Employee bonuses sound like a great thing if your company can afford it.  The bonuses are given for a variety of reasons: motivating employees, showing appreciation, or trying to help boost company morale.  By definition a bonus is something “extra” and an employer is not required to pay a bonus to employees.  However, bonuses are governed by state and federal wage and hour laws.  Specifically, in California employers need to be aware of how bonuses may impact...
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially referred to as “Obamacare.” ACA has numerous provisions, some of which are currently in effect and some of which will take effect in the next several years. The most recognized and disputed of these provisions is the “individual mandate.” This particular provision requires individuals, unless exempted, to maintain a certain level of health insurance...
By Dane J. Bitterlin The California legislature was as productive as ever in 2011, churning out a host of new employment-related regulations to take effect in 2012. Many of these regulations will have a negligible impact on the daily operations of local businesses, but there are a few that could prove problematic for the uninformed employer.
By Jarod A. Cauzza
By Jarod A. Cauzza
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Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court decided in AT&T Mobility Inc. v. Concepcion that companies can enforce a contract provision that requires customers to arbitrate their disputes individually. Many feared this decision could effectively end consumer class action lawsuits. This article discusses the analyses the Court’s decision and its likely ramifications for class actions in various contexts.
By Matthew R. Souther Once the decision has been made to terminate a marital relationship, there are four (4) extremely important Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders (“ATROs”) by which both husband and wife must abide. These four ATROs become immediately effect upon the filing of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
What You Need to Know and How to be Prepared  The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), a part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), advances health information technology by incentivizing the use of electronic health records (EHR).  More importantly, however, it increases the protection afforded to electronic protected health information (PHI) by strengthening and expanding HIPAA.