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To soften the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are assessing their insurance policies whether existing insurance policies may provide some relief.  A New Orleans restaurant recently filed the first of a potential flood of lawsuits seeking insurance benefits to cover losses from government-mandated closures due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.  At the …


California Assembly Bill 5 (AB-5) is a law aimed at classifying most workers as employees rather than independent contractors, that went into effect Jan. 1, 2020. However, the day before the law was to take effect, U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez of the Southern District of California granted an application by the California Trucking …


What Employers Need to Know About “Ban the Box” (Assembly Bill No. 1008) By Kori Macksoud, Esq. In California, nearly one in three adults have an arrest or conviction record that can significantly undermine their efforts to obtain gainful employment. Experts have found that employment is essential to reducing recidivism, that people with criminal records …


Kristi Dean Presents Fair Competition and Playing the Litigation Game to IIAB-OC Kristi Dean presented back-to-back seminars to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Orange County (IIAB-OC) today, August 9, 2018. Both presentations were offered in-person in a classroom setting and online via webinar. Qualifying attendees received 3-hours of Continuing Education credit for their …


Working After Clocking-Out: California Supreme Court Rules Against Starbucks, Holds Regularly Occurring Work Time is Compensable By Robyn McKibbin, Esq. Douglas Troester is a former shift supervisor for Starbucks Corporation. He sued Starbucks on behalf of himself and other non-managerial employees who performed closing tasks from mid-2009 to October 2010. Starbucks’ software required Troester to …


New ABC Independent Contractor Test Will Likely Spur More Wage & Hour Class Actions By Robyn McKibbin, Esq. Labor laws and regulations govern employees’ wage rates, work hours and other working conditions. Employees are also subject to various federal and state payroll taxes. Independent contractors, however, are not entitled to the protections of the wage …


Cold Survival Tactics for Frozen Truckers in the Wake of 2018’s Winter Storms By Matthew Harvey Early 2018 brought what meteorologists described as a “Bomb Cyclone” to the East Coast, which led to record-breaking freezing temperatures across the country. The Niagara Falls even froze over, and dozens of deaths were reported. To add insult to …


December News Update — California, Employment, Business, Insurance December 2017’s trending legal updates, court decisions, and important news in California, Employment, Business, and Insurance. California Law People in Los Angeles county can now text 911 during emergencies. The SMS message service is intended for the hearing impaired and those in dangerous situations unable to talk …


November News Update — California, Employment, Business, Insurance, Transportation November’s trending legal updates, court decisions, and important news in California, Employment, Business, Insurance, and Transportation. California Law Victims of the deadly California wildfires that killed at least 43 people and caused billions of dollars in property damage are suing the utility company Pacific Gas & …


Snakes on a Plane? The Difference Between Service Animals & Support Animals By Leslie Blozan, Esq. Not so long ago, pets were not allowed in restaurants, markets and malls; only service animals such as guide dogs were ever seen at these locations. California law allows the disabled to bring trained service dogs and psychiatric service dogs to all …

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