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January 13, 2021

Employers: Don’t Put on Those Rose Colored Glasses Just Yet!

By JoLynn M. Scharrer This past year has been a difficult one to navigate, especially for employers in California.  COVID-19 has added another complicated layer to an often burdensome environment in terms of regulation and compliance.  The coming year does not seem to let up with the new laws impacting employers. While there are over […]

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January 7, 2021

Construction Law Legislation In the Time of COVID

By: Kathlynn Smith This time of year often carries with it an air of reflection on the past and optimism for the year to come. In the legal industry that feeling is often enhanced by the roll-out of the new laws impacting our clients and our practices. And, as in other years, we enter 2021 […]

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December 10, 2020

If It Looks, Walks, and Talks Like A Contract, It’s Probably A Contract: California Court of Appeal Affirms Job Order Contracts Are Enforceable Agreements

By Jennifer Tung In a big win for public agencies, and school districts in particular, the California Court of Appeal recently affirmed the validity of public work job order contracts as enforceable contracts. In the first published opinion on the subject, the Court of Appeal rejected the argument by the contractor in Los Angeles Unified […]

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October 15, 2020

New Date: LEEDing Ladies: If You BUILD It, They Will Come

Energy efficiency and affordable housing are topics du jour, especially in Los Angeles. Seemingly unrelated at first glance, can progress be made in these two spaces together? Join Hunt Ortmann attorneys Kathlynn Smith and Jennifer Tung, and the Los Angeles chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council on November 5th, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – […]

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September 21, 2020

Important California COVID-19 Updates

In the past two weeks, Governor Newsom signed several bills into law in an effort to provide aid to Californians in the face of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. California businesses and employers take note: SB 1159 immediately creates a presumption that a covered worker’s illness or death from COVID-19 is work-related and entitles them to […]

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August 28, 2020

CALIFORNIA MANDATED SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION TRAINING

August 27, 2020 California law newly requires an employer who employs five or more employees, including temporary or seasonal employees, to provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all managerial/supervisory employees and at least one hour of sexual harassment training to all nonsupervisory employees by the close of 2020, and once every […]

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July 13, 2020

LEEDing Ladies – The Consequences of Consequential Damages

Hunt Ortmann attorneys Kathlynn Smith and Jennifer Tung will be presenting the third installment of the LEEDing Ladies complementary webinar series with the U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles, on July 23, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. THURSDAY, JULY 23, 202011:00 AM – 11:30 AM It’s no surprise that green building projects often carry with them […]

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