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Among the many legislative bills signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on his way out of office, no less than five of them take aim at preventing sexual harassment and depriving bad actions from being covered up. The summary below provides an overview of the important new laws likely to affect CA employers. To view full article, click here
In August 2017, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. referred to himself as “Floyd Crypto Mayweather” and said in an Instagram post that he was going to make a “$hit t$n of money” from an Initial Coin Offering. The Securities and Exchange Commission noticed, and the boxer narrowly avoided a financial knockout by settling with the agency for promoting such ICOs without disclosing he was paid to endorse them. Music producer DJ Khaled cut a similar deal…
Employees who abuse opioids often are given a second chance by their employers. But well-meaning employers could wind up being sued for discriminating against those workers in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if they don’t handle the situation very carefully. Opioid addiction has been rampant in the U.S. for some time. More than three out of five drug overdose deaths last year involved an opioid, and overdoses rose 70 percent in the…
Despite periodic rumors to the contrary, employers are typically not interested in policing their employees’ off-duty-conduct or in becoming their employees’ thought-patrol.  However, there are occasions in which an employee’s ostensibly “personal” off-duty statements can force an employer’s hand.  When that happens, both employees and employers are often confused about the line between unpleasant statements about which they can do nothing and those that can lead to discipline or termination. Part of the confusion stems from…
A former high school teacher and NFL cheerleader sleeps with her student.  She faces widespread scorn, including scathing Internet comments.  Despite the scorn, she becomes engaged to the student. It sounds like the plot of a made-for-TV movie.  But these facts form the basis of a landmark defamation lawsuit that could have ramifications for any website that allows users to post comments. The Story Sarah Jones is a former high school teacher and Cincinnati Bengals…
Since then, this goal has often been cited by the Chinese government as a reason for Internet censorship.  In Mandarin, the word “Harmonious” is pronounced héxié (the accent marks here indicate rising tones).  However, by changing the tones slightly to héxiè (a rising tone followed by a falling tone) the word changes from harmonious to “river crab” – which has become Internet slang for government censor.  So when something suddenly disappears from the Internet in…
Recent Cases Involving Facebook    I recently attended a presentation by retired judge Jacqueline Connor on the effect of social media in the legal system.  After listening to her talk about a number of highly amusing cases, I went online to see just how many such cases are now out there.  I was shocked to find that in the month of February 2014 alone, there were over 100 legal opinions issued in the U.S. just…
Much of the independent video game world is up in arms regarding the recent news that large UK game developer King.com has “trademarked” the word CANDY.  Many see this as an attempt by a Wonka-esque behemoth to grab control of a common word in order to crush its smaller competitors like some piece of common confectionary.  While there may be some truth to that thought, as is often the case when legal issues get picked up…
Federal Judge Declares Sherlock Holmes Characters in Public Domain.  Sort of. Comedian Dmitri Martin has a great joke about the expression “sort of.”  Although normally a fairly meaningless expression, saying “sort of” after certain things suddenly becomes very important.  Such as after the phrase “I love you,” or “You’re going to live,” or “It’s a boy.”  I immediately thought of this joke after reading a recent order issued by a federal court in Illinois.  The…