Archives for September 2012

This Just In (Via @JerryBrownGov)–Social Media Privacy Rules Are Coming to California

 The LA Times is reporting this evening that Governor Brown has signed two bills that prohibit universities and employers from requesting social media accounts.  The Governor quite appropriately made the announcement via his Twitter account ( Gov. Jerry Brown has signed twin bills prohibiting universities and employers from requiring that applicants give up their email […]

What is new in California Labor & Employment Legislation? September Update

Perhaps the most significant litigation risk for companies in California, relates to our extensive and ever-changing labor and employment regulations.  Here are a few important “hot of the press” updates provided by Dorsey Southern California Partner Gabrielle Wirth.  We will be returning to some or all of these subjects in future posts, but here is […]

Does the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Spell More Consumer Litigation for California Businesses?

So you implemented a sexual harassment policy in the 1990’s when that seemed like the thing to do.  You then followed up with a corporate compliance and ethics policy several years later when Enron and other companies underscored the need for more robust corporate governance initiatives.  What’s the next frontier in corporate compliance?  It appears […]

How to Determine Whether Your Company Must Comply with California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act

The Michael Scott Explanation of California Transparency in Supply Chains Act leaves many questions unanswered not the least of which is how to determine whether the Act applies to a particular business.  To determine whether your company must comply with the Act, you need only ask a few questions. Is the company a retail seller […]

The Michael Scott Explanation of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

The California Legislature last year enacted the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, a new law that has received relatively little attention in the press.  All California companies and many companies outside of the state that do business in the state should be aware of the requirements of the statute.  We begin with the Michael […]

“Rounding Up” Liabilities for California Retailers

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has been in the news recently with three major cases:  a significant wage and hour class action victory (Hernandez v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., (Cal. Ct. of App. 2dApp.Dist., Div. 8 Case No. B216004); a Los Angeles lawsuit filed in April 2012 concerning the claim that the beans used in the […]

What is Prop 65?—The Michael Scott Explanation

The Short Answer Here is the Michael Scott Explanation of Prop 65 is as follows.  Prop 65 is a labeling law enacted in 1986 by a proposition put to the voters.  The law does not require anything other than that companies warn consumers of exposures to a number of chemicals and carcinogens which have been […]

Introducing the Michael Scott Explanation Series

If you’re like me, sometimes you want a simple explanation to a complex legal question or topic.  The blogosphere is full of articles containing discussions on a variety of legal topics which incorrectly assume that the reader has a grasp of the topic at hand. With this in mind, I am pleased introduce at Left […]