Ben Jakovljevic

The Dueling Banjos: Two Recent Supreme Court Solos Echo Through California Employment Law

The courts in the United States often zig and zag in different ways, as some judges lean one way or another. The result is like dueling banjos, with melodies resonating for years as employment lawyers in Los Angeles pick up their own instruments to mimic the rhythm to their own case. Two employment law “solos”…

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The Lawyer as Counselor

Many lawyers – or at least some lawyers – or at least this lawyer – got into the profession because they wanted to help people. This help can be defined by many different roles, and accordingly the lawyer goes by many names (some of which are not fit for print here). But given all the…

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Overview of the New Parent Leave Act

With the turning of the calendar to 2018, a host of new laws in California, and employment law is no exception.  This post explains how mid-size businesses must pay attention to an expanded law mandating unpaid leave for new parents. The New Parent Leave Act (SB 63) amends Government Code section 12945.6.  Under this Act,…

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Properly Classifying Exempt Employees

Employers, start 2018 with a resolution you can keep.  By ensuring you know who your exempt and nonexempt employees are, you can avoid one less headache in this new year. Employers who have or want to have exempt employees must be careful to ensure these employees meet various state and federal exemption requirements.  California has…

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Deduction Denied – The Two-Way Effect of a New Tax Provision for Payments Related to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse

The year 2017 saw a significant amount of attention paid to allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace, and the recently passed U.S. tax bill attempts to address some of those issues.  But the bill itself is not without controversy.  One provision in the bill, for example, will make sexual harassment settlements non-deductible for employers…

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