Posted on November 23, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Do you know about the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that will take effect on December 1, 2015? The amendments touch a variety of issues, but most significantly impact the scope of permissible discovery and the duty to preserve electronically stored information (and the sanctions for not doing so). Here are some of the noteworthy changes.
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: amendments, discovery, electronically stored information, ESI, FCRP, federal court practice, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, service of summons | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 20, 2015 by CEB
The following is a guest blog post by James C. Anderson of Triebsch & Frampton, APC, in Turlock, California. Mr. Anderson practices in the areas of labor law, employment law for management, business transactions, and civil litigation.
Many California employers use the federal electronic employment verification system, better known as E-Verify, to validate whether the employees they hire are authorized to work in the United States. E-Verify has been a relatively easy and low-risk verification system to use, but that may change with a new law that penalizes the use of E-Verify to check the employment authorization status of someone who hasn’t been offered employment. Continue reading
Filed under: Employment Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: E-Verify, employers and employees, employment offer, immigration status, immigration verification system, job applicants | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 17, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Is it better for an employer to operate under a paid time off (PTO) policy or to have vacation and sick leave policies instead? A PTO policy is very appealing because it’s more straightforward and seems easier to administer, but there are downsides to taking that route. Continue reading
Filed under: Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: employee benefits, employer and employees, paid time off, PTO, sick leave, vacation leave | 11 Comments »
Posted on November 13, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Following the trend in big business, a Pennsylvania law firm has just appointed its first Chief Privacy Officer (CPO). Should your firm consider having such a position? Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Topics, Practice of Law | Tagged: Chief Privacy Officer, data security, encryption, information security, law firm data security, security plan | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 9, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
By the time you prepare your opening statement, you’ll know specifically what the legal theories of your case are and generally what the jury instructions will be. By the time of your closing argument, the instructions will have been settled. Make sure to plan your opening and closing with the jury instructions in mind. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Litigation Strategy, Trial Strategy | Tagged: closing argument, jury instruction, Jury trial, opening statement, trial attorney, trial skills | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 6, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
You can only enforce a judgment in the window between its effective date (with no stays in effect) and the date the judgment or renewal of the judgment expires. The key to getting more time is all in the expiration date. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics | Tagged: debt collection, enforcing a judgment, expiration of a judgment, judgment | Leave a comment »