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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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May 15, 2020

Employers: Be Prepared With a Detailed Return to Work Action Plan

With the easing of restrictions on certain businesses and the slow re-opening of local, regional and state economies, employers must prepare to resume operations in a safe manner.  Thus far, those segments of business that have been permitted to open are having to comply with stringent standards, or face the penalty of closure and possible […]

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April 24, 2020

Court of Appeal Sets Limits on Enforceability of Pay-When-Paid Clauses

by Kathlynn Smith For over 20 years, California courts have clearly and consistently rejected so-called pay-if-paid provisions in construction contracts that condition a subcontractor’s right to payment on the owner’s payment to the contractor. The seminal case of Wm. R. Clarke Corp. v. Safeco Ins. Co., 15 Cal. 4th 882 (1997) squarely rejected pay-if-paid clauses […]

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April 24, 2020

Employers: Latest News on Employee COVID- 19 Screenings

Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidelines permitting employers to test for COVID- 19 at workplaces before employees enter without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These guidelines note that any medical test that businesses require workers to take must be “job related and consistent with business necessity” under the ADA, a […]

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