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California Law Significantly Expands' Employer's Obligation to Provide Employees with Sexual Harassment Training

For more than a decade prior to 2019, California law only obligated relatively large employers with fifty or more employees to provide sexual harassment training to just supervisory level employees. Beginning this year, California law dramatically expanded these training requirements.

Three factors that affect the initial and ongoing cost of a home

For some people in California, purchasing a home is just another business transaction. For others, it is a sign of the ultimate achievement of the American Dream. Regardless of whether this is a person’s first or fiftieth real estate transaction, certain factors may affect the initial or ongoing cost of owning the home. Here are a few factors to keep in mind.

Homeowners should always verify if the house is on a floodplain. Note that even deserts have floodplains, so it is important not to let terrain and climate distract buyers from asking the question. According to Business Insider, FEMA posts online maps that show whether or not the property sits in a flood plain. This can make flood insurance necessary, which makes the house more expensive to own.

General Contractors: New Labor Code Provisions You Must Know

California Assembly Bill 1701 ("AB 1701") was signed into law on October 14, 2017, and significantly expanded potential liability of general contractors for unpaid subcontractor wage claims on construction projects.

"On Call" Employees Must Be Paid For Calling In To See If They Are Required To Work

In February 2019, the California Court of Appeals held that an employer must compensate employees a minimum of two hours of pay if they are required to call in to work prior to their shift to see if they are scheduled to work that day.

Business litigation and insomnia

There are all sorts of reasons why some business owners lose sleep at night, whether they are stressed out about the future of their company, an incident that recently occurred in the workplace, staff members or any other business-related matter. However, when a lawsuit surfaces, this can be a major source of anxiety and some business owners develop insomnia due to stress about the case. To make things worse, losing sleep at night can adversely impact a business owner’s ability to prepare for litigation and it may prevent them from doing everything they can to pursue a more favorable end result.

If your business is being taken to court because of a dispute related to employment, a disagreement involving one of your business partners or a competitor, it is absolutely essential to keep your focus and do what is necessary to work toward an optimal resolution. Unfortunately, you may be dealing with various stressors and a high level of anxiety, which could make it difficult for you to fall asleep. Or, you may find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and unable to return to sleep.

Ninth Circuit Delivers Justice, And A Serving Of Cold Pizza, In Latest ADA Ruling

The Americans with Disabilities Act (the "ADA") established a national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Title III of the ADA entitles all individuals to the "full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation by any person who owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of public accommodation."

When a construction worker decides to take legal action

For those who own construction companies, legal matters involving their business can arise for countless reasons. However, when staff members decide to pursue legal action, it can be especially challenging to handle the case. Construction workers may decide to move forward with a lawsuit because they were involved in a work-related accident which led to an injury, or they may file a lawsuit over allegations of discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations or some other type of employee rights violation. These cases can be detrimental for those who run large construction firms as well as small contractors.

If your construction company is being taken to court by a current or former worker, it is important to prepare for the case. Sometimes, litigation can be avoided by talking to the worker about their issues and resolving the dispute out of court. However, litigation cannot always be avoided and it can be very contentious, in some instances. Our law office is very familiar with the different hurdles that contractors encounter in the courtroom and we know how devastating an unsuccessful outcome can be. Fortunately, there may be a number of strategies to resolve these cases efficiently and minimize the financial impact of the case.

Don't Press Your Luck With Press Releases Regarding Pending Company Lawsuits

Because Southern California companies have enough to worry about what with employment lawsuits, traffic, and the ever-present possibility of a light sprinkle, it is crucial to avoid any mistakes that could expose your company to liability in the dissemination of a press release.

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