By Melinda Garcia | Published June 21, 2016 | | |
California is an “at will” state, meaning that employers have the right to hire and fire individuals at will, without any real reason or explanation (so long as the reason was not illegal, such as race, gender, etc.). If you have been fired from your job in California, the best thing you can do is Read MoreRead More
The United States Supreme Court generally offers the final word as to the interpretation of statutes and application of law when there is division among the lower courts. In a recent case, the Supreme Court delivered what is being seen as a fairly large blow to corporations and big business in the world of class Read MoreRead More
More and more in today’s modern business world, companies are seeking to resolve their disputes in a more amicable setting than the traditional courtroom. Litigation has proven itself throughout history to be costly in terms of both money and time and does not guarantee the parties an acceptable outcome. It is in the area Read MoreRead More
In order to run a successful business, today’s leaders understand that they must know more than just what their product is and how to sell it. They must know what laws apply to their company’s business, from making employment decisions to managing supply lines, and everything in between. As impossible as it is for one Read MoreRead More
A December trial date has been scheduled in Los Angeles federal court for a lawsuit in which a British songwriter is alleging that country music star Keith Urban stole his band’s name for the trademark on his guitar lesson package that is being sold on the Home Shopping Network and online. Peter Beckett filed his Read MoreRead More
The delivery giant FedEx has recently agreed to a $227 million settlement for a class action lawsuit involving more than 2,000 past and present employees in California. The case stemmed from accusations that the company was misclassifying their workers as independent contractors and subsequently denying them certain pay and benefits. Once ratified by the court, Read MoreRead More
A recent decision by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office states that a former driver of the ride-sharing company, Uber, should be classified as an employee and not as an independent contractor. The decision is nonbinding and Uber is appealing the decision in court. This ruling could have massive implications for the class-action cases currently pending Read MoreRead More
A class action lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against the clothing retailer American Apparel for violations of state labor laws and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. The lawsuit stems from American Apparel’s treatment of its workers after it announced mass layoffs last Read MoreRead More
Businesses are increasingly turning to various forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) over litigation for resolving business conflicts. The most common forms of ADR are mediation and arbitration. To be effective in today’s business world, a Fremont business lawyer must hone his or her ADR skills in addition to being a skilled trial lawyer. U.S. Read MoreRead More
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