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Employees Must Be Paid for Work Off the Clock

On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Supreme Court of California issued its ruling in Troester v. Starbucks Corporation, No. S234969, 2018 WL 3582702, which held that California employees must be paid for all hours worked “off the clock,” including small time periods, which is a deviation from the federal law’s employer-friendly “de minimis” rule. What 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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Can an Employee Take Your Company’s Trade Secrets to a Competing Business?

On February 23, 2017, Waymo, LLC (owned by Google’s parent company), filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc., Ottomotto LLC, and Otto Trucking, LLC.  The basis of Waymo’s lawsuit is for violation of the defense of trade secret act. The three main questions raised by this lawsuit are: 1)         Can an employee take a company’s Read More

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The Adult Use of Marijuana Act

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“the Act”). Legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes will be a significant change to current law, however, is not expected to interfere with the right or ability of California employers to implement and enforce their workplace drug policies, including drug-testing policies. Specifically, Read More

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