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Employee or Independent Contractor? California’s New “ABC” Test

The decision whether to classify a worker as an employee or an independent contractor can have a significant impact on both the worker and the business. As an employee, a worker is entitled to the protections of the labor laws, including payment of minimum wage and overtime, meal and rest breaks, paid sick leave, and other workplace protections. An employer is also responsible for paying an employee’s federal Social Security and payroll taxes, employment taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, and providing ...

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California Equal Pay Act Expanded

Expansion of California Equal Pay Act

In 2017 California enacted several amendments to Labor Code section 1197.5, as a result of which the California Equal Pay Act has been expanded significantly. While the old law prohibited wage disparity between employees of the opposite sex, under the new law, the protections have been expanded to prevent a wage disparity between employees who are of a different race or ethnicity.

In deciding to expand the protections of Equal Pay Act, the California legislature ...

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Los Angeles Mandates Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Sick Leave

Los Angeles Mandates Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Sick Leave

New Minimum Wage Ordinances in the City of Los Angeles have increased the minimum wage for employees who work for an employer within the City limits for a minimum of two hours during any particular week. The new ordinances also require employers to provide employees with paid sick leave.

Under the new ordinances, which first went into effect on July 1, 2016, the minimum wage rate will continue ...

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Court of Appeals Reinstates NFL’s Four-Game Suspension of Tom Brady

Court Reinstates NFL’s Four-Game Suspension of Tom Brady

In overturning the lower court’s decision and reinstating the NFL’s four-game suspension of Tom Brady, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, ruled that NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, “properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement” and that his procedural rulings did not deprive Tom Brady of fundamental fairness.

The Court reasoned that “In their collective bargaining agreement, the players and the League mutually decided many years ago that the Commissioner should ...

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Employment Law Updates

The Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act 2014

The Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act of 2014 went into effect on July 1, 2015. Under the new law, California employers are now required to provide paid sick days to certain employees.  Paid sick time accrues at a minimum rate of one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Employees are entitled to use accrued sick days beginning on the 90th day of employment. Accrued paid sick days will carry over to the following year of ...

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Summary of California’s Equal Pay Act

An Employee’s Right to Equal Pay

California and Federal laws generally prohibit an employer from paying its employees less than the rates paid to employees of the opposite sex. This applies when the employees’ jobs require substantially similar work, when considering their skill, effort, and responsibility, and are performed under similar working conditions. (Cal. Labor Code section 1197.5.) As an example, an employer would not be permitted to pay a female secretary less than a male secretary working in the same office ...

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The Importance of Estate Planning

Estate Planning — It’s Not Just for the Rich

Many people are under the impression that estate planning is only necessary for those with substantial wealth.  The very term “estate” seems to  imply just this.  For this reason, many people ignore the crucial importance of estate planning for those with even modest assets.  The reality is that nearly everyone can benefit from a well-crafted estate plan, and one need not enjoy vast wealth to benefit from this important tool.  Whether ...

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Personal Injury Damages

What Damages Can You Recover in a Personal Injury Case?

People often ask us what damages they can recover when they are injured.  Many think damages are limited to doctors and hospital expenses.  Depending on the nature of your injuries, there are often a wide variety of damages that an accident victim can recover that go far beyond medical expenses.

Accidents can result in significant personal injuries that create many expenses for the victims and ...

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