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  • November 09, 2020
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Temperature Checks and Data Privacy Under the CCPA

Businesses across California are checking their customers' temperatures to combat the spread of COVID-19. While checking temperature can be a great tool to slow the spread of COVID-19, does it also present a data privacy issue? The California Consumer Protection Act ("CCPA") protects a wide range of consumer information from...

  • October 06, 2020
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CALIFORNIA EXPANDS FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE

Beginning January 1, 2021, California employers with five employees or more must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected family and medical leave to eligible California employees during each 12-month period. Senate Bill 1383, recently signed into law by Governor Newsom, significantly expands the California Family Rights Act. Under...

  • September 16, 2020
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AB-2257 Exempts More Occupations from California’s Strict Independent Contractor Law

On September 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom approved AB-2257, which expands the occupations and business relationships that are exempt from the “ABC test,” which was established by AB-5. In 2019, the California State Assembly passed AB-5, enacting stricter laws to avoid the misclassification of workers as independent contractors, which effectively...

  • August 25, 2020
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Top Priority of 2020: Workplace Diversity?

The year of 2020 has brought about many unexpected challenges. Although the COVID-19 pandemic might have presented some particularly unique challenges, many did not expect issues of discrimination to also be at the top of the list of 2020 concerns. As fights against racism, sexual abuse, police brutality, gender discrimination,...

  • August 24, 2020
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The Future of Uber and Lyft

In a ruling stemming from a lawsuit brought by the city attorneys of San Diego and two other cities and the state, a California appeals court extended the length of time Uber and Lyft will have to comply with an order requiring them to reclassify rideshare drivers as employees. If...

  • August 05, 2020
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Trademark Trolls and Re-Branding

Are you thinking about re-branding your business? In the United States, trademark protection follows the concept of "use it or lose it" - when considering re-branding, it is important to remember that "trademark trolls" may be able to claim your intellectual property even if you have a registered trademark. This...

  • July 24, 2020
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How You Can Help the San Diego Craft Beer Industry

San Diego is the craft beer hub of the US. It’s one of the things that makes San Diego so unique. With the customer service industry taking the brunt of the COVID-19 economic slowdown, local breweries find themselves in an incredibly tough position. POTENTE is a huge supporter of this...

  • July 09, 2020
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U.S. Supreme Court Validates Contraceptive Mandate Exemption for Religious Employers

On July 8, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) that exempts employers with religious and conscientious objections from providing employees healthcare coverage for contraception, is lawful. After the ACA was passed, the final rules required...

  • July 08, 2020
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PPP Forgiveness

So you got a PPP loan…now what? Keeping compliant with the PPP, the many changes to its rules, and PPP forgiveness can be a headache. This step-by-step guide may come in handy – but remember, this link is for informational purposes only and merely recites the general rules of the...

  • June 25, 2020
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U.S. Supreme Court Extends Title VII Coverage to Gay and Transgender Employees

On June 15th, the United States Supreme Court ruled Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to gay and transgender workers. In a 6-3 decision, the Court held that along with race, color, national origin, religion and sex, employers are now prohibited from discriminating based upon an...

REVOCABLE TRANSFER ON DEATH DEEDS

On January 1, 2016, a new California law went into effect that authorizes the use of a transfer on death deed (“TOD deed”) to allow an owner of certain types of real property to transfer that property to a named beneficiary that is revocable up until the grantor’s death. This...

  • September 22, 2015
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EARPLUGS

I was walking my dog, Neko, around my neighborhood the other day. As we made our way down the sidewalk, it was almost as if her presence triggered a motion-sensor for barking from other dogs in their own yards and from their own windows. I noticed Neko was surprisingly not...