Employment Law Blogs2020-02-11T13:47:53-08:00

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Should Your Company Offer Unlimited PTO?

A trend we have been seeing in many companies, especially in technology companies, is the offering of unlimited paid time off (PTO) as an employee benefit. Unlimited PTO, or open vacation policy, essentially lets employees take as many days off as they choose to or need to. In theory, this sounds amazing, particularly for employees. However, careful consideration of the pros and cons is a must before implementing such a policy, particularly if your business is in California. The Pros of Unlimited PTO There are many potential benefits to having an unlimited PTO policy. Unlimited PTO creates: A useful recruiting [...]

By |February 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

How Uber & the Gig Economy Are Responding to AB5

With the new labor law, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), in effect, the ride-share company Uber Technologies Inc. has made changes to its app in California. The biggest change to the app is that customers will see a price range instead of seeing an upfront pricing on trips. Other updates include the ability to “favorite” drivers and schedule rides with them as well as adjustments to the Uber rewards program. On the drivers’ side, flat surge pricing has ended, giving drivers more incentive to drive during busy hours. They can even see how much they will make on each ride, beforehand, which has [...]

By |February 4th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Does Your Business Have an Alter Ego?

If you're a business owner, you may have heard the concept of alter ego. As one of the most used concepts in business litigation, alter ego is used in court when a litigant, or accuser, tries to get past the protections of a corporate entity and directly assigns liabilities to the business owner. Corporations are viewed as separate from their owners under corporate law, so when an owner starts abusing their company for personal accounts, the company has essentially become the owner’s alter ego. This, then, opens owners up to personal liability cases, which can cost owners a tremendous amount of [...]

By |January 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

California Minimum Wage Changes in 2020

For 2020, the state of California is increasing the minimum wage to $13, a dollar more than the minimum wage in 2019. Although this is a part of California’s plan for a $15 minimum wage by 2023, several cities within California have established their own minimum wage laws, a few of which have already surpassed the $15 minimum wage. Here is a full list of municipalities with separate minimum wage laws going into effect in 2020: Alameda ($15 an hour on July 1, 2020) Belmont ($15 an hour on Jan. 1, 2020) Berkeley ($15.59 an hour and indexed to inflation [...]

By |January 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

4 Steps to Handling a Search Warrant

Picture this: you are at your company when you hear a commotion outside. You see a team of law enforcement officers abruptly enter with a search warrant in hand and begin searching your premises. What should you do? To help business owners navigate scenarios like this, we put together a quick guide of what you should—and should not—do in the face of search warrants. Don’t talk your way out of it. If your company has received a search warrant, it means that law enforcement has already gathered enough evidence to convince a judge of probable cause to search your premises [...]

By |December 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Have You Updated Your Privacy Policy Lately?

On January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) will officially go into effect. Businesses must ensure they comply with the proposed regulations in the upcoming new year or face civil damages that could total up to $1 million. For those who need a quick refresher, the CCPA aims to give California consumers increased transparency and control over how businesses use and share their personal information. The CCPA impacts a wide range of businesses as it applies to all entities doing business in California and those collecting consumers’ personal information. As a business owner, you must be [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|