2018 Annual Employment Law Update: The Year in Review and Preview

By Hoge Fenton | 01.17.2017 | Speaking Engagements & Firm Events

  Date January 17th, 2018 January 18th, 2018 January 24th, 2018 Time 7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Location Hoge Fenton San Jose Office 60 S. Market St. 2nd Floor San Jose, CA 95113 Four Points Sheraton 5115 Hopyard Rd. Pleasanton, CA 94588 The SVO Office 101 West Santa Clara St. San Jose, CA 95113 The new year brings several changes to the world of California employment law that surely will impact companies and their HR practices. We will provide an engaging and informative presentation on the state of the law, new legislative and case law changes, and our valuable insights to help employers stay in compliance in 2018. Topics will include:​ State-wide Ban the Box law Sexual harassment prevention training requirements and guidance on effective investigations Ban on compensation history inquiries Expansion of California’s baby bonding eligibility Contractor liability for the unpaid wages of its subcontractors’ employees This is a great chance to review what happened in 2017 and become aware of new requirements for 2018. Start off the new year on the right foot! Who Should Attend Business owners and managers, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, in-house legal counsel, human resource professionals, trusted advisors, and others responsible for personnel matters.   Sarju A. Naran Chair – Employment Law 408.947.2456 Jennifer M. Protas Shareholder 408.947.2435 Laura Riparbelli Associate 408.947.2440 RSVP Program Time: 7:45 am – 10:30 am Location: Hoge Fenton San Jose Office 60 S. Market St 2nd Floor San Jose, CA 95113 […]

What California Hiring Managers Need to Know About California’s New Compensation History Law

By Jennifer M. Protas | 01.22.2018 | Firm Post

The DeWinter Group’s Don Seeley and Employment Attorney Jenn Protas answer your biggest questions regarding updates to the upcoming enactment of California’s compensation history law As the Bay Area’s leading accounting, finance, and information technology recruiting agency, the DeWinter Group often serves as the first point of contact for many hiring managers when it comes to discussing updates to California’s Labor Code which directly affect a company’s hiring strategy. With the enactment of California’s Assembly Bill 168 right around the corner, the DeWinter Group has received an increase in questions from our network of hiring managers and human resources contacts. Not only is our network interested in learning more regarding how the bill will affect their own current processes, but also what the DeWinter Group is doing to ensure compliance as an intermediary agent between employers and applicants. The DeWinter Group has partnered with California law firm Hoge Fenton to create a straightforward guide answering your biggest questions regarding the new law about inquiries into an applicant’s compensation history. Question: What are the key changes to California’s employment law taking effect on January 1, 2018, outlined within AB 168? Jenn: AB 168, which will be enacted as California Labor Code section 432.3, prohibits employers from asking for and relying upon historic compensation information when determining whether to offer an applicant employment or what compensation to offer an applicant. It also requires that when an applicant reasonably requests a pay scale for the position, the employer provides it. Question: As stated in AB 168, an employer, […]

Shareholder Steven Kahn to speak on Real Estate Litigation 101

By Hoge Fenton | 01.23.2018 | Speaking Engagements & Firm Events

Date January 23rd, 2018 Time 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Location 1515 Restaurant & Lounge 1515 N. Main Street Walnut Creek CA 94596 Hoge Fenton Shareholder Steven Kahn to speak with Marcus Brown on Real Estate Litigation 101 for the Contra Costa County Bar Association.  Learn about the basics, some tips, some tricks, and some traps that you need to know to effectively prosecute and defend real estate cases. Discussion topics will include: Quiet Title matters Partition cases Non-Disclosure matters For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Protect Your Brands in Overseas Markets

By Dana Brody-Brown | 01.12.2018 | Firm Post

You probably have heard about certain famous brand holders encountering difficulties using and registering their trademarks abroad. For example, you may have heard that Apple paid $60 million to settle a dispute with a third party in China that allows Apple to sell its “iPAD” products in China in light of an earlier third party registration. Or you may recall that Michael Jordan had to engage in a long legal battle with a trademark squatter over rights to the Chinese version of his name and trademark. If Apple and Michael Jordan are facing these issues, how does a small or mid-sized company stand a chance? An understanding of the potential issues and attention to IP planning and protection can be your first line of defense. What follows are FAQs about international trademark protection and preliminary answers and food for thought. Do I need to register my company’s marks internationally? If your company is selling products or services outside of the US, you likely need international trademark protection to open your markets and to keep them open. Or else, what could happen? Your company could be prevented from selling its goods/services under the mark in important markets which might necessitate re-branding, either in the country of interest or globally. Or, your company could find itself paying a large sum of money just to use its own mark in an important market. How are TM Rights Developed?   In the United States, rights in trademarks are developed primarily through use, so the first party […]

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