Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements in Employee Handbooks

There is no law that state that companies must have employee handbooks or how often an employee handbook should be updated. However, crafting an employee handbook and frequently reviewing and updating employee handbooks are good ideas once a company has more than two employees. In addition, employers may consider implementing an arbitration agreement within their […]

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2021 COVID-19 SUPPLEMENTAL PAID SICK LEAVE UPDATE

EFFECTIVE MARCH 29, 2021 Employees who work for Employers with more than 25 employees are entitled to up to 80 hours of Paid Sick Leave (PSL).The Employee can make the request for PSL orally or in writing.This leave is retroactive to January 1, 2021 and will run through September 30, 2021.If an Employee took leave […]

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Demographic Pay Data Reporting – Due March 31, 2021

Large employers are now required to provide demographic pay data to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) by March 31, 2021. SB 973 requires private employers of 100 or more employees, that are also required to file the federal EEO-1 report with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), to report demographic and […]

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Coronavirus and Covid-19 Issues and Defenses in Contracts

By Kathleen J. Smith, Civil Litigation Attorney Let’s be clear—Covid 19’s pandemic shutdown may affect your company’s ability to perform its contracts, but it’s no panacea for avoiding all your business obligations. Your contracts may contain variously worded “force majeure” clauses. That doesn’t mean you can ignore paying for services already received. Here is a […]

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Annual Employment Law Update, 2021 – Webinar

The emergence of COVID-19 has changed the world as we once knew it; therefore, it should come as no surprise that the virus would impact employment law as well. California’s ever-changing employment laws will have employers scrambling to keep up in 2021! What are the reporting requirements if someone is exposed to COVID-19 at the […]

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The Latest IRS Mindset – Enforcement (but with a lighter touch since the pandemic)

The IRS Commissioner, Charles “Chuck” Rettig, a former Los Angeles-based tax lawyer of 38-years, diligently made his rounds last year at virtually every major tax conference around the country.  The message –               “I’m an enforcement guy, I’m a taxpayer service guy. I hope to touch every aspect of the tax service.” he said […]

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Big News for the Music Industry – More California Jobs will be Exempt from “ABC” Test

Existing law, commonly known as the “ABC” test and codified by AB 5, makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The hiring entity has the burden of establishing that an individual is an independent contractor, not an employee, under the “ABC test.” Under the existing “ABC” test, a worker will […]

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