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Proposed Amendment to FMLA Spouse Definition

Proposed Amendment to FMLA Spouse Definition Last year, in the case of United States v. Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional.  The President instructed the Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure the decision, including its implications for federal benefits and […]

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Federal Contractors – New Executive Orders Regarding Retaliation

Here is an interesting article from our friends at Thomson Reuters regarding two new Executive Orders recently signed by President Obama: The first is Executive Order No. 13665 (79 Fed. Reg. 20,749, Apr. 11, 2014), which prohibits retaliation by covered federal contractors and subcontractors against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose details of […]

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Employment Law:Workplace Gambling

Employment Law – Workplace Gamling Although employers do not think about employees when we think about basketball, the annual frenzy of “March Madness” (the NCAA men’s basketball tournament) has changed that perspective. The outplacement firm that reports the basketball tournament’s potential cost to employers drew headlines this year with it’s calculation of a 1.2 billion […]

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Setting Expectations for Your Small Business Employees in California

California Employment Law Blog Series #3 In our last blog in the California Employment Law blog series, we touched on the differences between employees, independent contractors and interns. As we discussed, each business relationship has benefits and drawbacks, as a result, it is important to carefully consider your needs as a business owner before jumping […]

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Employment Law – Workplace Romance and Privacy

Employment Law – Workplace Romance and Privacy

Employment Law In a recent survey taken by Vault.com’s, (“2014 Office Romance Survey”), 56 percent of survey participants said they engaged in a workplace romance.  The survey also evidenced that both men and women equally participated in a workplace romance. While office romance is often sweetly and innocuously portrayed in novels and films, in reality, […]

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Employment Law – Employees, Independent Contractors and Interns

California Employment Law Blog Series #2 Welcome back to our California Employment Law blog series! In our last post we brought up several of the typical questions business owners have about working with employees while doing business in California. Over the coming weeks we will be tackling some of these questions. Misclassification of the people […]

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California Employment Law Generally

California Employment Law Blog Series #1 The rules and regulations that comprise California employment law can be confusing, complicated and apply in a wide variety of surprising situations.  If you are an employer in California and are unsure about how the employment laws in California apply to your business, you’ve come to the right place. […]

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San Diego Business Law – Liability, Risk and Insurance

In this week’s edition of our San Diego business Law Blog series we will address the relationship between personal liability exposure for business debts and the types of business entities available to San Diego business owners. As we discussed in our previous blogs, if you are doing business in California, there are four major business […]

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Extension of an Employee’s Probationary Period

An employer’s extension of a recently-retained employee is not an action employers summarily or frequently take.  Oftentimes the employer is afraid to modify its probationary period policy for fear of repercussions if it/he/she does so.  Other times, the employer simply does not have sufficient information to form a viable decision.   Nonetheless, employers may reach this […]

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New Pregnancy Leave Obligations and Rights FEHA & PDLL

The California Second District Court of Appeal’s decision in Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc., No. B237761, will have a significant impact employment law and the way employers handle employees requiring pregnancy leave. On February 21, 2013, the court determined, for the first time, that an employee is entitled to reasonable accommodation for a disability under the […]

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