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Newsom Enacts Several Pieces of Legislation Impacting California Employers | FFS Insights

by Tal K. Taylor Governor Newsom just enacted several pieces of legislation that will impact many California employers, including banning mandatory arbitration agreements, expanding lactation accommodation requirements, and increasing the time employees have to file certain workplace complaints. Banning Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Beginning on January 1, 2020, employers will no longer be able to require…

The Ever-Changing Laws About Exempt Employees | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy THE NEW FLSA RULE ON EXEMPT STATUS: WHAT CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW Effective January 1, 2020, a new rule will become effective under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), revising the exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees. It is estimated that 1.2 million currently exempt…

Time is Not on Your Side… When it Comes to Seeking Protection of IP Rights | FFS Insights

by Mark Mizrahi When it comes to protecting intellectual property rights, time is absolutely not on your side. It doesn’t pay to procrastinate (and could cost you dearly). IP rights are determined or significantly enhanced by filing for protection early. And timing affects each of the primary IP rights: patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Patents –…

Independent Contractors No More? | FFS Insights

by Tal K. Taylor California set to enact new law making it significantly harder for employers to classify workers as independent contractors. In the coming weeks, Governor Newsom is expected to sign into law a controversial bill impacting millions of California businesses and workers. The new law drastically alters the legal standard used to determine…

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

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