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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
2020 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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In a pair of overlapping opinions issued today – Ward v. United Airlines, Inc. and Oman v. Delta Air Lines, Inc. – the California Supreme Court addressed a wide variety of unsettled questions in California wage-and-hour law.
Article, Business Litigation
2020 | Article, Business Litigation
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The window for getting up to speed on California Consumer Privacy Act requirements is rapidly closing. The state Attorney General’s final version of the regulations goes into effect on July 1. This article provides a practical checklist for your company to evaluate now.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2020 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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Over the past few months, guidance on how to create a safer, low-risk workplace has frequently changed. Fortunately, the state of California has finally reached a point where comprehensive and concrete advice is now available.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2020 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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Yesterday, a California Court of Appeal found that Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) equal access standards for public accommodations can apply to websites, at least when there is a strong enough link between the website and accessing the business’s physical location, goods, or services.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2020 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its technical assistance guidance for employers.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2020 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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Today, the United States Supreme Court held that the Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Article, Labor and Employment Law
2020 | Article, Labor and Employment Law
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Businesses contemplating moving to a virtual workplace in this post-COVID-19 world must consider the legal ramifications of such decisions. Virtual workplaces may provide businesses with many benefits, such as cost savings, access to a more geographically diverse worker pool and the possibility of more flexible employment relationships. But a virtual workplace may also include hidden employment-related issues, costs, and traps. This is especially so for California-based companies.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
2020 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
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On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into legislation the bipartisan bill titled the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA). The PPPFA modifies the Paycheck Protection Program, which was first introduced under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The modifications provide borrowers more control over the use of funds and make it easier to obtain forgiveness. The following is a summary of the key changes.
Article, Labor and Employment Law
2020 | Article, Labor and Employment Law
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Managing remote workers comes with its share of challenges. The complexities of setting and articulating expectations in a remote work environment – and providing feedback about performance tied to those expectations - adds an additional burden to our already-crowded work lives, particularly for managers who are new to remote supervisory roles.

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