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HOW TO AVOID CLAIMS OF WORKPLACE RETALIATION

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers HOW TO AVOID CLAIMS OF WORKPLACE RETALIATION Given the extraordinary legal exposure that employers may confront…

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WHEN DISASTER STRIKES

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers WHEN DISASTER STRIKES Catastrophic Fires: What Are An Employer’s Legal Obligations To Employees? An ounce of…

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GOING TO POT – CALIFORNIA’S MARIJUANA REFORM LAW

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers GOING TO POT – CALIFORNIA’S MARIJUANA REFORM LAW In November, 2016, California adopted Proposition 64, “The…

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WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES: GUARDING AGAINST SURPRISE ENFORCEMENT INSPECTIONS

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES: GUARDING AGAINST SURPRISE ENFORCEMENT INSPECTIONS Employers Must be Prepared to Demand a Warrant…

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EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX (HARASSMENT), BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX  (HARASSMENT), BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK - Only…

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RISKS OF MISCLASSIFYING TRAINEES AND INTERNS

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers RISKS OF MISCLASSIFYING TRAINEES AND INTERNS The last issue of Heads Up! discussed the surprising legal…

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ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE: THE TRAP OF CALLING WORKERS “VOLUNTEERS”

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers The problem often remains dormant until the relationship sours, and a worker who has been classified…

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MANDATORY ARBITRATION OFFERS PROTECTION

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers Employee lawsuits against employers can cost millions. Every employer should immediately implement a mandatory arbitration policy.…

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ON THE FIRING LINE: THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF EMPLOYMENT TERMINATIONS

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers Whenever it becomes necessary to approach employees about performance or misconduct issues, I encourage employers to…

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HIRING AND FIRING: WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers It is fair to say that most lawsuits arise from mistakes made during the process of…

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LEAVES OF ABSENCE: TIME BOMB FOR EMPLOYERS

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers In this and subsequent issues of Heads Up! the author will attempt to summarize the most…

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Winter 2016 – New Laws for 2017

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers NEW LAWS FOR 2017 As is typical, California has enacted several new employment laws, most of…

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WORKPLACE HARASSMENT INVESTIGATIONS: NEW RULES

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers California law requires that employers conduct a 1) prompt, 2) thorough and 3) objective investigation of…

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EMPLOYERS’ LIABILITY INSURANCE – ARE YOU COVERED?

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers When employers purchase Employers’ Practices Liability (EPL) insurance, they feel protected from workplace lawsuits.  However, this…

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WHEN A “QUIT” IS A “DISCHARGE” (AS IN “WRONGFUL”)

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers Background Employers make a big mistake when they decide against firing a problem employee, and instead…

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WORKPLACE INJURIES – WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN KILL YOU

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers When it comes to workplace injuries, most employers take special pride in being “all over it.” …

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EMPLOYERS MUST PROVIDE ARBITRATION RULES TO EMPLOYEES

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers Introduction As readers of this publication are aware, the author recommends mandatory, legally-enforceable arbitration policies to…

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THE INJURY AND ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM REQUIREMENT – New Emphasis on Enforcement

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers California law requires that all California employers maintain a written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (“IIPP”).…

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PAYROLL TRAPS THAT ENSNARE EMPLOYERS

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers With new laws enacted every year, it is vital that employers focus on the requirements most…

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“THE FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP ACT” – WHY DOES THE TITLE OMIT THE CONTRIBUTION OF “EMPLOYERS”?

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers California law now includes so many job-protected leaves of absence that employers can be forgiven for…

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PAY STUB VIOLATIONS REMAIN A COMMON SOURCE OF LAWSUITS

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers The failure of employers to properly include all information required by law on itemized wage statements…

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EQUAL PAY ACT AMENDED – PAY ACT or PAY BACK?

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers Effective January 1, 2016, California’s Equal Pay Act was amended to bring greater firepower to the…

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CALIFORNIA LEAVE LAWS: EXTREME CAUTION REQUIRED!

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers Several new leave of absence laws enacted in California since 2010 have made the denial of…

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Fall 2015

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers In This Issue:  NEW LAWS FOR 2016 California has enacted more than a dozen new employment…

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WORKPLACE HARASSMENT – ESSENTIAL DO’S AND DON’TS

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers California employers are required by law to take reasonable measures to prevent discrimination and harassment in…

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OVERTIME: IS ANYONE EXEMPT?

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers The problem of misclassifying employees as exempt from overtime compensation regulations is widespread in California.  It…

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EMPLOYERS MUST ACCOMMODATE RELIGIOUS DRESS AND GROOMING

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers Effective January 1, 2013, California employers were prohibited from regulating attire and grooming practices that are…

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ONE WAY STREET: EMPLOYEES CAN RECOVER COSTS OF SUIT. EMPLOYERS CAN’T.

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers For employers, the uneven playing field just got steeper.  Many employers are unaware that when companies…

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THE “HIDDEN” IMPORTANCE OF CAREFULLY-DRAFTED EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers Who said lawyers aren’t romantic? It should come as no surprise that, when labor law experts…

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AN INTRODUCTION TO CALIFORNIA LABOR LAW FOR EMPLOYERS

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers Any experienced employer can tell you that just the cost of defending a garden-variety employment-related lawsuit,…

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Winter 2014

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers In This Issue: IMPORTANT NEW CALIFORNIA LABOR LAWS FOR 2014 The following represent some of the…

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Fall 2014

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers In This Issue: WHEN WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW, AND WHY EMPLOYERS SHOULD TREAT THEM…

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Know your rights and responsibilities as an employer.

Know your rights and responsibilities as an employer.

Know your rights and responsibilities as an employer.
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Adopt a winning labor law plan for your business.

Adopt a winning labor law plan for your business.

Adopt a winning labor law plan for your business.
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Win your pending lawsuit if you are already being sued.

Win your pending lawsuit if you are already being sued.

Win your pending lawsuit if you are already being sued.
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Prevent labor lawsuits before they happen.

Prevent labor lawsuits before they happen.

Prevent labor lawsuits before they happen.
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Sick Leave Deadline: Ignorance is No Excuse

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers With slightly over a month remaining before the July 1, 2015 paid sick leave deadline, many…

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The Antidote to California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers Effective July 1, 2015, almost all California employers, regardless of size, are required to provide paid sick…

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California’s Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Requirements

California's Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Requirements

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New Employment Laws for 2015

New Employment Laws for 2015

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Test Your Firm’s Compliance With Recent Labor Laws

Test Your Firm's Compliance With Recent Labor Laws

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Attractive Nuisance – The Trap of Calling Employees Volunteers

Attractive Nuisance - The Trap of Calling Employees Volunteers

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Beware the Risks of Misclassifying Employees as Trainees

Beware the Risks of Misclassifying Employees as Trainees

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Independent Contractor or Employee – the $64 Million Question

Independent Contractor or Employee - the $64 Million Question

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New Employee Rights Regarding Access to Personnel Files

New Employee Rights Regarding Access to Personnel Files

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The Deduction Seduction

The Deduction Seduction

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Crime Victims, Family Members Have Broad New Leave Rights

Crime Victims, Family Members Have Broad New Leave Rights

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Meetings, Seminars And Training Courses Are Compensable Time

Meetings, Seminars And Training Courses Are Compensable Time

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“Cool-Off” Break Required For Outside Workers – New Fines Enacted

Cool-Off Break Required For Outside Workers - New Fines Enacted

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Good News – Wage Claims Must Be Arbitrated

Good News - Wage Claims Must Be Arbitrated

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The Hidden Danger Of Minimum Wage Increases

The Hidden Danger Of Minimum Wage Increases

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Class Action Lawsuits

Class Action Lawsuits

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Fall 2012

LAWSUIT PREVENTION FOR EMPLOYERS How Granting an Employee’s Request for Time Off Can get Employers Sued. Believe it or not,…

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Spring 2012

LAWSUIT PREVENTION FOR EMPLOYERS Refusal to Reinstate Injured Worker with a 100 Percent Permanent Disability Rating Cost Employer $ 1.5…

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Winter 2012

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers In This Issue: MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN CALIFORNIA LABOR LAW FOR 2012 In our last issue,…

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Fall 2011

Lawsuit Prevention for Employers In This Issue: IMPORTANT CHANGES IN LABOR LAW FOR 2012 REQUIRE EMPLOYER ACTION Introduction Most employers are…

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