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September 12, 2019

California Mechanics Lien Law Seminar on October 3, 2019

Hunt Ortmann attorneys Kathlynn Smith and Dustin Lozano to lead an interactive presentation on California Mechanic’s Lien Law at the Building Industry Credit Association’s (BICA) California Lien Law Seminar in Pasadena. To learn more or register, please click here.

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September 11, 2019

(Don’t) Lien On Me—premature mechanics liens may be void and unenforceable

By Daniel J. Kim One of the tried-and-true tools used by California contractors to secure payment on construction projects is the mechanics lien. As conscientious contractors know, the timing of the recording of a mechanics lien is a critical component of successfully enforcing mechanics lien rights. The concern typically relates to recording a mechanics lien […]

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July 14, 2017

Off Site, But On-Call: The Impact of Augustus On Meal and Rest Breaks

During the 4th of July festivities, another less known anniversary – and less celebrated by anyone with employees – took place.  June 22 marked the six-month anniversary of Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., the California Supreme Court decision mandating that employers provide employees with breaks that are completely off-duty and off-call. By now, most […]

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April 6, 2017

Early Win For Ready-Mix Concrete Drivers In The Ongoing Battle Over AB 219

The California Legislature passed AB 219 in 2015, expanding coverage of California’s prevailing wage law to include hauling and delivery of ready-mix concrete to public works projects, effective July 1, 2016 as California Labor Code § 1720.9. On June 30, 2016, a group of ready-mix companies (that manufacture and deliver ready-mixed concrete directly to construction […]

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March 9, 2017

The Byzantine “Right to Repair Act” Has Another Day in Court

It has been almost 15 years since the Right to Repair Act (“The Act”) became law. Nonetheless, there are not as many judicial opinions interpreting the Act as one might think. At the close of 2016 a new opinion was published. The Act sets forth a lengthy list of building standards which are meant to […]

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January 2, 2017

New California Employment Laws in 2017

With a new year having dawned, it’s time to ensure that your company complies with the new California employment laws that went into effect on January 1, 2017.  Several of these laws are briefly summarized below: ●          Employers May Not Consider Juvenile Crime Records in Hiring Assembly Bill No. 1843 amends the California Labor Code […]

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