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Do You Own Your Social Media Account?

As social media continues to permeate our everyday lives, more and more businesses have created social media accounts on websites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook in order to promote their brand. Does the singular act of creating a social media account by a business establish ownership, or should a business do more to establish actual ownership...

The California Evidence Code and Trade Secrets

The important relationship between the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the California Evidence Code may not be readily apparent to parties engaged in trade secret litigation. When an employee leaves their employment, the subsequent lawsuit by a former employer often involves issues relating to nondisclosure agreements, noncompetition clauses...

Senate Bill 400: Employment Protections for Stalking Victims

Effective January 1, 2014, Senate Bill 400 (“SB 400”) amended California Labor Code Sections 230 and 230.1 to extend the protections afforded to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault against discharge, discrimination, and retaliation, to employees who are the victims of stalking...

Avoiding the Trojan Horse When Onboarding Employees

Hiring a new employee who has outstanding work experience and qualifications, stellar performance in multiple interviews with management, and fits a critical part of the firm’s business is an exciting experience, indeed, like a gift. While employers that retain promising new employees may not suffer the same fate as the Trojans...

What Effect Do the Recent Supreme Court Title VII Cases Have on California Employers?

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two opinions that were largely heralded as great victories for companies that are regularly sued under Title VII, the federal statute that prohibits: 1) discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and religion; and 2) retaliation against employees that complain of discrimination...