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AB 257 Fast Food Worker Wage Council On Hold Per Court Order

AB 257 Fast Food Worker Wage Council On Hold Per Court Order Epps & Coulson, LLP previously reported on the new California bill called FAST Recovery Act, AB 257, which establishes a council to regulate wages and working conditions for more than a million California fast food employees and was...

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Companies Invest in Start-Ups to Grow

Companies Invest in Start-Ups to Grow How does a company meet its growth targets?  Typically, by internal innovation, strategic acquisition of existing companies, … or investment in future acquisition target start-ups under a company funded venture capital program (“CFVC”).  Each has its limitations and benefits, but let’s focus on CFVC,...

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Federal Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Coming

Federal Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Coming On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission proposed a RULE that would essentially ban all employee non-competes, such as restrictive covenants that contractually prohibit an employee from competing against a former employer.  The FTC explained that “non-competes constitute an unfair method of competition and...

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JOB POSTINGS – PAYSCALE DISCLOSURE

JOB POSTINGS – PAYSCALE DISCLOSURE Epps & Coulson, LLP previously updated California employers (for 15 or more employees) of the requirement to include pay scale information in job postings.  That law went into effect on January 1, 2023. The law did not state whether the pay scale should include expected...

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ARBITRATION CLAUSES – ARE THEY ENFORCEABLE?

ARBITRATION CLAUSES – ARE THEY ENFORCEABLE? Business owners, employers, vendors, all of us often use or are confronted with an arbitration clause in agreements.  Busy judges typically enforce the provision and send disputing parties to arbitration, instead of the courts.  But what if an arbitration provision is added to an...

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EMPLOYERS 2023 – Are You Prepared?

EMPLOYERS 2023 - Are You Prepared? Epps & Coulson, LLP wishes all of our clients a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2023. California enacted new laws that affect employers.  We already updated you on the Minimum Wage increase [article], which increased it to $15.50/hour (or more, depending on local...

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Minimum Wage Increase January 1, 2023, Are You Prepared?

Minimum Wage Increase January 1, 2023, Are You Prepared? Since 2017, the state minimum wage has increased every year for employers of all sizes in accordance with legislation signed into law by former Gov. Jerry Brown.  That law requires minimum wage of $15 now.  Employers with 26 or more employees...

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PART 2: Employer Internal Investigations

PART 2: Employer Internal Investigations An employer can be held liable for sexual harassment by a supervisor unless the employer can prove that it exercised care to prevent harassment and took steps to investigate complaints.  Once reported, an internal investigation can make or break the employer’s defenses for litigation.  In...

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Employer Internal Investigations – Are They Confidential? 

Employer Internal Investigations – Are They Confidential? Many employers get a complaint about an employee or some wrongful conduct and immediately launch into an investigation.  Even more, when investigating, the employer often confirms to other employees that what the employee or witness says will be kept confidential.  But, will it?...

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