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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 does O’Reilly’s termination mean for my business?

You may have seen in the news that 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, has terminated newscaster Bill O’Reilly’s employment in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him. Now, you may ask – why does this have anything to do with my business? This news story is a very important reminder Read More

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The Basics of a Bulletproof Non-Disclosure Agreement

At Garcia & Gurney, ALC, our Pleasanton business attorneys routinely help corporations protect their intellectual property through the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDA). While many business owners are aware that they need non-disclosure agreements when conducting business with anyone, they are not fully aware of what elements are necessary to render a non-disclosure agreement enforceable Read More

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Five More Laws California Employers Need to Understand in 2017

As California labor laws change, it is important that you – whether an employer or employee – understand what the changes entail so that you may better understand your rights in the face of a dispute. At Garcia & Gurney, ALC, our Pleasanton business attorneys fully comprehend California’s labor laws, and keep up-to-date with all Read More

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Four Things to Understand About Your Work Email

According to the State of California Department of Justice, “Your employer is generally allowed to monitor your workplace communications, such as business phone calls and computer usage, and to access to your voicemail and e-mail.” Though this has been the law for a considerable amount of time, employees across the state are still having a Read More

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Understanding Family Responsibilities Discrimination

Family responsibilities discrimination (FRD) is a common type of employment discrimination that occurs in the workforce, especially towards pregnant women and mothers. However, FRD is not a type of discrimination that many employers even know they are committing. For instance, an employer may choose not to hire someone because they fear that “familial obligations will Read More

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Are Employers Entitled to Monitor an Employee’s Company Cell-Phone?

In City of Ontario v. Quon, the Supreme Court ruled that employers have the right to read employees’ text messages – including personal ones – if they believe that the workplace rules are being violated. Though this ruling was handed down over six years ago, it is still a point of contention: Is it legal Read More

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Is Your Intellectual Property Protected When Working with an Independent Contractor?

Once upon a time, working with independent contractors was considered risky and even a bit frivolous. Today, however, hiring out work to freelancers is not only the norm, but it has also become a great way for businesses to reduce overhead costs, increase output, and turn more profit. However, there are still some issues that Read More

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Protecting Your Trade Secrets When a Key Employee Moves to a Competitor

We see it in movies all the time—a key employee is enticed away from his or her current position by a competitor who promises a bigger salary, better benefits package, and a cushier office. In return, however, the competitor wants insider information about the employee’s former company. They want to know about potential new customers, Read More

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Employers Brush Up on Employee’s Rights in Case of a Buyout

As the economic outlook becomes more stable in the U.S., more and more corporate mergers are taking place, with 2015 seeing a record high of $5 trillion in deals (Harvard Law School Forum On Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation). 2016 is anticipated to surpass deals made in 2015, which can mean great news for the Read More

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