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Another Arbitration Agreement Found Invalid

Courts are regularly asked to review arbitration agreements relating to employment claims and more and more often are finding them to be invalid for a variety of reasons.  In a recent case, yet another court found an employer’s arbitration agreement invalid as to claims of discrimination, finding the agreement too unconscionable to be enforced. (Mayers… Continue Reading


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The Brinker Decision…. The Court Finally Rules

The Brinker Decision…. the Court Finally Rules What It All Means On April 12, 2012 the California Supreme Court has finally ruled on the long awaited and anticipated decision in Brinker v. Superior Court regarding the obligations of an employer to ensure or simply provide meals and rest breaks for their employees. Other issues addressed… Continue Reading


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Top 10 Reasons Not To Update Your Employee Handboo

Many employers have employee handbooks that are disseminated to new employees at the time of hire. However, with the dynamic nature of the laws affecting employers, it’s important to routinely audit your handbook to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. But you may choose not to update your handbook for the following reasons. 10.… Continue Reading


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Reasonable Accommodation of Disabilities: What Is Legally Required?

Disability discrimination litigation seems to be on the rise. For this reason, it is critical for employers to understand their obligations and the protections provided to employees and applicants under both state and federal laws. These laws provide that individuals (employees and applicants) with a disability are protected from discrimination, and may need to be… Continue Reading


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Notice to Comply With Wage Theft Protection Act Form

As discussed in our Year End Newsletter, one of the laws affecting California employers, effective January 1, 2012, is the requirement to provide a notice to new hires which complies with newly enacted Labor Code §2810.5(a) entitled Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011. The new law not only adds new requirements and amends several existing… Continue Reading


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IRS Announces 2012 Standard

The IRS issued the 2012 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business purposes. Beginning January 1, 2012, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 55.5 cents per mile for business miles driven. This rate for… Continue Reading