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JANUARY 1, 2024: BUSINESS REPORTING NEW MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

JANUARY 1, 2024: BUSINESS REPORTING NEW MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS  In a significant move to bolster its anti-money laundering and anti-tax evasion efforts, the federal government introduced new regulations set to reshape the landscape for businesses formed in 2024 and beyond.  As of January 1, 2024, newly established corporations, limited liability companies...

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EASIER FOR CA EMPLOYEES TO PROVE EMPLOYER RETALIATION

EASIER FOR CA EMPLOYEES TO PROVE EMPLOYER RETALIATION California’s Equal Pay and Anti-Retaliation Protection Act is effective January 1, 2024 and amends certain provisions of the California Labor Code to create a rebuttable presumption of retaliation by the employer in favor of the employee, if an employee experiences an “adverse...

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JOINT EMPLOYER: NEW RULE

JOINT EMPLOYER:  NEW RULE A “joint employer” is when different entities exercise enough control over a worker that they have each formed an employment relationship with that worker. Thus, one worker could be an employee of multiple entities, even if those entities are not associated with one another (think, for...

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California expands Paid Sick Leave to 5 Days/40 Hours

California expands Paid Sick Leave to 5 Days/40 Hours California’s Senate Bill (SB) No. 616 is now law and it amends California’s paid sick leave law to expand mandatory paid sick leave from three days or twenty-four hours to five days or forty hours.  The increased paid sick leave requirements take effect...

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Google Must Pay Employee $1.1 million for Gender Bias Claim

Google Must Pay Employee $1.1 million for Gender Bias Claim A jury found Google guilty of sexual discrimination and awarded Google ex-executive Ulku Rowe $1.1 million.  In Rowe’s lawsuit, she alleged that the company gave higher pay to less-experienced male cohorts and that Google later denied her promotions in retaliation...

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RECOGNIZING OUR SUPER LAWYERS!

RECOGNIZING OUR SUPER LAWYERS! Epps & Coulson, LLP is honored to have shining lawyers of distinction practicing in the firm and in our affiliated firm headquartered in New York.  The Super Lawyers distinction is awarded to only 5 percent of attorneys in each state. Epps & Coulson’s Dawn Coulson has...

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EMPLOYER OWNERS CHARGED WITH FELONY FOR NOT PAYING EMPLOYEES FULL WAGES

EMPLOYER OWNERS CHARGED WITH FELONY FOR NOT PAYING EMPLOYEES FULL WAGES Employers who underpay employees now not only face potential civil lawsuits, but in a historic move, the California Labor Commissioner and Los Angeles District Attorney have joined forces to criminally prosecute employers.  Recently, the owners of a manufacturing company...

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RITE AID TO FILE CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY: WHAT TO KNOW

RITE AID TO FILE CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY:  WHAT TO KNOW Rite Aid is in financial trouble, and with over 1000 federal, as well as a number of state-level lawsuits over allegations that the company contributed to the opioid crisis by oversupplying painkillers, etc., it is preparing to file a Chapter...

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Bankruptcies: They’re Increasing

Bankruptcies:  They’re Increasing Bankruptcy filings were up 17% in the first half of 2023 of 2022 numbers and the surge continues. •Chapter 11 commercial filings totaled 2,973 during the first half of 2023, which was a 68% increase compared to the first half of 2022. •Small business filings, which are...

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