October 4, 2018

New Employment Laws Take Effect January 1, 2019

New Employment Laws Take Effect January 1, 2019

Governor Brown recently signed several employment bills into law, with most of them taking effect January 1, 2019 (unless otherwise indicated).

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August 21, 2018

Avoid Common Employee Claims in Seven (Easy) Steps

Avoid Common Employee Claims in Seven (Easy) Steps

Employee complaints are virtually inevitable, but the effort that an employer invests in prevention will pay dividends.  Employers can avoid many of the common employee claims that we see filed in state and federal courts daily by taking preventative steps to treat their workforce correctly and in compliance with federal, state, and local law.

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July 11, 2018

TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT OF 2017 / REVIEW OF CURRENT ESTATE PLAN

TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT OF 2017 / REVIEW OF CURRENT ESTATE PLAN

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017 (the "New Tax Law"), may have an impact on your current estate plan.  Now is a good time for a review of your old estate plan, if you haven't done one recently. Some of the many changes created by the New Tax Law could hurt or be beneficial to your estate plan. Yet every plan is different and the only way to know is to consider a review to determine if you want to make any changes.

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May 22, 2018

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT ALLOWS EMPLOYERS TO REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO WAIVE CLASS ACTION CLAIMS

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT ALLOWS EMPLOYERS TO REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO WAIVE CLASS ACTION CLAIMS

Class action lawsuits are one of the greatest threats employers face in today’s business landscape.  The potential liability in class actions often threatens a company’s survival, because they exponentially increase monetary damage exposure.

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May 4, 2018

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR CLASSIFICATION SEVERELY LIMITED BY CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR CLASSIFICATION SEVERELY LIMITED BY CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

The California Supreme Court dealt a severe blow to businesses, restricting the manner in which workers may be classified as independent contractors.  On April 30, 2018, the Court issued a decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court which significantly limits the ability to classify workers as independent contractors.

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