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Hilary Weddell

The Blunt Truth About Testing Employees For Marijuana in California

Despite the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana in California, employers maintain the right to enforce a drug-free work environment.  In many respects, cannabis is now treated like alcohol; although consumption of alcohol is legal for those over the age of 21, employers may prohibit drinking during work hours and discipline... More +

Vanessa Hill

Lessons Learned From My Dad

Father’s Day is this weekend. I got to thinking about my Dad’s life lessons for me growing up, and how they have affected the way I behave in the business world today. I am a grown-up now, with a daughter of my own, and I try to teach her lessons that Dad and Mom taught me – basic lessons such as, say please and thank you, be... More +

Hilary Weddell

Department of Labor Proposes Joint Employer Rule

Employers have been seeking clarity on joint employer laws for years.  On April 1, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) entered the fray, announcing a proposed rule that would update and amend the joint employment regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which has not been revised in more than 60 years.  The rules impact... More +

Michael Reedy

Why Ratcheting Up Emotions Serves No One In A Divorce

Most divorces are difficult and emotionally draining.  The legal term for divorce is “dissolution;” your marital relationship is dissolved. Divorce marks the end of a relationship, the death of something that began with love and commitment.  Most people expect, or hope, their marriage will last a lifetime.  If the... More +

Marwa Elzankaly

The Appellate Oral Argument

The Appellate Court:  An exciting forum of oral advocacy; a check on the process and the decisions of our trial courts; a second chance for parties to make their case; and a place where novel and important legal principles are decided to ensure a balance of fairness and equality in the law.  If you are a trial lawyer and have both tried... More +

Michael Warren

2019 California Employment Law Update: The Year Of #MeToo

As predicted at our 2018 employment law seminar, “Don’t Let #MeToo Become #YouToo: Effectively Handling Workplace Sexual Harassment Complaints,” the movement had a significant impact on California’s new employment laws passed for 2019.  A number of the new laws address the issue of workplace sexual harassment and more... More +

Amanda Peth

Countdown to New Year’s: A LinkedIn Checklist

It has been quite a year!  Before you start planning for 2019, give yourself some time to look back on all that you have done this year and make sure it is reflected on your LinkedIn profile.  After all, when someone googles your name, your LinkedIn profile often appears in the top 3 search results.  Here are some things to keep in... More +

Christine Peek

We Have the Best Empire that Coaxium Can Buy: Corruption on Corellia

Consider the purrgil.  Naturally self-sufficient space travelers, these majestic creatures metabolize their own hyperfuel by gulping down huge quantities of Clouzon-36 gas.  Unfortunately for the humanoids of Solo: A Star Wars Story, obtaining useable hyperfuel requires considerably more effort.  In the Imperial Era, coaxium has the... More +

McManis Faulkner

Hackers are Vampires - Keep Them from Feeding on Your Private Information

According to myth, vampires can only enter your home if you let them in.  Hackers, the vampires of cyber-world, are out there, waiting for you to ‘invite’ them in so they may feed on your private information. There is no better time than cybersecurity month to strengthen your online login security protocols for the office and... More +

Hilary Weddell

Governor Brown Signs Workplace-Related #MeToo Bills into Law

Following a long legislative year, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law several pieces of legislation aimed at curbing sexual harassment in the workplace.  This topic dominated conversation in the California legislature in 2018, as both the Assembly and the Senate sought to update and amend the state’s sexual harassment laws in... More +

Nicole Zendejas

E-Discovery: What to Look for in e-Discovery Vendors

Electronically stored information (“ESI”) can play a vital role in any case, whether it’s family law or business and commercial litigation.  If managed appropriately, ESI can not only provide you with critical information, but can also serve in developing case strategy from inception to trial.  Hence the need for... More +

James McManis

A Memorable Case

I have tried many cases over a 50-year period, but the one which received the most worldwide attention was “The Elephant Case”. The case arose in August, 2001, at the San Jose Arena, where Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus was performing.  A Humane Society official alleged that star Ringling Brothers trainer Mark... More +

Vanessa Hill, Amanda Peth

Networking: Planning, Persistence, and Practice

Do not just attend an event - attend with purpose.  To go with purpose means setting goals.  Clearly, you want to enjoy your time but you hope to have ROI too.  Look ahead to see what you need to accomplish before, during, and after the event and determine if it is a worthwhile investment of your time, money, and energy.... More +

James McManis

The Timid Judge and The Clever Bailiff

The Judge was a lovely old fellow, a relic from a time before the birth of Silicon Valley, when Santa Clara County was covered with orchards instead of start-ups, and was known as the Valley of the Heart’s Delight.  As a measure of his humility, the Judge usually took the bench in a coat and tie without his robe.  (This practice... More +