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Hairdos and Don’ts | FFS Insights

by Tal K. Taylor Governor Newsom recently signed a bill that would make California the first state to ban discrimination in the workplace and in public school based on natural hair. The CROWN Act (“Creating A Respectful and Open Workplace”) clarifies the definition of “race” as applied under FEHA (“Fair Employment and Housing Act”), as…

Protecting Your Digital Innovation as a Trade Secret | FFS Insights

by Arash Beral and Kelsey L. Vasko Technology has made its way into every aspect of our lives – even the most unimaginable facets, and, to think, there is still endless room for development.  Indeed, a demanding market spawns the most innovative ideas.  The more interesting the idea – for instance, source code and algorithms…

City of Los Angeles Minimum Wage Set to Increase on July 1, 2019 | FFS Insights

by Tal K. Taylor California law currently requires that employers with 25 or fewer employees pay those employees a minimum of $11.00 per hour. Where there are 26 or more employees, the State minimum hourly wage is $12.00. On January 1, 2020, these rates will increase to $12.00 per hour and $13.00 per hour, respectively.…

Does Your Company Own its Intellectual Property Rights? Avoid this Common Misunderstanding | FFS Insights

by Mark B. Mizrahi As attorneys, we oftentimes come across a certain fatal mistake, even among the most promising startups with the smartest and talented entrepreneurs.  This intellectual property error is so egregious that it can completely and permanently derail the fledgling business. And yet it is so easily avoidable — simple precautions can prevent…

Employers Cannot Ask About Criminal Backgrounds or Salary History | FFS Insights

by Tal K. Taylor Recently, new legislation went into effect in California making it unlawful for employers to ask job applicants to disclose their criminal conviction history until after they are given a conditional offer of employment.  With limited exception, this prohibition applies to all employers with five or more employees. Employers are now prohibited…

Mark Mizrahi interviewed by Lawyer Monthly on Monetizing Your IP

Mark Mizrahi – Monetizing Your IP Article in Lawyer Monthly Magazine

Avoiding Commercial Lender Liability Claims by Distressed Borrowers | FFS Insights

Part One: A Strong Pre-Negotiation Letter by Jeffrey S. Goodfried You are a responsible, reasonable commercial lender. A borrower has defaulted on its loan and its principal calls you to discuss a short-term proposal to delay enforcing your rights under the loan documents. The principal is nice enough on the phone, and explains the justifications…

Is Your Company Using “Trojan Horse” Evidence in Trade Secret Theft Cases? | FFS Insights

by Arash Beral and John D. Stanley A company’s internal, secret documents can contain some of the most lucrative information, information that may be especially rewarding to a competitor. As all businesses are aware, someone with access to this information (usually a departing employee) could easily harm the business by poaching clients, offering more competitive…

Is Your Company Website and Mobile App Accessible to the Visually Impaired? | FFS Insights

by Arash Beral and Kelsey Hotchkiss Building on a string of victories across the country, visually impaired persons secured a noteworthy win in a January 15, 2019 decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Court applied the “full and equal” access provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to all auxiliary services…

Is Independent Contractor Status Dead in California? | FFS Insights

In late April 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a decision that set out what the court believed was a simpler, clearer test for determining whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor under the California Wage Orders – and which most commentators have opined all but kills most independent contractor relationships in…

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