The #MeToo movement has certainly had an impact on how employers do business in California. But even before this, California was long considered to be a trailblazer in the area of sexual harassment law. Indeed, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act mirrors Title VII and employers in other states often look to sexual harassment cases…Details
California’s stringent laws against the enforcement of non-compete agreements and non-solicitation agreements between employers and employees are well-known. Put simply, non-compete agreements and non-solicitation agreements regarding the solicitation of customers are not enforceable, but non-solicitation agreements regarding the solicitation of other employees may be enforced within limited circumstances.
For many businesses, intellectual property is the glue that holds the company together. These assets provide financial – and job – security for many. With this in mind it’s a wonder that so many companies do not have invention assignments in place.
On September 14, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the latest attempt to address the “joint employer” standard under the National Labor Relations Act. The proposed rule states that a separate entity will be considered a joint employer “only if the two employers share or codetermine the…Details
In order to attract the best and the brightest, many companies are offering exceptionally generous perks and benefits, often targeted toward working parents. With the option to spend time at home with your newborn an attractive lure, companies are pitching a range of paid leave options to new parents, including pay for bonding time, medical…Details
Another Arbitration Agreement Declared Unenforceable In a recently published decision, the Court of Appeal refused to enforce the unlawful arbitration clause found in Applied Underwriters’ Reinsurance Participation Agreement (RPA) with Luxor Cabs, one of the oldest cab companies in San Francisco. The decision, originally filed on December 4, 2018, was certified for publication on January 3, 2019, in response to…Details
Applies to All Carrier Agreements In Similar Disputes. The Appellate Court has now published its recent decision in Luxor Cabs, which held that the delegation clause and arbitration provision in Applied Underwriter’s unfiled and unapproved reinsurance participation agreement (RPA) were unenforceable. The implications of this action are significant to California employers. First, now that the…Details
Dozens of Cases Against Applied Underwriters Pending. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) just handed down two more decisions within days following its precedential decision in favor of RPNA’s client Platinum Security. These cases address the same issues that the CDI had ruled on more than two years ago, which ended the dispute over the…Details
Under the ADA, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Indeed, failure to provide an accommodation is considered a form of disability discrimination and can open the business to potential legal claims. So how do you know when you need to provide such an accommodation?
As we have discussed at length in various blog posts (take a look here and here), maintaining employee handbooks is a critical necessity for businesses operating in the every-changing employment law environment of California. Preparing, maintaining, and updating a handbook that reflects the policies of your company and your operations takes time and expertise, and…Details