5 May

What Every Employer Needs to Know about California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

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The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 went into effect on January 1, 2015, but employees’ right to accrue and take sick leave does not take effect until July 1, 2015. Are you ready? Starting July 1, 2015, qualifying employees will be entitled to at least 24 hours of paid sick leave in a 12-month period. I. Who Qualifies for Paid Sick Leave? Employees who work at least 30 days in California within a …

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3 Jan

Limiting Professional Liability through the Professional Services Agreement

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The importance of the written agreement between the professional and his or her client cannot be overstated. A written agreement will define the duties and responsibilities of the parties, allocate risk and reward for a particular project or engagement, and govern how disputes are resolved. In some cases, written agreements are required by insurance companies or by law. Despite this, written agreements and their critical terms are often afterthoughts for professionals, who are typically and …

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7 Jul

What the Recent Beacon Residential Decision Really Means for Design Professionals in California

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Last week, the California Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision in Beacon Residential Community Assn. v. Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP. This case has been closely monitored by design professionals and the attorneys who represent them because it addresses a fundamental legal question: do design professionals owe a duty of care to third parties without privity of contract? At first blush, Beacon appears to hold in the affirmative. On closer examination, however, the scope …

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1 Jun

New Employment Laws Effective July 1st

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With July just around the corner, California employers should be aware of two important changes to the law: Minimum Wage Increase Effective July 1, 2014, the minimum wage in California will increase to $9.00 an hour, up from $8.00 an hour. Minimum wage will again increase effective January 1, 2016 to $10.00 an hour. For employees earning the minimum wage, the increase will also affect overtime and double-time rates. For an employee earning $9.00 an …

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1 Apr

Causation in Professional Liability Cases: A Key Issue Often Overlooked on Dispositive Motions

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California has seen an increase in professional liability claims in recent years, in large part a result from the significant downturn in our economy. When business deals go awry, the participants often look to cast blame on their professional advisors: their accountants, lawyers, or real estate agents, to name a few. Causation is one of the most pivotal and hotly-contested issues in a professional liability case and should always be carefully examined by the defense. …

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