12 Sep
Older Worker
Job Protection to Those Over 40: The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act – What You Need to Know

The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) is a federal law which protects employees 40 years old and over from being forced into signing a release of certain claims. The OWBPA requires that employers provide employees 40 years old and over with information about their rights if the employer requires the employee to sign a...

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24 Aug
Navigating Unemployment Benefits: Maximizing Your Eligibility

Thousands of Californians have lost their jobs or had their hours cut due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The number of unemployment claims in California skyrocketed, with the state processing an average of 106,000 applications per day in the first week of the stay-at-home order. If you lost your job or had your hours cut...

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17 Aug
Recognizing Workplace Discrimination: Taking Action for Fair Treatment

Over the past few years, workplace discrimination has become a hot topic. Companies are becoming more aware of the different kinds of discrimination that can occur in a workplace, including issues relating to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, harassment, pregnancy, and more.  Employers need to understand how to handle unlawful discrimination...

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10 Aug
Safeguarding Intellectual Property: Protecting Your Ideas and Innovations

Imagine a world without innovation. A world where groundbreaking ideas are left unprotected and vulnerable to exploitation, and where creativity and ingenuity are stifled by the fear of theft. Fortunately, we do not live in that world. In today’s society, intellectual property (IP) is recognized as a valuable asset.  IP law protects the creations of...

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27 Jul
Building a Safe and Inclusive Workplace: Preventing Harassment and Promoting Equality

Harassment of any kind has no place in the workplace. Employers have a legal obligation to provide a work environment free from intimidation, insult, or ridicule based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  This obligation is not only required by federal anti-discrimination laws, but it is also good business practice. Harassment can have...

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29 Jun
Intellectual Property Acquisition, Licensing, and Disposition: Protecting Your Company’s Most Valuable Assets

Intellectual property (IP) assets are among the most valuable items companies have. Acquiring, licensing, and disposing of IP can be a very fraught process for many companies that are unfamiliar with the legal process. Many companies today do not fully appreciate the value of their IP, as IP can be even more valuable than physical...

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22 Jun
Regulatory Compliance: Navigating the Complexities of State and Federal Regulations

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15 Jun
Termination and Employment Agreements: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Interests

Under California Labor Code § 2922, California is an at-will employment state with employment that has no specified term being terminated at the will of either party on notice to the other. Things change when an employer has a contract with an employee, however. Whether you are discussing an employment contract, a non-competition agreement, or...

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08 Jun
The Importance of Supervisor Training in Maintaining a Safe and Productive Workplace

Great supervisors are important to workplaces because they can often help elevate the performance of workers and help encourage workers to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. It is important for business owners to understand that not all people have the necessary leadership skills to act as supervisors, so training is highly...

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18 May
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A Comprehensive Guide to Arbitration and Mediation in Employment Disputes

The Judicial Branch of California notes that Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes help people resolve disputes without having to file lawsuits and deal with trials. Arbitration and mediation are perhaps the two most common kinds of ADR, and some people may sign contracts that involve mandatory binding arbitration or mediation that prohibits them from filing...

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