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  • April 16, 2024
  • Blog

Generational Differences in the Workplace

The workspace can be a very diverse place, featuring colleagues of various ages, races, ethnicities and more. In Western culture, there are 4 generations commonly present in our workforce right now, from oldest to youngest: baby boomers, Generation X, millennials, and Generation Z. At POTENTE, we can proudly say that...

  • April 02, 2024
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Arbitration Updates

In comparison to trials, arbitration can expedite dispute resolution, help avoid class-action lawsuits, and circumvent the potentially costly and time-consuming litigation process. Therefore, it is imperative that businesses ensure arbitration clauses are enforceable. On December 21, 2023, in Hasty v. American Automobile Assn. of Northern Cal., Nev. & Utah, a...

  • February 13, 2024
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New Rule on Independent Contractor Classification Blog Post (Feb 2024)

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced that beginning March 11, 2024, a new final rule will address independent contractor classifications. This new rule provides a guideline as to whether a worker is classified as an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL...

  • January 03, 2024
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CA Minimum Wage Updates

While the federal minimum wage has remained the same since 2009 at $7.25 an hour, many states have continued to raise their minimum wage. California’s minimum wage is more than double the federal minimum rate and continues to increase. Beginning in 2024, California’s statewide minimum wage will increase from $15.50...

employment law
  • November 22, 2023
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Employment Law 2024 Updates

With 2023 coming to an end, there are many new employment laws taking effect in 2024. It is imperative for employers to familiarize themselves with these new laws to ensure their businesses are compliant in the new year. Below is a summary of some relevant laws that are going into...

  • October 27, 2023
  • Blog

Corporate Transparency Act (CTA)

In 2021, Congress passed the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) on a bipartisan basis. This law creates a new beneficial ownership information reporting requirement as part of the U.S. government’s efforts to make it harder for bad actors to hide gains through shell companies or other ownership structures. The reporting rule...

  • October 11, 2023
  • Blog

SB 699

On September 1, 2023, Senate Bill 699 was signed amending the California Business & Professions Code Section 16600. Under the California Business & Professions Code, noncompete agreements are generally unenforceable. Section 16600 says, “every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of...

  • September 26, 2023
  • Blog

CA Updated Paid Sick Leave Law (S.B. 616)

There is currently no federal law requiring paid sick leave, but California’s Healthy Families Act of 2014 requires employers to offer a minimum of 24 hours or three days of paid sick leave per year. California’s paid sick leave law applies to employees who work in California for 30 or more days...

  • September 12, 2023
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A New Los Angeles County Ordinance Aims to Protect Freelance Workers

A new ordinance in Los Angeles County that became effective July 1st of this year requires a written contract between hiring entities and freelance workers. The Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance aims to ensure freelance workers are treated fairly and receive the compensation they are due. This ordinance applies to work performed...

AI regulations

Whose Work Is It Anyway?

Due to the growing use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) technologies, the U.S. Copyright Office issued formal guidance on March 16, 2023 to address generative AI technologies capable of producing expressive material. A general question raised by generative AI use is whether the material produced is protected by copyright. According to...

CPRA
  • June 12, 2023
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Adapting to the CPRA: Best Practices for Compliance

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) provides consumers with greater control and transparency over the personal information and data that businesses collect. In November of 2020, proposition 24, the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), was passed to provide additional privacy protections for consumers. What is the CPRA? The California Privacy...

  • January 17, 2023
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Proposed Federal Law Could Ban Non-Competes

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a rule that would ban all non-competes with very limited exceptions. If approved, the new rule would make it illegal for an employer to attempt to enter into a non-compete agreement with an employee, maintain an existing non-compete agreement, or advise an employee...