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California Just Made Meal Break Compliance Extremely Difficult | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy In late February, the California Supreme Court ruled that employers may not round time for meal breaks.[1]  This means that the large number of employers who still round clock in and out time cannot do so for meal breaks even if they continue to lawfully do it at the beginning and…

Newsom Enacts New Law Expanding Prior Sick Leave Benefits | FFS Insights

by Tal K. Taylor California’s COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave law expired December 31, 2020.  On March 19, 2021 Governor Newsom enacted a new law which expands upon the prior sick leave benefits and imposes new workplace notice obligations upon employers.  The law goes into effect March 29, 2021 and is retroactive to January 1,…

LA County Extends Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

by Tal K. Taylor In April 2020 Los Angeles County issued an interim urgency ordinance to establish supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons for employees of businesses with 500 or more employees nationally.  That ordinance expired on 12/31/20.  However, last week the County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to extend the sick leave…

Diving Deep For Documents Opens Even Deeper Pockets | FFS Insights

by Robert M. Heller If litigation is commonly a war of attrition, discovery is the battlefield where that war is often decided.  And that terrain is particularly perilous for plaintiffs in derivative litigation, because a minority shareholder demanding documents and information from the defending majority in a derivative dispute confronts a perpetual conundrum: the majority…

Employment Law Updates to Prepare You For the New Year | FFS Insights

by Tal K. Taylor We can all agree that 2021 can’t come soon enough.  However, before leaping into the new year, California employers should ensure that they are up to date on the latest modifications to the State’s ever-evolving employment laws. Expansion of Family Leave Rights The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) which has historically…

Passing of Prop 19 Limits Use of Major Property Tax Exemption | FFS Insights

As you may know, it looks like Proposition 19 (“Prop 19”) will pass. Prop 19 severely limits the use of the parent-child exclusion for property tax purposes. If you are considering a transfer of California real estate to your children, whether now or in the future, and you wish to avoid an increase in property taxes, you…

Potential Change in the Gift/Estate Tax Exemption May Impact You | FFS Insights

Currently, each person has a $11,580,000 gift/estate tax exemption (which is scheduled to increase to $11,700,000 per person in 2021), and under current law, this exemption amount will revert back to the pre-2018 law amount which was $5,000,000 per person (adjusted for cost of living increases), after 2025. Based upon the election, it is possible…

California Expands Employer Leave Obligations Under the CFRA | FFS Insights

by Tal K. Taylor Governor Newsom recently enacted legislation that significantly expands employee leave rights under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).  Currently, the CFRA requires employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year due to the employees’ own illness, to care for a seriously ill family member…

California Changes Its Independent Contractor Law – Again! | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy AB 5, the controversial California landmark legislation that dramatically changed the landscape of independent contractor versus employee status, has barely been in place since it became effective January 1, 2020.  It was followed by much gnashing of teeth by both businesses and many independent contractors who found their relationships altered in…

In-person Learning, Against all Pods?

by Tal K. Taylor As many students begin the schoolyear without on-site instruction, the concept of in-home learning pods is gaining in popularity among parents and caregivers.  A group of families may decide to jointly hire a tutor to teach an in-person curriculum or to help facilitate or supplement the online curriculum of a school…

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