California Governor Signs “New Parent Leave Act”
By Michelle Covington
On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 63 (“the New Parent Leave Act”). Under the new law, employers may not refuse to allow certain employees to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child. When the leave is taken, the employer must guarantee the same or comparable position upon the employee’s return.
Existing law prohibits an employer from refusing to allow a female employee disabled by pregnancy,
Allegan’s Restasis Patents Invalidated by a Federal District Court Even After Transfer to Native American Tribe and Sovereign Immunity Claim.
By: Eric Caligiuri
In Allergan, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al, Case No. 2:15-cv-1455-WCB (EDTX October 16, 2017 Order), a Federal District Court recently invalidated several patents covering Allergan’s dry-eye drug Restasis. The ruling is notable because these are the same six patents Allegan just weeks ago transferred to the Saint Regis Mohawk Native American tribe in an effort to shield them from review at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”).
State-Wide BAN THE BOX Law No More Criminal Conviction Questions on Employment Applications
By Beth V. West
On October 14, 2017, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 (the “Fair Chance Act”). The new law puts in place some protections for those individuals with criminal backgrounds seeking employment. The new law will be contained in Section 12952 of the California Government Code.
Existing law prohibits an employer, whether a public agency or private individual or corporation, from asking an applicant for employment to disclose,