Category: News Releases

Business Litigation Associate Alexander H. Ramon Joins Hoge Fenton

By Hoge Fenton | 02.16.2018 | Firm Post

Hoge Fenton is pleased to announce that attorney Alexander H. Ramon has joined the firm as a member of our Business Litigation practice group. Alex brings several years of broad litigation experience, representing clients in all facets of litigation and trial. Alex is a member of the Honorable William A. Ingram American Inn of Court and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He is also a Leadership San Jose alumnus and currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana. Alex received his J.D. at Loyola Law School, and his undergraduate degree in History at Occidental College. As an undergraduate, Alex ran track and cross-country for the Tigers. As a two-time all-American and school record holder, Alex was inducted into Occidental’s Track and Field Hall of Fame. “We are excited to add Alex to our business litigation practice. His wealth of litigation experience perfectly aligns with Hoge Fenton’s rich litigation and trial history.” said Alison Buchanan, Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation practice group. “Helping our clients achieve their business goals is our first priority. Having deep bench strength helps us do that.” Please join us in welcoming Alex.

Recap of 2018 Employment Law Update Seminar

By Hoge Fenton | 01.29.2018 | Firm Post

For a printable version of this article, click here. HIRE “Ban the Box” (AB 1008; Gov. Code, § 12952): This law makes it generally illegal for employers with five or more employees to ask about criminal history on job applications or consider an applicant’s criminal history until after the employer has made a conditional offer of employment to the applicant. This law is in addition to San Francisco and Los Angeles’ pre-existing “Ban the Box” ordinances. Employers must comply with both state and local laws. Salary History (AB 168; Labor Code, § 432.3) and San Francisco’s Parity in Pay Act (San Francisco Police Code § 3300J): Employers cannot ask about an applicant’s compensation history and cannot rely on compensation history when determining whether to offer employment and/or in determining what compensation to offer an applicant. (Note that pursuant to Labor Code § 432.3, when an applicant voluntarily discloses compensation history, an employer may consider or rely on that information in determining the applicant’s salary). COMPENSATE Minimum Wage Updates Statewide minimum wage as of January 1, 2018: $10.50 per hour (25 employees or fewer)/$11.00 per hour (26 employees or more) Municipal ordinance-based minimum wage as of January 1, 2018 (unless otherwise noted): Berkeley: January 1, 2018: $13.75 October 1, 2018: $15.00 Cupertino: $13.50 El Cerrito: $13.60 Emeryville: January 1, 2018: $14.00 (55 or fewer employees)/$15.20 (56 or more employees) July 1, 2018: $15.00 (55 or fewer employees)/$15.60 (estimated) (56 or more employees) Los Altos: $13.50 Los Angeles: January 1, 2018: $10.50 […]

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, […]

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