Author: Lisa Chapman

Employers, beware – Are you prepared for a natural disaster; your employees expect that you are! When a natural disaster hits, businesses are expected to keep their employees safe in the moment of the disaster, and afterwards deal with the legal effects of the event. Employers...

Employers must comply with both Federal and state employment laws and regulations. Most companies face the challenge of keeping up to date with the ever changing landscape of employment laws and regulations which typically vary from state to state. While there are a host of...

You may have noticed a new trend - a lot of potential employees are offering to work for free. There are many reasons cited for this trend: students are grappling with a noticeable shortage of summer jobs and are turning their attention to building their...

On July 5, 2010 the California Supreme Court unanimously eased the burden of proof for plaintiffs in age discrimination cases. In Reid v. Google, Inc., the plaintiff, a 54 year old engineer, claimed that he was terminated because of age discrimination. He cited Google's human...

Is the California Labor Commissioner closely scrutinizing companies’ compliance with overtime wage and hour laws? Recent comments by the California Labor Commissioner strongly suggest that the California department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) is increasing its scrutiny of California employers. In...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") reported last week that in fiscal year 2010 it experienced a 7.2% increase in the volume of newly filed discrimination claims. Discrimination claims are ones in which employees claim that they have been treated unfairly because of their sex,...

  The recent uptick in mergers and acquisitions has been widely reported in the press. While this is good news for companies looking for an exit and their counterparts looking to make an acquisition, California and federal employment laws and regulations create many risks for companies...

Employers take a risk when they classify someone performing services for them as an independent contractor instead of an employee. Because employers owe contractors far fewer obligations than employees, employers risk each of the following if a court determines that a misclassification occurred: - Unpaid overtime. -...

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