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It’s 2017: Are You In Compliance? The Top 8 New Employment Laws That Impact Your Business Right Now! By Jason L. Morris

As the clock struck midnight on January 1st and 2016 became a distant memory, no doubt you had a glass of champagne in one hand and a stack of new employment laws in the other. What? No!? Don’t fret, we have you covered. Here’s a reminder of some of the new laws that went into effect January 1, 2017, that may impact your business.

February 3, 2017


Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Enacted By Michael B. McClellan, Jason L. Morris

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law, creating a private federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. This landmark legislation, a product of bipartisan backing and significant support from the business community, will affect businesses and individuals operating in almost every economic sector across the country. The DTSA will potentially be at issue any time an employee with access to confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information moves on to a competitor or launches a startup that competes with the former employer. This will be true so long as the product or service that the trade secret relates to is either used in or intended for use in interstate or foreign commerce. Under present commerce clause jurisprudence, the vast majority of businesses providing products and services in the United States will be affected by this new law.

July 5, 2016


The Mechanics of Paying Employees and Providing Wage Statements: How to Ensure Compliance and Avoid Costly Penalties By Jason L. Morris

Most business owners and Human Resources advisors are acutely aware of employers’ obligations regarding accurately and timely paying employees. Problems can arise, however, with the method of delivering wages and providing wage statements. As with other wage and hour violations, California imposes costly penalties on non-compliant employers. Ensuring your company is squared away regarding the method of paying employees and providing them with wage statements can save you significant time and money. This article reviews basic principles under California law regarding the method of paying employees and delivering wage statements.

September 29, 2015


How the Amended California Family Rights Act Regulations Will Impact Your Business By Jason L. Morris

In March 2015, the Office of Administrative Law approved amendments to regulations promulgated by the Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) interpreting the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). The updated CFRA regulations will take effect on July 1, 2015. When the FEHC announced its proposed changes to the regulations, its stated objectives were to supplement existing CFRA regulations, clarify confusing rules, and adopt some of the parallel Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations. This article reviews basic principles under the CFRA and then summarizes the changes that will go into effect on July 1.

April 29, 2015


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