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September 24, 2020

Estate Planning and Trust Preparation The SECURE Act

Estate Planning and Trust Preparation The SECURE Act

You may or may not have read that a change in retirement planning has been made by the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which was incorporated into last year’s end-of-year spending bill and signed by the President on December 20, 2019. While we are not able address every piece of legislation that may impact the estate plans of our clients, this new Act is one with such broad impact that we believe it is important enough to make an exception.

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September 14, 2020

EEOC Clarifies What Employers Can (and Can’t) Ask Employees During the Pandemic

EEOC Clarifies What Employers Can (and Can’t) Ask Employees During the Pandemic

Last week the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued further guidance to employers on what can be asked of employees during the pandemic. Caught between trying to make the worksite a safe place while not making inquiries that might violate the law, employers have to tread carefully. The EEOC has clarified that employers can go further during the pandemic to protect the health and safety of their employees. Below is an excerpt of recent guidance offered by the EEOC to help employers continue to navigate the balance between employee safety and privacy.

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September 2, 2020

What Failing to Comply with AB-5 Could Cost Your Business

What Failing to Comply with AB-5 Could Cost Your Business

California Assembly Bill-5 (AB-5), which took effect January 1, 2020 in the State of California, created a three-pronged test to determine whether a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor. This test, referred to as the ABC Test, starts with the presumption that all workers are employees (except in certain specified exempted industries or job functions) unless the company that hires them can prove the following three things:

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September 2, 2020

California Employment Bills to Watch

California Employment Bills to Watch

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires that have plagued California in 2020, California legislators have been hard at work drafting bills that will affect California employers.

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August 7, 2020

The Department of Industrial Relations Issues New Guidance

The Department of Industrial Relations Issues New Guidance

The Department of Industrial Relations ("DIR") recently published "Safe Reopening FAQs for Workers and Employers" to address various workplace-related issues as California proceeds through its Resilience Roadmap.

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