News from 2020

California Requires Timely Payments for Mandatory Arbitration

(posted: Jan 10, 2020)

SB707 went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The bill makes a company's failure to pay all, or part of the costs required for arbitration a breach of the arbitration agreement.

News from 2018

California Mandates Written Disclosure of Mediation Confidentiality

(posted: Nov 12, 2018)

Reminder: Starting January 1, 2019, Section 1129 of the Evidence Code will require written disclosure by attorneys to clients about the confidentiality requirements in mediation. A sample disclosure form is included.

New Rules of Professional Conduct in California

(posted: Oct 30, 2018)

Starting November 1st, new rules apply to all lawyers practicing in California. Here we review just a handful of the bigger changes.

Law Library Foundation Fundraiser & Mixer

(posted: Oct 12, 2018)

Save the Date: October 18th from 5pm to 7pm. Cocktails and refreshments will be served, and James P. Fox will be our guest speaker. Come mix and mingle while supporting the San Mateo County Law Library.

Santa Clara Law Celebrates New Hall

(posted: Oct 01, 2018)

Santa Clara University's School of Law has a new home in Charney Hall. Come to the dedication event on Oct 12th and get a look at the modern, high-tech space.

New CA Law: Written Disclosure of Mediation Confidentiality

(posted: Sep 17, 2018)

Amendment to the Evidence Code requires written disclosure by attorneys to clients about the confidentiality requirements in mediation. A sample disclosure form is included.

CA Employees Entitled to Off-the-Clock Compensation

(posted: Aug 01, 2018)

California Supreme Court rejects "de minimis" doctrine, says employers must pay employees for small amounts of time worked before punching in or after punching out.

Pebley: Further Refinement of Rule On Introducing Medical Expenses at Trial

(posted: Jul 20, 2018)

An injured plaintiff may pay out-of-pocket for medical expenses and not be subject to Howell.

Supreme Court Validates Binding Arbitration Clauses

(posted: Jun 06, 2018)

The US Supreme Court ruled that mandatory arbitration clauses with class action waivers in employee contracts are legal. This will effectively prevent employee class action suits.

Independent Contractor? California Supreme Court Adopts ABC Test

(posted: May 16, 2018)

With this tough new standard, California employers will need to scrutinize their employee status classifications.

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