit Court affirmed summary judgment in favor of the staffing company, Elwood Staffing Services, and released them from the lawsuit.
August 29, 2023
On Friday, August 25, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided to revive a lawsuit alleging that a no-poach clause in McDonald’s franchise agreements violates federal anti-trust laws that had been dismissed by the trial court.
August 22, 2023
Yesterday on Monday, August 21, the California Supreme Court in Raines v. U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group held that businesses that perform employment-related tasks for other companies, such as screening job applicants, can be held for discrimination under state law.