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New Year, New Laws: What Changes Are in Store for 2020

At the beginning of each year, we round up some of the more game-changing laws set to take effect for your review. This year will provide more protections for employees, from the outset of their employment (with a ban on mandatory arbitration clauses) to the end of a discriminatory work experience (with the window to file an administrative claim for such...

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Buyers Beware: AB5 May Add More Costs to Purchasing a Business

It is commonplace for the seller of a business to provide consulting services to the buyer after the sale. Typically, an owner will enter into a consulting agreement whereby the seller will provide transition services after the closing. These transition services include things such as introducing the buyer to vendors, answering questions about the business...

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Terminating a Lease or Raising the Rent? New Laws Landlords Must Know

As a residential landlord, there are already a plethora of laws you must know and abide by. On October 8, 2019, California added two more to be aware of. Assembly Bill 1482 (“AB 1482”) provides two new protections for residential tenants: first, landlords may no longer freely enforce “no fault” terminations of residential leases,...

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Insurance May Cover Negligent Hiring Lawsuits

California businesses face enormous obstacles to profitability. One significant obstacle is the never ending threat of lawsuits by customers, employees, and others. A 2018 decision from the California Supreme Court has provided a ray of hope regarding certain types of lawsuits. In August 2018, the California Supreme Court ruled in Liberty Surplus Insurance...

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Exempt Employees May Need Raises to Remain Exempt in 2020

Many businesses elect to pay certain employees a salary which meets or exceeds the United States Department of Labor’s (DOL) minimum salary, allowing such employees to be exempt from overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (assuming other applicable criteria are also met).  Effective January 1, 2020, that minimum salary will...

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