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July 2017
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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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California Further Restricts Employers Trying to Enforce Non-Competes

Companies that have headquarters outside of the Golden State typically have employment contracts that purportedly are governed by the substantive law of the state in which the enterprise is headquartered. Even when the company hires workers who live and work in California, the choice of law provision in an employment agreement generally reigned. While this may Read More

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Informed Employers Can Help Avoid FMLA/CFRA Lawsuits

California-based employers who employ 50 or more workers face regulations beyond the federal employment laws through the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), which expands employees’ rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The most common, Walmart, with stores in every state in the nation, is allegedly having issues adhering to the federal law and Read More

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California Employers Must Pay Commissioned Employees for Rest Breaks

Earlier this year, a California Court of Appeals held in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC that an employer violated state law by not paying commissioned employees for their rest breaks. Under state law, employees must be provided with paid 10-minute rest breaks for every four hours of work, or fraction thereof. In Vaquero, the employer operated Read More

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