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California Labor Laws 2015: California Expands National Origin Discrimination Definition

The Effect of an “Undocumented” Driver’s License On Workplace Policy and Procedure is Touchy In 2013, Assembly Bill [AB] 60 created Vehicle Code section 12801.9 authorizing the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to provide driver’s licenses to undocumented individuals. AB 60 thus directs the DMV to accept alternative satisfactory forms of proof of identity […]

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California Labor Laws 2015: Interns and Trainees Now Protected from Harassment and Discrimination

Effective January 1, 2015, California Assembly Bill 1443 plugs a gap that had left interns, trainees, and others lawfully involved in unpaid work experience unprotected from unlawful harassment and discrimination. Since its enactment in 1980, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) has prohibited employers from discriminating against “any person … in compensation or in […]

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California Labor Laws 2015: New Requirement for Computer Professional Overtime Exemption

Minimum Hourly Pay Rate to Increase January 1, 2015 California Labor Code section 515.5 exempts certain employees in the computer software field from overtime compensation. The criteria include set minimum compensation. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently increased this minimum, effective January 1, 2015. To comply with the section 515.5 exemption, California employers will […]

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The Annals of Trademark Number 3

Selecting a Trademark Part 2 Distinctiveness In our last trademark blog, we described steps for a prudent business owner to take in choosing a mark that will avoid conflict with existing marks. The second critical consideration is choosing a mark sufficiently “distinctive” from your product or service to permit its registration or protection. An understandable […]

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