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NEW LAW BANNING EMPLOYEE NON-COMPETE CLAUSES

NEW LAW BANNING EMPLOYEE NON-COMPETE CLAUSES (IN EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS AND AGREEMENTS) California’s Senate Bill 699 (along with existing laws), bans (actually voids) agreements that purport to restrain an employee from competing with the employer:  Existing law (Business & Profession Code 16600) states "Every contract by which anyone is restrained from...

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Medi-Cal Fraud

Medi-Cal Fraud Epps & Coulson, LLP represents groups of clients in four core areas:  business generally, real estate, employment and health care.  We keep up with what’s going on in those core areas.  On the health care front, we help clients stay out of regulatory trouble, as well as all...

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CA Extends Attorney Appearing Remotely for Court Proceedings

CA Extends Attorney Appearing Remotely for Court Proceedings Existing law authorizes, until July 1, 2023, a party to appear remotely and a court to conduct conferences, hearings, proceedings, and even trials in civil cases, in whole or in part, through the use of remote technology.  While California Senate Bill 133...

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Apartment Owners Fighting New LA Rent Laws

Apartment Owners Fighting New LA Rent Laws The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (“AAGLA”) filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles in order to stop LA’s enforcement of two renter protection ordinances:  Ordinance No. 187763 requiring at least one month of past due rent before the landlord...

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SELL SELL SELL YOUR LA REAL ESTATE BEFORE YOU’RE TAXED MORE

SELL SELL SELL YOUR LA REAL ESTATE BEFORE YOU’RE TAXED MORE APRIL 1, 2023…April Fools Day.  Don’t wait until then to close on your transactions.  Los Angeles Measure ULA is commonly known as the “mansion tax.”[1] It will impose a new “Homelessness and Housing Solutions Tax” on transfers of residential...

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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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EEOC RELEASES UPDATED “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” POSTER

EEOC RELEASES UPDATED “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” POSTER The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has released an updated poster (“Know Your Rights”) that federal nondiscrimination laws require employers to display.  Covered employers with 15 or more employees must post the new version as soon as possible. Employers covered by federal...

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California Amends Hate Crime Law

California Amends Hate Crime Law California has enacted legislation (Assembly Bill 2282), which clarifies the state's hate crime law as it pertains to the workplace and increases the potential for penalties.  The bill addresses a growing problem with hate crimes surging to the highest in 12 years.  The new law...

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