Topic: California Law

California Employers Should Begin to Prepare Now for Minimum Wage Hike

Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 per hour in July 2014, with a second increase to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016. And there’s no time to waste, writes Gregory Cheng of law firm Ogletree Deakins: “Employers should not… Read more »

[Video] Corporate Law Report: News to Use Now

Welcome to 2013’s inaugural edition of the Corporate Law Report, a look at some of the top corporate news items we’ve been following this first week of the new year. You know the drill: Watch the video overview above and, for any topics that interest you, go deeper with the legal analysis and commentary below>>… Read more »

Stricter California Pregnancy Disability Leave Regulations Take Effect December 30, 2012

“The Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) recently issued revised regulations that govern pregnancy disability leave (PDL) in California. The new regulations take effect December 30, 2012, and include changes that will affect employers’ pregnancy leave of absence policies. California employers with five or more employees are covered by PDL.” (Wilson Sonsini) California employers take… Read more »

California Corporations Score Big Tax Win with Gillette Ruling

On July 24, 2012, a California Court of Appeals ruled in Gillette Company v. Franchise Tax Board that Gillette – and any other California corporate taxpayer with multistate operations – is entitled to calculate its income tax based on methods set forth in the Multistate Tax Compact adopted by the state in 1974. First, the… Read more »

California Law News: On Brinker, Arbitration, Social Media Access, Health Insurance, Church Solicitations, & More

For your reference, a roundup of legal advisories on issues of relevance to companies doing business in the state of California: Calif. Assembly OKs Bill To Shield Workers’ Facebook Logins (Mintz Levin – Employment, Labor & Benefits) “A landmark bill that aims to protect California employees and prospective workers from being asked by a company… Read more »

California Law: Mobile App Privacy Protections, Benefit Corporations, “Trial by Formula,” Revolutionary Clean Car Standards, & More

For your reference, a roundup of recent commentary on legal developments in The Golden State: On consumer privacy… California Attorney General and Mobile Platform Providers Agree to Require Mobile Software Application Developers to Implement Privacy Policies (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP) “On February 22, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced a privacy agreement concerning mobile… Read more »

California Supreme Court Rules Against Expansion of Asbestos Liability in O’Neil v. Crane

On January 12, 2012, the California Supreme Court ruled in O’Neil v. Crane that a manufacturer may not be held liable for harm caused by another manufacturer’s product: “Recognizing plaintiffs’ claims would represent an unprecedented expansion of strict products liability. We decline to do so… The broad rule plaintiffs urge would not further the purposes of… Read more »

Redevelopment Agencies Eliminated: What’s Next for California?

We recently reported on the California Supreme Court decision in California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos, which upheld a state law that will dissolve the nearly 400 redevelopment agencies across the state. But that isn’t likely to be the final word on the subject, as recent commentary and analysis on the ruling would seem to indicate:… Read more »

Redevelopment Agencies Eliminated in California Supreme Court Ruling

On December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court upheld AB1X26, a bill designed to dissolve the nearly 400 redevelopment agencies across California and allow the state to recapture more than $1.7 billion previously earmarked for local projects. Because the Court also stopped AB1X27, which would have permitted the agencies to stay alive by surrendering a… Read more »

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Takes Effect January 1, 2012

“… covered retailers and manufacturers must, at a minimum, disclose to what extent, if any, the retailer, seller or manufacturer does each of the following: 1. Engages in verification of product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery. The disclosure shall specify if the verification was not conducted by a… Read more »

Human Trafficking & Slavery Law Comes to California Business

“Although the law does not require companies to take specific actions other than the disclosures, companies affected by the law should see this as an opportunity to actually take steps to make their supply chains free of slave labor or human trafficking…” We’re watching with interest law firm coverage of The California Transparency in Supply… Read more »