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Labor and Employment Law
Jan 18 | Labor and Employment Law
This past year brought new laws requiring changes to policies commonly found in California employee handbooks. To ensure compliance with current California law, employers should review and update their handbooks within these first few months of 2021.
Insurance Coverage
2020 | Insurance Coverage
This week, in AXIS Reinsurance Co. v. Northrop Grumman Corp., ____ F.3d ____, 2020 WL 5509743 (9th Cir. Sept. 14, 2020), the Ninth Circuit addressed an important question of first impression: When can an excess insurer second-guess an underlying insurer’s decision to pay a claim? Prior to AXIS Reinsurance, there had been no California or the Ninth Circuit case discussing an excess insurer’s right to make a covered-claims challenge to the exhaustion of underlying insurance, even though policyholders frequently encounter such arguments.
Business Litigation
2020 | Business Litigation
The Ninth Circuit recently reminded companies that they must provide notice to consumers when they change their terms and conditions, even where original terms state that they are subject to change at-will and at any time (i.e. the original contract contains a “change-of-terms” provision). Without express notice to the consumer, any change is unenforceable.
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Newsletter, Insurance Coverage
2013 | Newsletter, Insurance Coverage
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Payne & Fears LLP's Insurance Law Group Summer 2013 newsletter is now available.
Publication, Labor and Employment Law
2013 | Publication, Labor and Employment Law
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"The X(Employee) Factor: Anticipating Collateral Litigation Ramifications When Terminating Employees" was published in the General Counsel Awards supplement.
Publication, Labor and Employment Law
2013 | Publication, Labor and Employment Law
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Las Vegas attorney Chad Olsen co-authored "OSHA Whistleblower Protection" in the July 2013 issue of Nevada Lawyer.
Publication, Business Litigation
2013 | Publication, Business Litigation
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Attorney Jonathan Black authored "California Franchisors Await High Court Ruling" published in the Daily Journal.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2013 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court clarified the definition of supervisor in employee harassment cases under Title VII.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2013 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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Prior to Heyen v. Safeway, there was no published precedential California case law specifically addressing how time spent simultaneously performing concurrent duties, which are both exempt and nonexempt, should be evaluated for purposes of the executive exemption.
Publication, Business Litigation
2013 | Publication, Business Litigation
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Attorney Robert Matsuishi authored "Aryeh Supplies Additional Ammunition for Plaintiffs in the Ever-Expanding Arena of Unfair Competition Claims" in the Spring 2013 issue of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) Report.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2013 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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On February 7, the California Supreme Court decided the issue of whether the federal "mixed-motive" defense applies to employment discrimination claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2012 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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Beginning on January 1, 2013, all employers must have written commission agreements for California employees who are compensated on a commission basis.

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