The COVID-19 pandemic has forced employers and employment lawyers to brush up on the basics of unemployment law, legal terrain that in the past was largely foreign to them. Pre-COVID-19, employers did not focus on unemployment law because the time needed to learn it outweighed any potential benefit. To a certain degree that remains true….

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On December 18, 2019, Hirschfeld Kraemer attorneys Kirstin Muller, Alison Hamer, Benjamin Treger, and China Westfall presented a one-hour webinar, “California Employment Laws 2020: Your Survival Guide.” The webinar provided a comprehensive overview of what employers need to know in order to stay in compliance in 2020. 2019 was a remarkable year in California employment law. Sacramento lawmakers…

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On October 17, 2019, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP’s John Baum, Dan Handman, and Derek Ishikawa presented an informative 60-minute webinar about California’s new Independent Contractor Law, A.B. 5., passed on September 18, 2019. The webinar provided a comprehensive overview of the new law to help companies learn how to navigate the sweeping changes that are coming…

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2019 California Legislative Update For Employers It’s been a busy session for the California Legislature, passing multiple employment-related bills that Governor Newsom has signed or that are awaiting his signature. The Governor has until October 13 to sign the pending bills. Below is a topline summary of important bills, some of which will or could…

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On September 11, 2019, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 5, a landmark employment bill that largely codifies the state Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court, which we blogged about here. Although the law has been criticized for numerous industry-specific exemptions, described below, Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign it…

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