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
Precedential Decision Voids Reinsurance Participation Agreement. RPNA recently continued its streak of protecting employers from onerous and unfair terms contained in side-agreements that have ensnared unwitting employers over the past few years. On December 17, 2018, the California Department of Insurance issued a precedential decision in favor of RPNA’s client Platinum Security. The decision found…Details
Another Arbitration Agreement Declared Unenforceable. In a decision handed down yesterday, 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. In 2015, RPNA Partners Joseph Gjonola and Nicholas Roxborough filed suit on behalf of Luxor against Applied in San…Details
Precedential Decisions Void More Unfiled Workers’ Comp Side Agreements. In RPNA’s continuing efforts to serve its local and national employer clients, we are proud to have just won two precedential decisions from the California Department of Insurance (CDOI). Both well-reasoned decisions, which are more than 50 pages long, are signed by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.Details
RPNA’s Nick Roxborough stated, in a recent WorkCompCentral article, that the California Department of Insurance’s pending rules to establish minimum financial strength requirements for carriers writing large-deductible policies falls short in providing transparency to employers regarding how carriers calculate collateral. To illustrate his point, Roxborough cited the case of one of his clients, Pacific States…Details
Nick Roxborough joined Olvera Street merchants and city officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 25 to celebrate the restoration of the 1932 Olympic Cottage. The historic structure was built to house athletes during the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and was later donated to Olvera Street in 1933. Roxborough was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and…Details
Nick Roxborough joined other thought leaders and stakeholders at a public hearing in Oakland last week to support a new Medical-Legal Fee Schedule (MLFS) model for Qualified Medical Evaluators (QMEs) that would raise their compensation to an adequate level.
California just passed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, expanding the data privacy rights of California residents in an unparalleled step. All employers should be aware of the Act and prepared to meet its requirements come January 1, 2020, the date it goes into effect. Put simply, the Act provides consumers who are defined…Details
The California Supreme Court shook up the business world with their decision in Dynamex, a case covering the employer/worker relationship that we have discussed at length in this blog. Until recently, the idea of an independent contractor existed in the California workplace. The test the courts used to determine if the worker was in fact…Details
The world wide web. It seems impossible to remember a time before the internet (and social media) took over. And with employees, millenials particularly, adapting to our digital age with such ease, it is ever-important for California employers to be vigilant regarding how they respond to employee social media usage.