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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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Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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On May 18, 2009, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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In the decision 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett, the United States Supreme Court held that a provision in a collective bargaining agreement expressly requiring union member to arbitrate age-discrimination claims is enforceable.
Publication, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Publication, Labor and Employment Law
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On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("the Act"), in an attempt to provide economic stimulus to the nation's economy. Among the provisions of the Act are important changes to the continuation coverage of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 ("COBRA").
Publication, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Publication, Labor and Employment Law
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With unemployment growing and more companies downsizing, it is important to be prepared for a lay-off.
Legal Alert, Business Litigation
2009 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
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On February 20, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law the “California Foreclosure Prevention Act.”
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
A businessman standing in the window of a high-rise building reading urgent business documents.
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“the Act”), attempting to provide economic stimulus to the nation’s economy. Among the provisions of the Act are important changes to the continuation coverage of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”).
Interview, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Interview, Labor and Employment Law
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Are female attorneys at a greater risk for being laid off during a recession? That is a question explored by Anna Collins in her February 24, 2009 column on TheGlassHammer.com.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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On January 23, 2009, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, published its decision in Cristler v. Express Messenger Systems, Inc., providing further guidance on the distinctions between an employee and an independent contractor.
Interview, Labor and Employment Law
2009 | Interview, Labor and Employment Law
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Layoffs are not the only option for corporations facing the need to cut costs. Alternatives include mandatory furloughs, reduced work weeks and flexible work arrangements; however, employers must implement these strategies while keeping state and federal wage-and-hour laws in mind.

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