May 05th, 2017/By Admin/In Blog, SBSBLOG
Topics for this Month include: – Pending Employment Legislation – Department of Labor and NLRB Appointments – Federal Equal Pay Act and Past Salary History – Effect of Resigning While in a Temporary Altered Mental State – Arbitration Agreements Prohibiting Public Injunctive Relief LEGISLATIVE/REGULATORY UPDATE California Bills to Watch The following is a list of bills pending in California and the U.S. Legislature that could have a significant impact on employers. Don’t let these bills pass you by – if any of these bills could affect your company and/or your employees – whether good or bad – have your voice More
May 02nd, 2017/By Admin/In Blog
Firm Partner Robert Freedman and other respected guest panelists recently spoke on the topic of Creative Settlements: Out-of-the-Box Thinking to Obtain Resolution during the CLM March Webinar Series. During their presentation, the panel explored the dynamics of resolving problem cases which would benefit by non-traditional and “out-of-the-box” strategies.
April 07th, 2017/By Admin/In Blog, SBSBLOG
Topics for this Month include: – New Employment Legislation Introduced in California – Status of OSHA Reporting Regulations & Repeal of Blacklisting Executive Order – Possible Expansion of FMLA – Update on Law on Employment Arbitration/Class Action Waiver Agreements – Protection of Internal Whistleblowing – Second Meal Period Waivers for Healthcare Workers Clarified LEGISLATIVE/REGULATORY UPDATE California Bills to Watch More employment-related legislation was introduced during the first quarter of 2017. Here are some of the bills now pending in California for employers to keep an eye on: SB 63: Expands the CFRA to employers with 20 or more employees within More
Tharpe & Howell, LLP, recently defeated a putative nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of a publicly traded manufacturing/distribution client. In March of 2016, the Firm’s client, a well known personal care products company, was hit with a class action lawsuit for alleged violations of consumer protection and warranty laws. The representative plaintiff (a resident of New York) claimed that, in 2012, she had purchased an electric heating pad manufactured by the Firm’s client which then burned her in November of 2015. The Complaint alleged “diminution of value” of the heating pad and overpayment for an allegedly defective product. On behalf More
Tharpe & Howell’s Coverage and Bad Faith Defense Team and Appellate Team achieved excellent results for an insurance carrier client when the California Court of Appeal upheld the previous granting of a Motion for Summary Judgment in an action alleging bad faith! In the underlying case, an insured of GEICO Indemnity Company (the Firm’s client), was sued for causing an auto accident while operating a company vehicle on a personal errand, and the plaintiff obtained a judgment. In the subsequent direct action against GEICO for recovery of its policy proceeds, the main issue concerned coverage for “non-owned autos,” and whether More