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The Importance of Having Your Business Contracts Reviewed by an Attorney

business contract.jpgContracts are an essential part of conducting business. In fact, every business, from a small sole proprietorship to a large fortune 500 retailer that operates in all 50 states, enters into contracts whenever a customer buys goods or services. Business contracts can cover nearly every aspect of business and can include employment contracts, nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), buy-sell agreements, and purchase orders, just to name a few.

Bankruptcy Decision Could Put Public Pensions at Risk in California

creditor rights.jpgChapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code allows municipalities, such as cities and counties to file for bankruptcy. Since 2011, there has been a wave of municipal bankruptcies due in part to the economic recession and also the issue of unfunded retirement obligations. The question is whether municipalities filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy can reduce their payments to public pensions as part of a readjustment plan.

What Employers Need to Know About California's New Fair Pay Act

Fair Pay Act.jpgCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown signed the Fair Pay Act into law on October 6, 2015. The law, which will take effect on January 1, 2016, takes aim at the gender wage gap in California. In the text of the bill, the legislature cited data from a U.S Census Bureau report that women employed full-time year-round in California made 84 cents to every dollar a man earned in 2013.

Federal and California Law on Unpaid Internships

unpaid intern.jpgUnpaid internships have historically been a way for students or recent graduates to gain valuable experience with the possibility of future employment. In the United States, two-thirds of students have completed at least one internship before they graduate from college and nearly half of all internships in the country are unpaid. However, unpaid internships have recently become more controversial following several lawsuits claiming that such programs constitute a violation of state and federal wage laws. While most of these lawsuits have involved the use of unpaid interns in the entertainment, media, and fashion industries, some private-sector businesses have decided that having interns is simply not worth the risk.

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