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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, Business Litigation
Feb 23 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
California recently enacted legislation that markedly increases disclosure requirements for commercial landlords regarding accessibility compliance.
Publication, Labor and Employment Law
Feb 13 | Publication, Labor and Employment Law
San Francisco associate Jonathan Black, and Silicon Valley partner, Rod Sorensen, authored an informative article on the topic of attorney-client privilege, providing clarity into the complexity and potential issues of privileged communication shared between companies and their general counsel.
Interview, Labor and Employment Law
Feb 10 | Interview, Labor and Employment Law
Rod Sorensen, managing partner of the Silicon Valley office of Payne & Fears, was interviewed by The National Law Journal. Regarding the popular legal topic - whistleblower claims.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jan 09 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
On December 9, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ("Ordinance").
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jan 04 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
The California Legislature continues to be very active in passing pro-employee legislation, creating additional compliance burdens and litigation risks for employers.
Resource, Labor and Employment Law
Jan 01 | Resource, Labor and Employment Law
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) - California
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2016 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
A federal district court in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction barring the U.S. Department of Labor DOL from enforcing its Final Rule implementing higher salary requirements to qualify for an overtime exemption.
Publication, Business Litigation
2016 | Publication, Business Litigation
Attorneys Benjamin Nix and David Grant authored "The Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Use Is It In California?" for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) Fall 2016 Report.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2016 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Another city has added to the burdens of doing business in California by passing its own paid sick leave and minimum wage requirements not always consistent with state law. On June 7, 2016, voters approved an ordinance mandating paid sick leave and raising the minimum wage for employees working within the City of San Diego.

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