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March 12, 2020

When Is Construction Substantially Complete Under the Right to Repair Act?

by Paul Rogoff. When California enacted the Right to Repair Act in 2002 (Civil Code sections 895 – 945.5), it sought to implement a 10-year statute of limitations which would bar any actions brought more than 10 years after “substantial completion.” To do this, the Legislature borrowed language from section 337.15 of the Code of […]

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February 28, 2020

LEEDing Ladies: Conversations on Construction. Episode 1: Designer’s Risk(y Business)

Hunt Ortmann attorneys Kathlynn Smith and Jennifer Tung will present a complimentary webinar presentation LEEDing Ladies: Conversations on Construction. Episode 1: Designer’s Risk(y Business). This is the first of a 4-part webinar series with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles. LEEDing Ladies:  Conversations on Construction.  Episode 1:  Designer’s Risk(y Business) Presented by Kathlynn Smith […]

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February 19, 2020

Status Update on AB 51 Concerning Arbitration Agreements

by JoLynn Scharrer Our last update included a summary on AB 51, the California bill that addresses the use of arbitration agreements in employment settings.  While Governor Newsom signed AB 51 into law on October 10, 2019, a federal court issued a temporary restraining order, prohibiting the bill’s enforcement, that was to remain in place […]

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February 14, 2020

2020 New Employment Laws – Part 3 of 3

Summary of New Laws for Employers- Part 3 of 3 by JoLynn Scharrer This is the last in a three-part series providing a summary of some of the new laws enacted in California which may have an impact on employers. For many of these new laws in the series, employers should conduct a review of employee […]

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February 6, 2020

Hunt Ortmann Wins Significant Prevailing Wage Claim Reduction for Pasadena Contractor

Hunt Ortmann Wins Significant Prevailing Wage Claim Reduction for Pasadena Contractor LOS ANGELES – Hunt Ortmann senior counsel, Emily A. Kromke recently obtained a ninety-five percent (95%) reduction on a Civil Wage and Penalty Assessment issued by California’s Department of Industrial Relations on behalf of her client Young and Associates, Inc. The DLSE agreed to […]

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February 4, 2020

Kromke Presents Prevailing Wage Workshop at Merriwether & Williams

Hunt Ortmann senior counsel, Emily Kromke recently led a workshop on the California Construction Prevailing Wage Law to a group of construction companies participating in Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services Contractor Development and Bonding Program. The monthly workshop provides training for construction companies that bid or want to pursue contracts with public agencies.

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January 21, 2020

New California Laws Impacting Employers – Part 2 of a 3-part Series

Summary of New Laws for Employers- Part 2 of 3 by JoLynn Scharrer SB 142- Lactation Accommodation This bill newly requires employers to provide a lactation location at the workplace, including access to a sink and refrigerator. Denial of time or a location to express milk results in a violation of rest break rules, and […]

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