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How to respond to a government audit of your employment records

You may have seen the recent headlines about Google – they successful fought a request by the federal government, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (“OFCCP”), for the contact information for 25,000 employees! The OFCCP audits federal government contractors to ensure compliance with federal discrimination laws.  As a federal government contractor, Google spent $500,000 (for Read More

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What to Do When an Employee Sues You

It can be unsettling and a little hurtful when, despite the fact that you treat your employees really well, one of them brings a lawsuit against you. Having a lawsuit brought against you can compromise the integrity of your business. While it can be difficult to remain calm in the face of an employee lawsuit, Read More

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Contract Worker vs. Employee: Pleasanton Businesses Must Know the Difference

  It is important for Pleasanton businesses to properly classify workers as while classifying a worker as an independent contractor may be more cost efficient upfront, properly classifying a worker will help avoid a lawsuit as well as significant risk of liabilities and penalties relating to treating a worker as an independent contractor only to Read More

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Use of Past Salary Justification for Pay Disparity Says California Court

California’s Ninth Circuit reversed a district court ruling in Rizo v. Yovino that held that an employer violated the Equal Pay Act because of its bright-line policy rule of paying new employees 5% more than their prior salaries. The district court agreed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), finding that basing compensation on an Read More

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Mergers and Acquisitions: Why Culture Matters  

Mergers and acquisitions as a growth strategy has become popular once again. Like any business deal, the long-term success takes hard work and a strategic approach to creating synergy between companies. It is not uncommon that employees of an acquired company fear losing their jobs, complain about being in the dark, and feel demoralized regarding Read More

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Plan for Succession: Exit Strategies for Your Businesses

Entrepreneurs often live and focus on the highs and lows of launching a new business venture. One key aspect that they often forget is that a decision made on day one of the business can have a huge impact on its last day. While building a business worth a fortune is vital, making sure you Read More

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NEPOTISM: MIXING FAMILY AND WORK

What is nepotism?  Nepotism is the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs. What is the law and how can someone sue for nepotism in the workplace?  In California, nepotism is not per se illegal. However, nepotism in the workplace has the possibility of triggering Read More

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Wells Fargo California Whistleblower

An Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former manager at a Los Angeles-area Wells Fargo has ended with an order by the Department of Justice (DOJ) requiring the bank to rehire the former employee, clear his personnel file, and pay $5.4 million in back pay and legal fees. According to Read More

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Bad Leases and Terrible Landlords: How to Play Hardball

All business, big and small, have had to negotiate a commercial lease at some point in time.  While most encounters are uneventful, some businesses are faced with unreasonable landlords that impose draconian lease terms and carry a “take it or leave it” attitude.  Here are some helpful tips to negotiating unreasonable lease terms: Know the Read More

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Corporate Governance: Director and Officer Personal Liability

A career as an officer, director, or shareholder of a corporation brings great opportunity to be a lauded visionary, strategic thinker, and the leader of a profitable venture, with accompanying compensation. That being said, this position comes with great responsibility and the risk of personal liability is real even when proper liability insurance is in Read More

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