Category Archives: Employment

Delaware Court Refuses to Nullify California Non-Compete Provision

What are ‘Non-Competes’?  Many employment contracts include a provision called a “non-compete,” which is a set of restrictions that the hiree agrees to abide by when his or her employment is over. This will tend to limit the person’s ability to find employment in the same industry or sector in the same geographic area for

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Double Pay on Thanksgiving and Christmas?

As many families gathered around the table for Thanksgiving, and as many will for the upcoming holidays, some people have no choice but to show up to work on those days in order to make ends meet and support their families. Store openings and employees working on these holidays have caused a bit of a

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New California Law To Protect Contract Workers

California just recently enacted a law that will have an effect on temporary workers within the state. Assembly Bill 1897 was just signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown at the end of September, and not only has modified state labor law, but has added an entirely new section to the labor code. Under state

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Push to Raise Minimum Wage in Los Angeles

The topic of a minimum wage has been covered here previously, and continues to be a major source of controversy around the country. Economists have data that demonstrates how, adjusting for inflation, the minimum wage has failed miserably to keep up with the economy over the last several decades, as there was significantly more buying

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California Raises the Minimum Wage

One of the major controversial topics when it comes to our economy, labor and employment, has been the current federal and state minimum wage values. The current federal minimum wage stands at $7.25 per hour, but many pro-labor activists have advocated for a substantial increase in that level, possibly to as high as $10.10 per

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No-Poach Agreements Are No-No’s

Non-Compete clauses in employment agreements are very common provisions that regulate the behavior of an employee after they leave employment. Non-competes will typically restrict employees from going to competitors, or engaging in business with the specialized knowledge required while at their former employer. Such agreements can both carry time limits on that restriction, as well

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Complying With Wage and Hour Laws

In 2012, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, ignited a firestorm of criticism when she released her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. The book focuses on how working women, particularly working mothers, can grow their careers and their lives. Her critics contend that Sandberg is merely another member of the

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How To Avoid a Misappropriation Lawsuit and Maintain The Confidentiality of Your Trade Secrets

Last October, California-based startup Zettaset, the leader in secure Big Data management, sued Intel Corp., the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker, in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Santa Clara for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and intentional misrepresentation.  Zettaset claims that “among other things… Intel unlawfully

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Class-Action Lawsuit Against Ride-Share Company Uber May Test California Employment Law

Ride-sharing startups are stirring things up in California.  Ride-sharing companies, such as Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and FlightCar, are in the business of providing vehicles-for-hire.  Using mobile apps and other online programs, these ride-sharing companies connect users in need of transportation with non-professional drivers driving their own cars.  In 2010, the California Public Utilities Company (CPUC)

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Businesses Can Face Significant Costs From Workplace Bullying

Two weeks ago, Jonathan Martin, an offensive lineman with the Miami Dolphins, left the football team amid claims he was being bullied and harassed by teammates.  The main perpetrator of the alleged bullying and harassment appears to be Martin’s fellow offensive lineman, Richie Incognito, who allegedly sent threatening and racially charged texts to Martin.  Incognito

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