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The Sidebar - December 2015

Poole & Shaffery, LLP is a full service business firm with attorneys who focus on a variety of different areas of litigation, counseling and transactional services, including: bankruptcy, business litigation, business transactions, commercial litigation, construction law, construction defect claims, employment and labor law, environmental law, government affairs, intellectual property matters, insurance law, land use, non-profit and tax-exempt organizations, product liability, premises liability, real estate law, and toxic torts.

Disclaimer: The articles contained herein are intended for general information purposes only. Nothing contained in this document is legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as such.

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By: Brian E. Koegle
Ringing in 2016 with New Employment Laws

As we say goodbye to 2015 and ring in 2016, business owners around California are preparing to comply with a bevy of new laws passed by the state legislature. With 877 new laws signed by Governor Brown this year alone – many of which are applicable to businesses – staying on top of the new rules is a daunting task! Add in the various state and federal court rulings, as well as administrative "clarifications" of existing law, and it becomes understandable why many business owners take the ostrich approach, by burying their collective heads in the sand. Unfortunately, ignorance of the law is not a defense, and the penalties for non-compliance can be catastrophic to smaller businesses! This is why our year-end tradition of providing a brief overview of the most important California legal changes has become a favorite of our clients.

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By: Hunt C. Braly
California Legislature Delivers a Little Hope to Improving California's Business Climate in the 2015 Legislative Session

California has a well-deserved reputation as an unfriendly place to do business and create jobs. Our environmental and land use regulations are much more cumbersome and expensive than most other states. In addition, our business regulations and tax structure continue to lead many businesses to either move their operations out of California, or decide not to expand their businesses and facilities in other states where they have existing operations.

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By: Cecilie E. Read
Desperate Housewives’ Employment Lawsuit May Last As Long As Series

The California Court of Appeals recently held that an employee is not required to exhaust her administrative remedies by filing a complaint with the Labor Commissioner before commencing a civil action under California Labor Code § 6310, which protects whistleblowers, unlike some other employment related claims.

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