California Itemized Paystubs: What You Need To Know
California Itemized Paystubs: What You Need To Know

Employers in California are required to provide employees with an itemized wage statement, also known as a pay stub.  In California there are very specific requirements under the applicable wage orders and labor code that set forth what every pay stub must include. Failing to issue an accurate and California compliant wage statement can result in substantial penalties. In that regard, paystub violations are a target claim for savvy Plaintiff’s attorneys’ who bring Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims on behalf of all employees affected, resulting in potential six figure exposure.  Violations will occur for among other reasons, whenever an... READ MORE

I don’t want to be a Franchisor; Can’t I just grant a license?

Frequently, clients will tell us they have a great idea that they would like to license others to operate. When we explain that they are proposing a franchise arrangement, we get the response, “I don’t want to be a franchisor; can’t I just grant a license?” What is a “franchise”? A franchise is a special kind of license. In general, all franchises include a license, but not all licenses are franchises. What’s the difference?  A franchise is an arrangement that normally includes three elements (there are exceptions in some states, but this is the rule in California and federally). We... READ MORE

New Federal Law Bars Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Claims

In March 2022, President Biden signed into new law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act (EFASASHA), barring the enforcement of most mandatory arbitration provisions in cases alleging sexual assault or sexual harassment. The EFASASHA will apply to all pre-dispute arbitration clauses, including those in contracts executed before the law’s enactment. The law will also invalidate pre-dispute agreements that waive an employee’s right to participate in a joint, class or collective action in court, arbitration or any other forum that relates to a sexual assault or sexual harassment dispute. Moreover, if a dispute arises about whether... READ MORE

The Most Common Wage and Hour Mistakes Employers Make and How to Prevent Them

Doing business in California, and having employees requires a keen awareness of the risks involved and how to avoid them, particularly when it comes to California’s extensive wage and hour laws.  Violations of these laws, even if unintentional, can result in substantial penalties and owed wages. However, much of this risk can be prevented by avoiding common mistakes and ensuring that your company’s wage and hour practices and policies comply with California law. The following are the most common wage and hour mistakes made by employers: Failing to Keep Accurate Time Keeping Records including Meal and Rest Periods Employers frequently... READ MORE

New Paid Covid Sick Leave Law For Employers with 26 or More Employees

California has enacted a new paid Covid Sick Leave Law (Labor Code section 248.6) effective February 19, 2022 that applies to employers with 26 or more employees and provides potentially up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for qualified employees.  The leave applies to anyone at covered employers (with 26 or more employees) from January 1, 2022 through September 20, 2022.  So, workers who already missed work due to  Covid would be entitled to paid leave for the time they missed subject to the requirements set forth below.  (Employers who already voluntarily provided paid leave for Covid illness this... READ MORE

Good News for Employers: AB1119 / AB95 Bills Die

Several bills impacting employers have been going through the legislative process during these past months and two carryover bills AB1119 / AB95 considered “job killer” bills that would have expanded mandates on employers died in the Assembly fiscal committee. AB 1119 would have required employers to accommodate any employee with family responsibilities with uncapped protected leave for employees to request time off and likely exposed employers to costly litigation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. If passed, this bill could have enabled an employee to challenge any adverse employment action as being related to the employee’s family responsibilities, rather... READ MORE

What is an employer required to do when an employee tests positive for COVID?

Under AB 685, when an employee tests positive for Covid, the employer must notify employees and other onsite workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and to report workplace outbreaks to the local health department.  Notify Employees and Potentially Exposed Workers Within one business day of notice of the potential exposure, the employer must provide written notice to employees and employers of subcontracted employees who were on the premises at the same worksite as the worker diagnosed with COVID-19 during the infectious period. Written notice can be in a manner the employer normally uses to communicate employment-related information. The... READ MORE

Loyalty Program Enforcement Under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

Earlier this year, the California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced an enforcement sweep of loyalty programs operated by retailers, supermarkets, home improvement stores, travel companies, and food service companies. The Office of the Attorney General has issued notice of noncompliance letters to a number of businesses offering financial incentives, such as discounts, free items, or other rewards, in exchange for personal information, that their office believes might not be fully compliant with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). What is a loyalty program? While structured in a variety of ways, loyalty programs often track how much consumers have spent and/or... READ MORE

Five Important Considerations Before Terminating An Employee

The decision to terminate an employee is often a difficult one.  Whether due to finding a replacement, the stress and aggravation the employee situation has become, or due to the potential exposure and liability you could face if the separation is not handled correctly.  However, by ensuring that you have taken into consideration 5 important issues when making the termination decision, you can proceed with the separation, in a fair and consistent manner which best protects your organization.  Is the Decision Justified and Not A surprise to the employee? To protect the organization as well as to avoid turnover whenever... READ MORE

The Reality of Trademarks

By Admin January 12, 2022    Category: Business Law

The Reality of Trademarks

You’ve got this great idea and you love the name you’ve come up with for the brand. You’ve put up a website, created a logo for it, built a business model around the idea and started inviting people to buy, join or invest. Maybe you’ve had a year of moderate success or even super achievements. Then, one day you get that letter or email saying “Hey, that’s my trademark, my brand and my business! We own this and you need to cease and desist from using the brand any further.” (Paraphrased. These notices are a lot stronger with more legalese... READ MORE