Heads Up on New FRCP Amendments

464956543Do 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.

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Heads Up Employers: New Law Limits Use of E-Verify

interview_80608276The 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

Give Paid Time Off or Sick and Vacation Leave?

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

21 Things to Tell Your Testifying Witness

witness_87617035Before your friendly witness is called to the stand, you should go over some general guidelines with him or her. This is particularly true of inexperienced witnesses, but it can’t hurt to review these admonitions even with someone who’s very experienced in giving trial testimony. You also might want to give them a hard copy to look over just before testifying. Continue reading

Should Your Firm Have a Chief Privacy Officer?

ThinkstockPhotos-480885099Following 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

Expert Tip: Use Jury Instructions in Your Opening and Closing

78724287By 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

Enforcing a Judgment That’s Expired? You May Still Be in Luck

ThinkstockPhotos-483634286You 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

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