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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Must 100% of Service Charges Be Distributed to Service Employees? A June 27, 2019 California appellate court decision, O’Grady v. Merchant Exchange Productions, Inc., which recently was certified for publication, has unsettled the area of law regarding service charges and gratuities in the hospitality industry. Except where regulated by a contrary local ordinance such as…

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Overview The California Consumer Privacy Act (the CCPA), effective January 1, 2020, defines sweeping new privacy rights for California residents—including the right to know what personal information businesses are collecting, how the information is used, and the right to request that the information be deleted—and in turn, places significant new responsibilities on businesses. The CCPA…

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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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