November 2011

2012 Notice Requirements for New Hires

California employers have new notice requirements beginning January 1, 2012.   AB 469 goes into effect on January 1, 2012, and as a result, private employers in California must provide written notice to non-exempt new hires of the following: (1) rate(s) of pay, (2) meal or lodging allowances claimed as part of the minimum wage, (3) the regular payday(s), (4) the name(s) of the employer, including any “doing business as” names, (5) the employer’s physical address or principal place of business, and a mailing address if different, (6) the employer’s telephone number(s), (7) the name, address

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Pregnancy Discrimination

Discrimination based on pregnancy is illegal.  These days, a number of factors are making pregnancy discrimination and the rights associated with an employee’s pregnancy more relevant than ever.  Women are more likely to work while pregnant.  About 66 percent of first-time mothers between 2006 and 2008 worked during their pregnancy, compared with 44 percent in the early 1960s.  First-time mothers are working later into their pregnancies than before.

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Real Estate Fraud Reports Up in California

According to the US Treasury Department, mortgage fraud reports across the country jumped 88% in the second quarter of 2011, with California registering more reports of suspected mortgage fraud per-capita than any other state (see the data from the Treasury Department here).  Much of this increase in reporting is attributed to banks discovering suspicious activity when reexamining loans made during the housing boom (see article from the LA Times

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Consumer Attorney of the Year Award Nominations

Janssen Malloy LLP partners, W. Timothy Needham, Michael J. Crowley, Patrik Griego and Amelia F. Burroughs have been nominated by Consumer Attorneys of California for the organization’s Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.  The nomination arises from the firm’s handling of the seminal jury verdict case of 2010, Lavender vs.

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