Employment News Alert: Two Key Employer Victories
By: Alden Parker
Sunday, October 11, 2015 was the deadline for the Governor to act on bills that were passed by the legislature.
There were two bills the Governor rejected that are seen as key victories for employers. They are:
AB 465 was vetoed. This bill sought to bar mandatory employment arbitration agreements. This would have caused lawsuits to increase and would have driven up litigation costs for California’s employers.
The Three “H”s of Fall: Halloween, Hot Chocolate, and Handbooks
By: Alden Parker
When people begin to think about cool weather, hot chocolate, Thanksgiving, and this year the constant announcements about El Niño, only one thing always comes to my mind……..
Employer Handbook Season!
Yes, the end of the year always brings a flurry of revisions to employer handbooks. This year is no different. Business owners, general counsel, and human resources professionals throughout California and the County always look at Q4 and ask themselves “when was the last time your employee handbook was updated?” We are assisting many clients right now with their handbooks so that they are poised for a January 1 launch.
Patent Owners Beware: Don’t Sleep on Your Rights!
By: Audrey Millemann
Laches, a judicially created defense based on the plaintiff’s delay and prejudice to the defendant, is a proper defense to the recovery of damages in a patent infringement suit, even though the Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that laches does not apply in copyright infringement cases.
A divided en banc Federal Circuit Court of Appeals held in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products (September 18,