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Hinshaw & Culberston LLP and Barger & Wolen LLP Announce Merger

Combined Firms Create Powerhouse Insurance Practice with 120 Attorneys Dedicated to Serving the Insurance Industry

http://www.bargerwolen.com/files/Hinshaw_Barger_Insurance_Release_2014__FINAL_.pdf

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Hold the cellphone! Who pays if it’s work?

Michael Newman writes about a recent California appellate opinion providing employers insight into how they should reimburse employees for work calls make on private cell phone lines.  Newman notes, however, that while on the surface the decision provides a definitive rule, in reality it provides little guidance as to how employers should comply with it.

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In Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers, the California Supreme Court held that the proper test for determining whether newspaper carriers could proceed as a class on the issue of their employment status was the employer’s right to control their conduct, not how that right was exercised.

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Barger & Wolen's Employment Law Observer provides analysis of employment related case law as well as legislative and regulatory developments, both on a state and federal level, with [...] Read More · Home > Standard for Class Certification of Independent Contractors Clarified by California ...
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The Supreme Court’s decision last week in NLRB v. Canning left many employers scratching their heads – and with good reason.

Sure, the unanimous ruling served as a rebuke to the Obama Administration, and hundreds of National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) rulings expanding employee rights and protections have been wiped off the books.  But what exactly is the current state of the law?  And how should you, as an employer, proceed in terms of creating and implementing employment-related policies?

This post will endeavor to provide some practical insights.

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Barger & Wolen's Employment Law Observer provides analysis of employment related case law as well as legislative and regulatory developments, both on a state and federal level, with [...] Read More · Home > After NLRB v. Canning: A Practical Guide For Employers ...
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Several states have intensified investigations and criminal prosecutions of employers skirting the workers’ comp system. Michael Newman, who was quoted in a June 24th issue of Risk & Insurance, says employees suffer at the hands of fraudster employers.

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In recent months, state governments have been cracking down on premium fraud, investigating companies and stepping up criminal prosecution. The article focused on the New York's Grand Jury investigation from September 2013-February 204. The panel found that employee misclassification was a ...
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In a recent California appellate decision the court ruled that while Welfare and Institutions Code Section 10962 provides for reasonable attorney fees to a prevailing party, it does not provide for an award of fees in the underlying administrative hearing process. Dave McMahon takes a look at the judges decision in the linked post.

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In a recent California appellate decision the court ruled that while Welfare and Institutions Code Section 10962 provides for reasonable attorney fees
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Another year has passed, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a look at the various interesting disability cases that have been issued during that time. This year they are collected in the Medley.

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A recent California appellate court decision decided an issue concerning the interpretation of the one‑year statute of limitations relating to allegations of wrongdoing in the performance of attorney services. Dave McMahon takes a look at the case, Lee v. Hanley, in the linked blog post.

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A recent California appellate court decision decided an issue concerning the interpretation of the one‑year statute of limitations relating to allegat
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CLIENT ALERT: The California Department of Insurance has issued a notification to insurers with 2013 written premiums of $100 million or more in California to complete and submit the CDI’s Governing Board Diversity Survey. Completed surveys, including an affidavit on the data, are to be submitted to the CDI by August 12, 2014.

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The United States Supreme Court has struck down President Obama's controversial 2012 nominations to the NLRB, holding that the President violated the Constitution by using his recess appointments power when the Senate was still in session.
We are currently reviewing the decision and will provide our readers a detailed analysis. In our initial reading of the decision, however, it is clear that the Court agrees the cat and mouse game between the Executive Branch and Congress regarding recess appointments had become untenable.
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Sam Sorich reviews the bills that met the deadline for passage in California, and which Barger & Wolen will be tracking. Bills this session include those impacting earthquake insurance, health insurance, property/homeowners, and the Affordable Care Act, amongst others.
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Sam Sorich reviews the bills that met the deadline for passage in California, and which Barger & Wolen will be tracking. Bills this session include th
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In a May 29th op-ed published in the Daily Journal, Michael Newman speaks out against what he believes is an initiative that will deceive California voters this coming November. 

Michael writes that the primary purpose of the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act is to alter MICRA, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975. Currently, MICRA caps non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases at $250,000.
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