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
March 03rd, 2017/By Admin/In Blog, SBSBLOG
Topics for this Month include: – New Employment Legislation Introduced in California – Congress’ Attempts to Block DOL Regulations – A Possible National Right to Work Law – Compensating Commission-Based Employees for Rest Breaks – Updates on Challenges to Immigration Ban and DOL’s Fiduciary Rule – Harassing Hugging – Arbitration Clauses in Collective Bargaining Agreements – And more! LEGISLATIVE/REGULATORY UPDATE California Bills to Watch The new two-year legislative cycle has begun, and employment-related bills are already being introduced. Here are three that were proposed in December to keep an eye on: SB 62: Expands the persons and purposes for More
February 02nd, 2017/By Admin/In Blog, SBSBLOG
Topics for this Month include: – City of Los Angeles’ “Ban the Box” Ordinance – Ruling on DOL Overtime Regulations Fast Tracked – Recordkeeping requirements for OSHA Workplace Injury Records – EEOC’s Proposed Harassment Enforcement Guidance – Requirements for Providing Rest Breaks Clarified by California Supreme Court – U.S. Supreme Court to Review (Again) Class Action Waivers – FCRA Disclosure Notice Cannot Include Liability Waiver LEGISLATIVE/REGULATORY UPDATE The City of Los Angeles “Bans the Box” Effective January 1, 2017, most employers with more than ten (10) employees who work, on average, at least two hours per week within the City More
February 01st, 2017/By Admin/In Blog
Firm Partner Robert M. Freedman is pleased to provide you with his comments concerning a litigation strategy used by many in the plaintiffs’ bar. For those who have dealt with this tactic, it is a lesson learned. For those who have not yet faced it, we hope this information will allow you to identify and deal with it early. Please click here for the full article: Reptile Litigation.
January 03rd, 2017/By Admin/In Firm Events
Tharpe & Howell, LLP will be an exhibitor at the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) 2017 Legal Update Conferences to be held on January 10, 2017 (Riverside Convention), January 12, 2017 (Universal Sheraton Hotel), and on January 17, 2017 (Anaheim Marriott). Over 1,000 human resources professionals and business owners attend the annual Legal Update series, which highlight 2017 changes in California and federal laws. If you will be at the conference, please stop by our table to say hello to members of our Firm’s employment litigation team.