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Labor and Employment Law
Employers should ensure that harassment training taking place after January 1, 2018 include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Employers should also keep an eye out for the amended harassment training poster to be developed and published by the DFEH.
Insurance Coverage
A California Court of Appeal has confirmed that additional insured endorsements (“AIE”) granting coverage for liability arising out of a named insured’s “ongoing operations,” and in effect during those “ongoing operations,” do not require that the liability arise while the named insured is performing work.
Business Litigation
The Sedona Conference’s recently-published third edition comes at a time when litigants need guidance regarding the last decade’s evolution of technology and the resulting e-discovery obligations. On this front, a number of helpful topics are addressed by the new edition.
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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.
Legal Alert, Insurance Coverage
Sep 08 | Legal Alert, 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.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Sep 07 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Nevada’s Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (NPWFA) expands the scope of protections provided to female employees for conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. The NPWFA takes effect on October 1, 2017. Here are some things that employers need to know before then.

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