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November 27, 2019

Do the Independent Contractors that Provide Services to Your Company Fit Within One of the AB 5 Exemptions or Does Your Company Need to Reclassify Them as Employees?

As many businesses will have potential exposure based on the retroactive effect of the new Assembly Bill (“AB”) 5, companies should take immediate action and require their independent contractors to sign arbitration agreements prior to January 1, 2020, when new California legislation AB 51, prohibiting mandatory arbitration agreements, goes into effect.  Companies should also reexamine […]

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November 5, 2019

Hunt Ortmann Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” for 2020

U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers November 4, 2019 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ranked Hunt Ortmann among the “Best Law Firms” in the Pasadena metro area. The Firm received tier one rankings in Construction Law and Litigation Construction. Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional […]

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October 30, 2019


You’re Invited: Hunt Ortmann’s California Mandated Sexual Harassment Training Sessions Please join us on November 22, 2019 for live sexual harassment prevention training seminars for both employees, and for managers and supervisors. California law newly requires an employer who employs five or more employees, including temporary or seasonal employees, to provide at least two hours […]

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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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August 22, 2019

Hunt Ortmann Quarterly News

Hunt Ortmann Client WRD wins Project of the Year for Sustainable Water Improvement Project Hunt Ortmann shareholders Omel Nieves and Richard Mah represented the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD), the largest groundwater management agency in California in a $110 million Groundwater Reliability Improvement Program  Recycled Water Project. The team handled the procurement including […]

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July 17, 2019

Client Alert: Is it Time to Update Your Arbitration Agreement?

Recently, the United States Supreme Court decision Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela ruled that an arbitration agreement may not allow for arbitration of class action cases against an employer if it is determined to be ambiguous.   If your arbitration agreement does not specifically allow for class-wide arbitration in such matters, a court will not […]

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