2022 Employment Law Updates

The new year always bring a host of new laws. In this survey article, we highlight (1) state minimum wage increases, (2) legislative updates impacting equal employment opportunity laws, (3) COVID-19-related laws, and (4) the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program. State Minimum Wage Increase: Effective January 1, 2022, California’s minimum wage increases to $14 per hour […]

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New CID Laws Summary – 2022

Governor Newsom signed a number of bills into law during the last calendar year that affect common interest developments (“CIDs”), such as homeowners associations and stock cooperative corporations.  The topics range from election by acclamation to rental restrictions to urban lot splits. Below is a summary of the three new laws in which we believe […]

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Start Right: Preparing to Sell Your Business from the Beginning

Preparing to sell your business when you first start may seem counterintuitive but doing so will greatly reduce the cost and stress later and will likely help you realize a higher valuation if you do decide to sell. Starting a business is exciting.  It’s also expensive. You’ve worked hard to save money to launch the […]

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Alert: Revised Statement of Information Forms for Corporations and Limited Liability Companies

Effective January 1, 2022, the California Secretary of State updated its Statement of Information forms for corporations and limited liability companies in response to Assembly Bill 3075. The revised Statement of Information forms require the filing party to certify whether any officer or any director (or member or manager for a limited liability company) has […]

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California Employer Alert: Ninth Circuit upholds California’s 2020 Law Barring Employers from Requiring Employees to Agree to Binding Arbitration as a Condition of Employment

California is generally known as one of the more employee-friendly jurisdictions, and some commentators have opined that mandatory arbitration is at odds with California’s worker-protection public policy. In fact, two race discrimination lawsuits filed by former employees against Tesla, Inc., with largely similar facts of colleagues/supervisors using racial slurs against the plaintiffs and other Black […]

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Beware Deceptive and Scam Solicitations!

If you have recently incorporated a business or filed for a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), this may sound familiar… You receive a notice in the mail purportedly from an official state agency containing an official-looking seal, telling you that you need to file an annual report by a certain […]

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The Latest Chapter in California Independent Contractor Classification Laws

The issue of independent contractor classification is, perhaps unfortunately, something that many Californians have become too well versed in during recent years.  To briefly recap, the issue gained renewed focus with the California Supreme Court’s, April 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v Superior Court.  There the Court ruled employers bore the burden of […]

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Alert: Trademark Law Changes in 2021 Stimulus Legislation

Many of our clients may not know that the recent stimulus bill known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”) includes new trademark legislation that will have a sweeping impact on trademark owners.  Specifically, the Act incorporates the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (“TMA”), which includes many substantive changes to the Lanham (Trademark) […]

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Employer Alert Related to COVID-19: (1) Expansion of the California Family Rights Act, (2) California 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, and (3) COBRA Premium Assistance from April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021

Employment law in the best of times presents an ever-changing landscape, but with the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout, it can be especially challenging for workers and employers. As a general, regularly-updated informational resource for California workers and employers, we recommend the website created by the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency on Coronavirus 2019 […]

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Two Notable New Laws For 2021 That Affect Condominium Rentals, Apartment Subleases, And Your PPP Loan

Over 370 bills were signed into law in California this year. With about as many new laws taking effect on January 1, 2021 – and everything else that has happened in 2020 – to say there is plenty to track would be an understatement. There are two particularly notable laws affecting our common interest development […]

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