Category: Employment

Independent Contractor Agreement

When hiring an independent contractor, having an Independent Contractor Agreement is important. California has very stringent labor laws. First, it is important that you are correctly classifying someone as an Independent Contractor. Incorrectly classifying employees as independent contractors could subject the employer to liability under the Unfair Competition Law. Who creates the agreement? If you [..]

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Classification of Employees in California

Hiring new employees is an exciting time in your business. However, it usually raises questions related to classification of employees, especially in California. Wage and hour laws in California are some of the most stringent in the nation.  Below is some basic information on the classification of employees. This is not an all-inclusive list. Independent Contractor [..]

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Can an Employer Terminate Me Because I Filed Bankruptcy?

Many people wonder about the ramifications of a bankruptcy filing. Of course they realize that it has an immediate effect on their credit, but they often wonder about its effect upon their employment. They question whether an employer will look unfavorably on a bankruptcy filing and decide to terminate them. After all, California is an [..]

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Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation?

An increasing number of employees are starting to work from home on a regular basis. As computer technology allows workers to accomplish their job duties from outside the office, telecommuting makes more sense. Not only does it lower the cost of providing office space for employees, it can provide the employee more time to efficiently [..]

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Setting Guidelines for Employee Online Conduct

Employers should be aware that their employees are going to be on social media websites, and not just for personal reasons. Thus, it is important to have guidelines for how you expect your employees to conduct themselves online. Most of the guidelines for online conduct are common sense, but it is better to outline your [..]

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Protection of Trade Secrets in Relations with Employees

One of the most important ways you can protect your trade secrets is to have your employees sign confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements. It is important to make it clear to your employees what their obligations are with respect to protecting the company’s trade secrets and confidential information. You should confer with a local business attorney [..]

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Proper Documentation of Trade Secrets

If your company wants to protect its trade secrets, it is essential to properly document them in either paper or electronic form. This process is important because it can provide evidence that your business viewed and treated the information as secrets. Documentation shows you identified your trade secrets and treated them as proprietary and secret [..]

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How do I Identify my Company’s Trade Secrets?

Most business owners are aware that it is important to protect their company’s trade secrets, but they aren’t sure what trade secrets they actually have that need protection. Below are examples of items that could be trade secrets: Engineering information, methods or processes Computer programs Financial information Customer or vendor lists Budgets and methods used [..]

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Is your Business Protecting its Trade Secrets?

Most people associate the theft of trade secrets with large companies. However, all businesses are potential targets, regardless of their size. Trade secrets can include scientific processes, specialized recipes, formulas, customer lists, pricing methods, and any other form of valuable proprietary information that is not generally known to the public. Below are a few steps [..]

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