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Updating Employee Policies and Procedures

It is critical for employers to update policies and procedures to comply with the latest local, state, and federal laws and regulations.  Clear and updated policies and procedures provide direction to employees and protection for employers. Below is a summary of several updates California employers should consider in 2019 and beyond. Sexual Harassment Policy The […]

What Makes a Great Lawyer?

Good lawyers have mastered and understand the analytical and communication skills taught in law school, but great lawyers build upon this foundation by continuing to develop traits and skills for success. Here are five tips to help good lawyers enhance client outcomes and excel within their profession. Be Objective Lawyers cannot be effective advocates unless […]

Shareholders Rights and Responsibilities

Shareholders have many legal rights, but they are not all of equal significance. First, it is important to note that in California, shareholders of closely held corporations have the same rights as those with interests in ordinary corporations. Minority shareholders have the right to inspect a corporation’s record of shareholders. Those who hold either (a) […]

ADA Compliance Checklist For Your Business

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities against discrimination in three important settings: Employment (ADA Title I) Government Services and Public Transportation (ADA Title II) Commercial Facilities and Places of Public Accommodation (ADA Title III) Since business owners typically act as both employers and facility managers, they must pay careful attention to […]

Holiday Visitation Suggestions

As December approaches, the holiday season takes off in full effect. With holiday joy and festivities also often comes stress, particularly associated with custodial issues if you are a divorced or single parent.   A clear and thorough holiday visitation agreement can help to greatly reduce your holiday stress by laying out clear plans for […]

Personal Injury Claims – The Basics

Personal injury claims can manifest in multiple ways, and while procedurally many may be similar, no two cases are ever exactly alike.  The basis of all personal injury claims is a person suffering some injury or harm. The laws related to personal injury claims are in place to allow for the party at fault to […]

Importance of Employment Contracts

  Employment contracts are often used as a means to convey the terms and conditions of employment and the capacity in which an employee is being hired, along with the corresponding job responsibilities.  These contracts also include important information such as the employment term, compensation and benefits, and terms and conditions for termination of an […]

The California Supreme Court Rejects the De Minimis Doctrine: Why Every California Employer Should be Concerned

The California Supreme Court recently ruled in Troester v. Starbucks Corporation that the de minimis doctrine found in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act is not incorporated into California law. The Supreme Court’s denial of the application of the de minimis doctrine in this case means businesses may be exposed to liability for employees’ uncompensated […]

Supervised Visitation Guidelines

Supervised child visitation can present unique challenges for both the parents and children involved in the process. Both the custodial and noncustodial parent have responsibilities that they must meet in order to ensure that they comply with the terms of court ordered visitation. Navigating the process of monitored child visitation can be an experience that […]