The California Court of Appeal dealt another blow to California employers—employees who’s individual PAGA claims are compelled to arbitration now maintain standing to bring their representative PAGA claims in court. Put simply, an arbitration agreement no longer saves you from a PAGA claim. In doing so, the Court of Appeal, in Galarsa v. Dolgen California, LLC, rejected the

Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), employers generally are strictly liable for a supervisor’s harassment, even where the employer is unaware of the supervisor’s alleged bad actions.  While this left many employers without much recourse in the event supervisors misbehaved, a recently published Court of Appeal decision offers some hope.  In Atalla v. Rite Aid Corp.

The U.S. Copyright Office instituted an inquiry into a registration relating to a graphic novel that uses AI-generated artwork. Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo  talk about this case on this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog.

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The Ninth Circuit recently addressed the issue of whether parties can contractually agree to shorten the statute of limitations period for bringing a copyright infringement claim. In an unpublished opinion in the case, Evox Productions, LLC v. Chrome Data Solutions, LP (filed Feb. 10, 2023), the Ninth Circuit held that the trial court had properly enforced contractual provisions to find

The COVID-19 State of Emergency for California ended on February 28, 2023. In its wake, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced impending updates to its remaining COVID-19 mandates, including those applicable to healthcare workers.

On March 3, 2023, the CDPH announced it would end vaccination requirements for healthcare workers, including those in direct care, adult care, correctional

Consular processing occurs when a person applies for a visa before leaving their native country. The United States embassy staff processes the application in the foreign country. It is different than applying for a visa if you are already in California or elsewhere in the United States. Embassy staff will help you complete either a CR-1 or IR-1 visa so

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Isaac Asimov

Security guards, bouncers, doormen. What exactly are they allowed to do in California?

The job of a security guard is to observe and protect. For example, guard against theft and respond to medical emergencies. Guards should monitor people and situations for danger. Depending on the circumstance, they may have