Legal Developments

Legal Developments

8/31/2007
By David P. Burke
8/20/2007
If your company is subject to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) or the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it is important to recognize these laws impose many obligations beyond the mere duty to provide leave to eligible employees when asked to do so. This is especially important when an employee is potentially subject to an adverse action by the employer. Employers need to ensure compliance with these laws to avoid claims and lawsuits for wrongful termination or retaliation.
8/1/2007
By Hugh A. McCabe Although it may not always be the most pleasant aspect of the job, hiring and firing is an essential part of running every business. In order to prevent potential lawsuits, all employers should be aware of the following simple, although not always obvious, employment law tips.
7/16/2007
In 1998, the California Supreme Court ruled supervisors were not personally liable for damages resulting from wrongful termination or discrimination. The California Supreme Court recently granted review of Jones v. The Lodge at Torrey Pines where a supervisor was held personally liable for retaliation when an employee lost his job. Individual supervisors need to be aware their actions could put their personal assets at risk.
6/18/2007
The U.S. Supreme Court in a recent decision said employees claiming they received disparate treatment based on gender or race must do so within 180 days of the original discriminatory action -- not within 180 days of their last paycheck. The New York Times reported approximately 40,000 pay discrimination cases were brought between 2001 and 2006 and many of them will likely be barred by the Court’s new interpretation of Title VII of 1964 Civil Rights Act.
4/16/2007
By Hugh A. McCabe Employers Need to be on Guard in the Workplace Employers need to be on guard to protect themselves against claims brought for employment discrimination based upon retaliation as California has a liberal view of the employee’s right to sue for retaliation.
3/1/2007
By David P. Burke The deposition of the defendant physician is critical to the successful defense of a medical malpractice or elder abuse claim.  The plaintiff takes the physician’s deposition to evaluate two things: the medicine and the witness talking about the medicine. Like most activities, the keys to the deposition are preparation and execution. The first article in this series will address four areas of preparation that will greatly assist the defense. ...
2/19/2007
By Hugh A. McCabe Attorney fees are often a driving force behind filing a lawsuit. In California, the general rule for attorney fees are each party to a lawsuit must ordinarily pay his or her own attorney fees, unless a specific statue provides otherwise. This premise has even been codified by California Legislature at Code of Civil Procedure section 1021.