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Are Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Increasing in California?

Posted on November 14, 2018
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Los Angeles is one of California’s largest economic hubs. Not only is it the capital of the entertainment industry, but many tech firms and startups call our city home. However, this economic prosperity doesn’t come without its fair share of problems in the workplace. And these problems are increasing not only in L.A. but across the entire state. Are California Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Increasing? The California Department of Fair Employment and … Read More

What You Need to Know About the New Sexual Harassment Laws Signed by Governor Brown

Posted on November 7, 2018

On September 30, Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills into law and many of them will change the way sexual harassment claims work in California. So, what are these changes and how will they affect employees all over the state? These highlights may help you better understand the changes that have been made. Changes in California Sexual Harassment Law SB 1300 – This bill addresses loopholes that allow employers to conceal incidents … Read More

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Alvarado v. Dart Container – A reprieve for California Employees

Posted on March 9, 2018

On March 5, 2018, the Supreme Court of California issued a ruling in the case Alvarado v. Dart Container Corporation in favor of employees who receive overtime pay as well as a flat sum bonus.  In that case, the plaintiff, Hector Alvarado, worked for defendant, Dart Container Corporation of California, as a warehouse associate.  Dart had a policy providing for a $15 attendance bonus for any employee who was scheduled to work … Read More

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What is Misappropriation of a Trade Secret?

Posted on April 24, 2017

A “trade secret” is confidential business information that gives its owner a competitive economic advantage over competitors.  Trade secrets are typically formulas, consumer profiles, patterns, programs, methods, techniques, or processes unknown to the public world. In order to meet the basic definition of a trade secret, it must be used and known only to a particular business, reasonably guarded, and difficult for others to acquire or duplicate.  The secret recipe to make … Read More

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What Is a “Joint Work” And Who Owns Its Copyright?

Posted on April 7, 2017

A “joint work” is a work prepared by two or more authors with the intention that their contributions be merged into inseparable or interdependent parts of a unitary whole.  See 17 U.S.C. § 101.  A collaborative effort is only classified as a joint work if each author made independently copyrightable contributions to the work, and if the authors fully intended to be coauthors. The phrase “independently copyrightable contributions” implies that if all … Read More

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