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Labor and Employment Law
This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour issues, arbitration, and employment discrimination based on marital status.
Insurance Coverage
In Montrose Chemical Corporation of California v. Superior Court, the California Court of Appeal issued a decision that has the potential to upend years of settled law and create confusion about when policyholders can tap into excess insurance for insurance claims that span multiple policy years.
Business Litigation
Last week, the Ninth Circuit in DRK Photo v. McGraw-Hill (9th Cir. Sept. 12, 2017) confirmed that holders of non-exclusive copyright licenses lack standing to sue for infringement regardless of whether the licensee was also nominally assigned the legal title to the work.
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Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
Oct 16 | Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour issues, arbitration, and employment discrimination based on marital status.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Oct 13 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Senate Bill 63 significantly expands job-protected leave for millions of Californians. The new law allows employees who work for a company with 20 or more employees within a 75-mile radius to take up to 12 weeks of leave to care for a new child within one year of the child's birth, adoption or foster care placement. The law applies to both new mothers and new fathers.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Oct 13 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Assembly Bill 168 amends the California Equal Pay Act to prohibit an employer from relying on the salary history information of an applicant for employment as a factor in determining whether to make an offer or what salary to pay.
Article, Labor and Employment Law
Sep 28 | Article, Labor and Employment Law
In supporting the actions of the NFL players, pundits, commentators and even team owners have claimed that the athletes have a right to peacefully protest under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech. Are they right?
Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
Sep 25 | Case Summary, Labor and Employment Law
The August 2017 key California employment law cases involve arbitration and wage and hour issues.
Article, Business Litigation
Sep 18 | Article, Business Litigation
Last week, the Ninth Circuit in DRK Photo v. McGraw-Hill (9th Cir. Sept. 12, 2017) confirmed that holders of non-exclusive copyright licenses lack standing to sue for infringement regardless of whether the licensee was also nominally assigned the legal title to the work.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Sep 18 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) recently adopted amendments to the existing regulation on sex discrimination which address transgender identity and expression.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Sep 18 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) tip-credit guidance, commonly known as the “80/20 rule,” as well as its guidance on tasks unrelated to a tipped occupation.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Sep 11 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its defense of a controversial Obama-era overtime exemption rule, just days after a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide permanent injunction blocking enforcement of the rule.

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