WT Deals: Toast News Network Picked Up by Dear Media

Podcast network Toast News Network, which includes the popular podcast The Morning Toast, will be added to the lineup of shows under Dear Media.

The network, founded by WT clients Claudia and Jackie Oshry, features original shows and podcasts from actors and influencers, such as Josh Peck, Lauren Elizabeth, and Shannon Ford. Dear Media will also be making an investment in the Oshry sisters’ cocktail brand, Spritz Society.

Weintraub Tobin helped to broker the deal, along with WME. Claudia and Jackie Oshry are represented by Weintraub shareholder Jessica Marlow.

Read more details about the deal here on IMDb.

Meal and Rest Periods for Public Healthcare Workers Now Guaranteed

Healthcare workers are experiencing a significant amount of occupational fatigue, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Expecting nurses to work lengthy shifts without the chance to eat a meal or rest leads to exhaustion and can increase the likelihood of medical errors. State senator Steven Bradford authored SB 1334, which sought to guarantee meal and rest periods for public healthcare workers. The bill was sponsored by the California Nurses Association (“CNA”), which has 100,000 members in more than 200 facilities throughout California. On September 29, 2022, Governor Newsom signed SB 1334 into law, which adds section 512.1 to the California Labor Code.

Weintraub Tobin Welcomes Susan Roberts

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to welcome Susan Roberts as an associate in the Firm’s Entertainment and Media practice group, where she focuses on digital media, entertainment, defamation, privacy, and intellectual property.

CFRA Family Leave and California Paid Sick Leave Expanded to Employees’ “Designated Persons”

Existing California law provides employees with the right to take paid and unpaid leaves to care for certain family members when they need the employee’s assistance to obtain medical treatment, diagnosis, or preventative care.  On September 29, 2022, Governor Newsom signed into law AB 1041, which adds a “designated person” to the list of individuals for whom an employee may take California Family Rights Act or use paid sick leave. 

WT Wins: Shauna Correia and Katie Collins Secure Dismissal with Prejudice of a Wage and Hour Class Action

On September 21, 2022, Shauna Correia and Katie Collins secured a dismissal with prejudice in Sacramento Superior Court of a wage and hour class action that had been brought against our client by former employees. The plaintiffs’ counsel agreed to dismiss with prejudice in exchange for a waiver of costs after Shauna and Katie filed a summary judgment motion asserting lack of standing, waiver, and estoppel. 

Tips for Avoiding Copyright Infringement

Copyright protection automatically attaches to a work when it is created. Specifically, copyright protection attaches to the original, creative work when it is fixed in a tangible medium, such as when it is written, drawn, recorded digitally, or typed electronically. Copyright law “protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.” It also protects images, photos, videos, and other written work, such as blog posts.  See here.

New Cannabis Discrimination Protections Coming to a California Workplace in 2024

On September 18, 2022, the Governor approved AB 2188, which amends the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), California’s employment antidiscrimination law. Beginning on January 1, 2024, it will be unlawful for employers to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, any term or condition of employment, or otherwise penalize a person for: