Lessons on Social Media in the Workplace

485226707The following is a guest blog post by Tyler M. Paetkau, a partner with Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau in Redwood City. Tyler represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He’s a frequent author and speaker on labor and employment law issues, and the former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California.

The workplace has certainly been affected by the explosion of social media. Courts and administrative agencies are grappling with complex issues involving employee personal privacy, harassment, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, and union-organizing efforts in the age of social media. Although the rules are far from clear, there is some guidance for employers out there. Continue reading

Divorce Equality?

75627516Before they could legally marry, many long-term same-sex couples thought of themselves as “married,” but if these couples did marry when they were able to and then got divorced, they learned that California law doesn’t think the same way.

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Sometimes You’re Legally Right and Legally Wrong

459956463The following is a guest blog by Alan M. Goldberg of the Law Office of Alan Goldberg. Alan’s practice includes Appeals, Civil Trials, and Family Law. You can follow Alan on Twitter @AlanMGoldberg.

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Squat to Own

185574552There’s a new breed of squatter—White Hat Squatters, if you will—who are saving depressed neighborhoods from the blight of abandoned properties and gaining ownership though adverse possession. Continue reading

10 Tips for Monitoring or Litigating Foreclosures

115754429Foreclosures are declining in number, but they’re still occurring at above-normal rates. Whether you’re new to foreclosure practice or have been in it for years, these tips will help you meet the challenges of newly adopted and heavily revised statutes and regulations governing mortgage foreclosure in California. Continue reading

How Far Can a Company Go to Protect Its Online Reputation?

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Updated 4/24/14: On April 22, 2014, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee approved AB 2365, put forward by Assemblyman John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles), which would make non-disparagement clauses in contracts for sale or lease of consumer goods or services unlawful unless the clause is knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently waived by the consumer. Perez authored the bill after learning about the KlearGear case. The bill is next set to be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The following is a guest blog post by Harmony Groves Kessler, a solo practitioner assisting individuals, small businesses, and attorneys with legal issues in business contracts/transactions public agency law and family law in northern California. She is the former Mayor of Arcata, California, where she served a four-year term on the City Council.

In today’s world, especially with sources like Yelp, it’s simple to find online reviews of most any company. We often rely on posted comments to get a sense of a business and feel justified to warn other customers when we’ve had a bad experience. Companies are increasing their efforts to monitor their online reputation and keep critical reviews from driving business away. But is punishing a customer for a bad review with a large fine going too far? Continue reading

New Law for CA Commercial and Industrial Common Interest Developments

117333095New year, new law for California commercial and industrial common interest developments (CIDs). CIDs used to be governed by the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, just like residential condominiums and planned developments. But since January 1, 2014, nonresidential CIDs look to an entirely new set of statutes. Continue reading

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