Legal Developments

Legal Developments

3/21/2013
Federal and state lawmakers have kept employers on their toes lately. Issues affecting the U.S. workforce have taken center stage at the Capitol, sparking rumors of significant legislative overhaul in the employment arena. However, unbeknownst to many, while the debate on employment law reform gained traction, the California Supreme Court was positioning itself for a more subtle, but equally significant, strike on Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) employment discrimination...
1/8/2013
The Supreme Court’s decision last June confirmed the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), often called ObamaCare, and the President’s re-election in November ensured the law will be implemented in stages through 2014. Nevertheless, despite all of the news coverage, rhetoric and impassioned debate on the subject, most small business owners and entrepreneurs do not understand what impact this eventuality will have on their companies.
5/29/2012
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...
4/15/2012
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...
3/15/2012
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.
2/13/2012
By Jarod A. Cauzza
1/1/2012
By Jarod A. Cauzza
12/30/2011
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12/14/2011
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.
10/7/2011
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.