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NEW YEAR – NEW LAWS

December 21, 2012 has come and gone, and with it the belief that the Mayan’s “end of the world” prediction would obviate the need for employers to comply with the multitude of new California employment legislation.  The following are just a few of the changes to the law that employers can expect for 2013: Changes […]

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NOT SO HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Employer-Sponsored Holiday Parties – Tips for Ensuring a Happy Holiday Season

It is estimated that over two-thirds of employers will host some form of holiday party for their employees in 2012, with many of these parties serving some extra holiday cheer in the form of beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. While holiday parties can be a great way to build morale and/or demonstrate appreciation for employees’ hard work, employers need to ensure that this holiday fun does not turn into a New Year’s liability. With the holiday season nearly upon us, now is the time to assess your company’s upcoming holiday party.

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FLEXIBLE WORKSPACE MEETS INFLEXIBLE LAW

Computers, Wi-Fi, smartphones, Skype, and computer-based meetings all allow an employee to contribute fully while working outside of the traditional office.  These technological advances have also meant that employees can perform their work from home, while on vacation, and while traveling on business.  Many employees have embraced flexible work arrangements, and they have modified their […]

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OBAMACARE IS CONSTITUTIONAL. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO ME AS AN EMPLOYER?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision regarding the constitutionality of President Obama’s controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) makes for much political fodder. But what does it mean to employers? Despite the political uncertainty the nation faces in the upcoming months, many provisions of the ACA are applicable to employers now. This includes providing affordable health care plans to employees. However, what is considered “affordable?” Does the requirement apply to all employers regardless of size? Employers must educate themselves regarding these issues and be in compliance or face stiff penalties.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE: Though Permitted by California Doctors, Not Permitted in Workplace or Protected by ADA

California law allows physicians to prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes; however, its general use and possession is still illegal under both federal and state law. Recently, in response to a move by several California cities to close marijuana clinics within their boundaries, plaintiffs filed suit in federal court challenging the cities’ actions under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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IT’S OFFICIAL – EMPLOYERS ARE NO LONGER THE POLICE!

On April 12, 2012, the California Supreme Court finally issued it’s much anticipated ruling in Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court, holding that employers need not act as surrogate police to their employees. The Court explained that while employers have a duty to provide meal and rest periods to their employees, they have no duty to hover over them to “ensure” that they abstain from working during those breaks. This relieves a huge, impossible burden, which exposed employers to countless class action claims.

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Brown Law Group Participates in “The World’s Fastest 5K”

Brown Law Group attorneys and staff participated in the Carlsbad 5000 on April 1, 2012 (“The World’s Fastest 5K”).  Angelina Aguilar led the BLG team effort by winning a medal for finishing in the top 250 in her division.  Others may not have been quite as speedy, but that did not take away from a […]

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Brown Law Group’s Founder Included In American Bar Association Book on Women Lawyers

Brown Law Group founder and CEO Janice Brown has been recognized for her entrepreneurial spirit and continuing success in the legal field in a book about to be released by the American Bar Association on women lawyers starting their own practices. The Road to Independence: A Woman’s Guide to Forming Her Own Law Firm, consists […]

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Janice P. Brown Newest Member of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms

The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) has named Janice Brown to its Board of Directors.  Brown, founder and CEO of Brown Law Group, has participated actively with and for NAMWOLF for the past three years and has integrated its mission into her legal practice and advocacy for woman in the […]

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You Posted What on Twitter? #Fired!

The use of social media has grown exponentially. Facebook is projected to reach one billion active users by August, and Twitter is on track to reach 500 million users this month. Smart phones allow us to post our opinions, complaints, and musings on social media sites instantaneously – and often, it seems, without much thought. Many, if not most, employees actively use one or more social media sites. This is a cause of concern for business owners, and with good reason. No business owner wants to see his or her business disparaged worldwide by a disgruntled employee firing off a virulent post on Facebook. The threat of damage caused by the disclosure of confidential information about the business or a client or customer is real.

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