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Final Paychecks – Make Sure You Get it Right!

California employers are required to follow strict procedures when paying an employee’s final wages. There are specified requirements for the time and manner in issuing a final paycheck. The rules governing the payment of final wages can differ depending on the specific facts surrounding the employee’s departure. Terminated employees If an employer fires an employee, [..]

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Employers: Does Your Vacation Time Policy Violate the Law?

Wage and hour issues are a common basis for lawsuits filed against employers. One area where many employers get themselves into trouble is how paid vacation is handled. In California, an employee does not have the right to take paid vacation unless the employer has agreed to provide it. While this may seem straightforward, many [..]

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Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleges Fraud Against Wal-Mart

Barbara Laubenstein, a former executive of Conair Corp., has “blown the whistle.” She recently revealed that she was fired for reporting an alleged fraud against Wal-Mart, its largest customer. Ms. Laubenstein started working for Conair’s Allegro Division in 2009. This division sold approximately $30 million worth of products to Wal-Mart in 2012. Additionally, Conair acted [..]

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Tips for Preventing Employment Lawsuits

If you are an employer, you likely understand the importance of taking every preventative measure possible to avoid an employment lawsuit. Not only can litigation be time-consuming and expensive, it can also be damaging to your reputation. Below are a few tips to help you prevent and avoid employment litigation in California: Always provide employees [..]

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Adjusters Beware!

In a stunning reversal of a trial court the First Appellate District Court recently ruled that an insurance adjuster employed by an insurer can be sued personally under certain circumstances. Bock v. Hansen (No. A136567, filed 4/2/14).  The case involved fairly egregious acts by the insurance adjuster but all of the alleged acts were done [..]

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What is a Small Business?

  You may be surprised by what qualifies as a small business. It’s not just your mom-and-pop corner market. Small Businesses can be any legal form including sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation. Small businesses have the following characteristics: Independently owned and operated Organized for profit Place of business is located in the U.S. Primarily operates [..]

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Do I Need to Register My Copyright?

To understand whether you need to register a copyright or not, you first need to understand what a copyright is, how its created, and how it is enforced. Many people are surprised to learn that American copyright law has its genesis in the Constitution of the United States. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution [..]

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