SCOTUS to Weigh In on Extraterritorial Reach of the Lanham Act

Written by Brandon E. Hughes The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to review the extraterritorial reach of the Lanham Act in a case that may significantly impact the manner in which trademark owners police and protect their marks abroad.  In Abitron Austria GmbH, et al. v. Hetronic International, Inc., No. 21-1043, 2022 WL 16703748 (U.S. Nov. 4, 2022), the Court will consider whether the Tenth … Continue reading SCOTUS to Weigh In on Extraterritorial Reach of the Lanham Act

Recent China 301 Activities – USTR Questions Released

Written by Susan Kohn Ross Updated 5:30pm PST, November 8, 2022. The 301 litigation at the Court of International Trade remains pending. The Government has filed its “Reply to comments on [R]emand [Determination]” responding to comments filed by Plaintiffs. Thereafter, Plaintiff’s will file their reply which is due by December 5, 2022. Once that filing takes place, the three judge panel will let litigants know … Continue reading Recent China 301 Activities – USTR Questions Released

CA Court of Appeal Clarifies that Purely Online Businesses Are Not Covered by the ADA

Written by Susan Kohn Ross, Jonathan Turner and Celia Guzman In a decision that is expected to curtail the high volume of website accessibility claims, the California Court of Appeal held that (1) purely online businesses are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”); and (2) the discriminatory effect of a facially neutral policy or action alone does not satisfy the “intentional discrimination” … Continue reading CA Court of Appeal Clarifies that Purely Online Businesses Are Not Covered by the ADA

California Employers Prohibited from Taking Adverse Action Against Employees during “Emergency Conditions”

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Celia Guzman As of January 1, 2023, Senate Bill 1044 prohibits California employers from taking or threatening adverse action against an employee for refusing to report to, or leaving, the workplace due to a “reasonable belief”that the workplace is unsafe due to an “emergency condition.”  Here’s what you need to know: 1. Emergency Condition.  An emergency condition is defined to … Continue reading California Employers Prohibited from Taking Adverse Action Against Employees during “Emergency Conditions”

California Employers Required to Provide Bereavement Leave to Employees

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Kyle DeCamp California Governor Gavin Newson has approved and signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1949, an amendment to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) that will take effect on January 1, 2023. AB 1949 now requires covered California employers to provide eligible employees with 5 days of unpaid bereavement leave for the death of a qualifying family member. This bereavement leave … Continue reading California Employers Required to Provide Bereavement Leave to Employees

NLRB Rules that Dues Deductions Continue After a Collective Bargaining Agreement’s Expiration

Written by Anthony Amendola and Eric Engelman As has become standard practice in our increasingly polarized nation, on October 3, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) again changed course on an issue of importance to labor and management. In Valley Hospital Medical Center, Inc. d/b/a Valley Hospital Medical Center, 371 NLRB No. 160 (2022), the NLRB ruled that employers must now continue to honor dues … Continue reading NLRB Rules that Dues Deductions Continue After a Collective Bargaining Agreement’s Expiration

California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Extended Through 2022

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Gabriel Hemphill On September 29, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 152 into law. AB 152 was signed immediately before the expiration of its predecessor, Senate Bill (“SB”) 114 (which we discussed here), which provided Covid-19 supplemental paid sick leave (“SPSL”) through September 30, 2022. Effective September 30, 2022, AB 152 extends the obligations and entitlements of … Continue reading California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Extended Through 2022

California Will Prohibit Employers From Discriminating Against Off-site Marijuana Use

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Corey Singer California employers will be prohibited from firing its workers who use marijuana off the job starting January 1, 2024 thanks to a bill that California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law last month.  Recreational marijuana use has been legal in California since 2016 when a majority of voters approved it.  In many circumstances, however, California employers can still … Continue reading California Will Prohibit Employers From Discriminating Against Off-site Marijuana Use

California Enacts New Law Mandating Pay Range Disclosures In Job Listings

Written by Jeremy Mittman Is your company hiring?  If so, it’s important to know that California has passed new requirements for job postings and important disclosures to applicants and employees. Signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 27, 2022 and taking effect January 1, 2023, the new law will require every California employer with more than 15 employees to disclose a position’s pay range in … Continue reading California Enacts New Law Mandating Pay Range Disclosures In Job Listings

New California Law Requires Social Media Companies To Become More Transparent About Their Content Management Policies

Written by Marc Mayer and Stacey Chuvaieva On September 14, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsome signed Assembly Bill 587, which imposes a set of new obligations on large social media companies. The new law is designed to encourage social media companies to take action to limit the spread of disinformation, misinformation, hate speech, racism, extremism, radicalization, harassment, and foreign political interference. Under the new law, … Continue reading New California Law Requires Social Media Companies To Become More Transparent About Their Content Management Policies