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Showing 7 posts from January 2014.

Jordan Bernstein Appears on KKSF's NewsTalk Radio 910 to Discuss New Restaurant Food Preparation Law

Jordan Bernstein discussed California's new restaurant law requiring chefs to wear gloves when preparing food on KKSF NewsTalk Radio 910 with Gil Gross. (Read More)

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How Are You Feeling? NYC’s Earned Sick Time Act Takes Effect April 1

On April 1, 2014, New York City will join several other municipalities including San Francisco, Washington D.C., Portland, Seattle and Connecticut in requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for employees, under a new law called the Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA). 

ESTA covers employers with 15 or more employees, but initially will go into effect for employers with 20 or more employees. Employers with 15 or more employees are not required to provide paid sick time until October 1, 2015. Employers with fewer than 15 employees must provide up to 5 unpaid sick days annually, beginning October 1, 2015. (Read More)

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E-Cigarettes in the Workplace: California Senate Bill 648

Twenty four states, including California, have smoking bans in the workplace.  California has had the ban since 1995, with smoking laws applying to workplaces with more than five employees.  Smoking areas must be in a non-work area, and there are no required accommodations for smokers. (Read More)

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Insurance Regulatory Update

Bill Gausewitz provides regular regulatory updates to the State Bar Insurance Law Committee. Check out the January 2014 report. (Read More)

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SB 251: E-Commerce comes to State Insurance Industry

After a difficult legislative battle, California took a surprisingly small step into the world of 21st century electronic commerce in insurance with the enactment of Senate Bill 251. This bill allows consumers to receive certain notices regarding workers compensation, auto, homeowners, commercial and earthquake insurance via email.  It also adds consumer protections above those required by the current state and federal law. (Read More)

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HR Resolutions for 2014: A Checklist - Part 2

In our last blog, we began a New Year’s checklist of Human Resources items. In this blog we complete that list.

6.  Employee Classification:

The last few years have seen a rise in the number of employee misclassification cases being brought in both state and federal court.  2014 looks like more of the same. These cases, in which a single plaintiff can bring a class or collective action on behalf of others who are “similarly situated,” pose a significant risk to companies, both large and small. (Read More)

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Adapting to a Changing Legal Landscape: Generation Y Attorneys

The law firm is one of the last bastions of the traditional workplace, and arguably diametrically opposed to many of Generation Y's values and work habits. Legal practice has enjoyed a rich tradition, valuing a clear hierarchical structure and the notion of 'paying one's dues,' while the Generation Y workforce emphasizes innovation, individualized goals and ambitions, and flexible work schedules. Generation Y attorneys are often criticized for entitled attitudes and 'lazy' work ethics.