Get updates by email

Select Specific Blog Updates

Paul Zimmerman
pzimmerman@mrllp.com
310.299.5500

Showing 18 posts from 2013.

Photo of M&R Blog

Chornii Yevhenii © 123RF.com

HR Resolutions for 2014: A Checklist - Part 1

1. Employee handbook and Policies: You should ask yourself when was the last time anyone seriously reviewed the handbook to determine whether it remains compliant with our ever-evolving federal, state, city and local employment laws? Consider having this done, especially if the handbook is 5 years old, or more. A number of developments, particularly at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), now call into question the validity of critical handbook provisions, like at-will disclaimers and confidentiality provisions (more on this in a future employment law post).Heading into the New Year is a good time to assess the past and look to the future.  As we head into 2014, here are some employment law checklist items that all companies, large and small, may want to add to their 2014 “To Do” List.  (Read More)

Photo of M&R Blog

Lane Erickson © 123RF.com

Insurance Regulatory Update

Bill Gausewitz provides regular regulatory updates to the State Bar Insurance Law Committee. Check out the December 2013 report. (Read More)

Photo of M&R Blog

Reimbursement: Tricks & Tips

Physicians and Physician groups (“Physicians”) have fallen on tumultuous financial times over the past few years. We have seen across-the-board slashes to Medi-Cal, and annual Congressional “fixes” that barely avoid further cuts to Medicare. (Read More)

Photo of M&R Blog

Maksim Kabakou © 123RF.com

Insurance Regulatory Update

Bill Gausewitz provides regular regulatory updates to the State Bar Insurance Law Committee. Check out the November 2013 report. (Read More)

Photo of M&R Blog

racorn © 123RF.com

New York City Broadens the Law for Pregnant Employees

On October 2nd, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law which broadens the scope of that law as it relates to the rights of pregnant employees, requiring employers to provide a reasonable accommodation to pregnant employees. (Read More)

Photo of M&R Blog

mybaitshop /depositphotos.com

In Practice: New Bill May Invite Litigation

California has a rapidly increasing number of aging baby boomers, as well as a large population of people known as the "sandwich generation"—those who care for their aging parents while also supporting their own children. Earlier this year, California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson introduced Senate Bill 404 in an attempt to address the needs of family caregivers. SB404 would broaden the list of protected characteristics under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act by adding "familial status" as an additional characteristic upon which employment cannot be denied or terminated. View Full Article

Robert Berg Appears on KFWB News Talk 980's "Money 101 with Bob McCormick"

Rob Berg stressed the importance of having code upgrade coverage and flood insurance. He also encouraged people who own valuable possessions to itemize them on their insurance policies to guarantee maximum reimbursement in the event of an accident, theft or natural catastrophe. 

Photo of M&R Blog

California Supreme Court Reverses Itself on Arbitration Waiver of Right to Wage Hearings

In Sonic–Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno, issued on October 17, 2013, (“Sonic II”) the California Supreme Court held that employers can require employees to arbitrate wage claims.  Previously, California employers could not force employees to arbitrate wage claims that could be filed with the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). (Read More)

Photo of M&R Blog

cookelma /depositphotos.com

Late-Fee Confusion In Calif. Residential Leases

As anyone who has ever surfed the Internet knows, there is a great deal of conflicting information and advice to be found on just about every topic under the sun. One such issue, which has been the subject of increasing interest and debate in online legal forums over the last several years, is whether or not the standard provision for late fees in a residential lease is enforceable in California. (Read More)

Photo of M&R Blog

Wongsaphat Suknachon © 123RF.com

Protecting Agency Trade Secrets in the Modern Workplace

Today’s workplace bears little resemblance to that of 20 years ago. On average, today's college graduate will change employers six times over the course of his or her career, a threefold increase from only 20 years ago. With increased employee mobility comes a need for employers to protect their company's assets from being raided by a departing employee and used by the new employer. View Full Article