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May 16, 2024
Contracts serve as the bedrock upon which deals are built and secured. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or a budding startup, mastering the art of drafting business contracts is essential for safeguarding your interests and fostering fruitful relationships.
May 14, 2024
You might expect that courts do not like to penalize government agencies too much. That expectation became a reality in a recent case in the Ninth Circuit appeals court. In that case, the Ninth Court found that the Social Security Administration (the “SSA”) did not discriminate against an employee—named Ms. Toms—on the basis of her alleged perfume sensitivity disability.
May 13, 2024
The California Supreme Court's recent ruling in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc. has significant implications for employers in the state. The ruling establishes that if an employer can demonstrate it reasonably and in good faith believed it was providing complete and accurate wage statements to its employees, then it has not “knowingly and intentionally” violated California's wage statement law, even if that belief was mistaken. This "good faith" defense is crucial as it can shield employers from substantial penalties for inaccuracies in wage statements. However, the defense requires employers to show they had a reasonable basis for believing their
May 9, 2024
Employment law is a dynamic field, shaped by landmark cases that offer valuable insights for both employers and employees. These cases not only illuminate legal principles but also underscore the importance of proactive measures to foster fair and inclusive workplaces. Here, we delve into five notable cases and extract key lessons that resonate in today's employment landscape.
May 7, 2024
On April 23, 2024, the Department of Labor ("DOL") announced a final rule that raises the salary thresholds for specific overtime exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The new rule affects employees who qualify under the federal rule’s executive, administrative, and professional exemptions (there is some nuance here, but we can skip that for now).
April 30, 2024
On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) finalized a rule that bans virtually all non-competition agreements between a business and their “workers” (more about what a “worker” is below). The new rule would prohibit businesses from restricting a worker’s ability to work for competitor following the worker’s separation from the business.  
April 23, 2024
The Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (the “PWFA”) became effective on June 27, 2023, which mandates that employers with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations for known limitations associated with pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
April 18, 2024
Employment law litigation serves as both a safeguard and a teacher in the realm of workplace dynamics. It not only addresses grievances but also offers invaluable lessons for employers and employees alike. From discrimination and harassment claims to wrongful termination claims, each case brings forth insights that can shape organizational policies and practices. Here, we delve into some key lessons gleaned from employment law litigation, highlighting their significance and implications.
April 16, 2024
On March 25, 2024, the California Supreme Court ruled that an employee's time spent waiting in the employee’s personal vehicle on their employer's premises while undergoing an employer-mandated exit procedure by a security guard, is considered compensable "hours worked" under Wage Order No. 16, section 2(J).
April 11, 2024
Performance reviews are an indispensable tool in the arsenal of every responsible employer. They serve as a mechanism to provide feedback, set goals, and evaluate employee progress. However, navigating the legal complexities surrounding performance reviews requires a thorough understanding of employment laws and best practices. In this article, we summarize the keys to conducting employee performance reviews effectively from a legal standpoint.