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California Employers Can Still Require Employees to Sign Arbitration Agreements…For Now | FFS Insights

by Tal K. Taylor In October of 2019 Governor Newsom enacted a law that prohibits California employers from requiring their employees to enter into certain types of arbitration agreements.  Specifically, the law precludes employers from requiring, as a condition of employment, continued employment, or the receipt of any employment-related benefits, that any employee waive his…

Monetizing Your Intellectual Property | FFS Insights

by Mark B. Mizrahi You can appreciate the value of IP rights by looking at some of the most well-known and successful companies in the world, such as Samsung, Apple, Facebook, etc.  In many cases, the product, be it hardware, software, or a business method, can be easily replicated or reverse-engineered by any person with skill in a particular field.…

California Leads Nation in New Employment Laws for 2020 | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy Once again, California is on the leading edge of new laws designed to protect workers. Unless otherwise indicated, the following laws became effective January 1, 2020. Worker Classification AB 5, which adds new Labor Code section 2750.3, amends Labor Code section 3351 amends Unemployment Insurance Code sections 606.5 and 621, codifies…

Secure Act – Partial Elimination of Retirement Plan Stretch-Outs | FFS Insights

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” Act (“SECURE Act”), which became effective as of January 1, 2020. The SECURE Act made changes to the rules for making distributions from IRAs, ROTH IRAs, qualified retirement plans, and similar accounts (“Retirement Plans”), as briefly described below,…

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…

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