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William Benz Examines the Pitfalls of Video Surveillance in Risk Management Magazine

For companies using video surveillance in the workplace, effective risk management is critical to avoiding potential liability for invasion of privacy claims. In the Risk Management magazine article, “Navigating the Pitfalls of Video Surveillance,” William Benz provides practical guidelines risk managers should incorporate into their company’s video surveillance practices.

Mr. Benz advises employers to not place surveillance cameras in private spaces, including bathrooms, locker rooms or designated changing areas. He also suggests clearly labeling…

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Christopher Carico Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Partner Christopher Carico was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 list. Mr. Carico has been listed for five consecutive years for his work in trusts and estates law.

For more than three decades, Best Lawyers® has become regarded as the definitive guide to legal professionalism and excellence around the globe. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. More than 52,000 leading attorneys cast 5.5 million…

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Anita V. Shah Authors a Law 360 Article titled “Pondering The State Of Pro Hac Vice Law In California”

Will out of state counsel who regularly appear pro hac vice in California state trial courts ultimately need to take the state’s bar exam?

California Business and Professions Code Section 6125 states: “No person shall practice law in California unless the person is an active member of the State Bar.”

A violation of Section 6125 is a misdemeanor. Moreover, no one may  recover compensation for services as an attorney at law in this state unless the…

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Anita V. Shah Authors a Law 360 Article titled “A Rare Victory On Arbitration Agreement Enforceability”

Can an agreement to arbitrate all employment related disputes be rendered unenforceable where a choice of law clause interpreted in conjunction with a delegation clause restricts the arbitrator’s power to apply California’s rules regarding unconscionability?

The United States Supreme Court decision in AT&T v. Concepcion favored employers not only because it upheld a class action waiver in arbitration, but also because of its conclusion that California
unconscionability law stood as obstacle to enforcing arbitration agreements.

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Amber Morton Authors HR.com article on Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Attorney Amber Morton authored the HR.com article, “Flushing Away Gender Discrimination,” discussing the consequences for employers who deny transgender employees access to restroom facilities of their presenting gender. Ms. Morton explains that equal access to restrooms is a significant, basic condition of employment and restricting an employee’s access based on an employee’s sex can violate Title VII.

Ms. Morton addresses the steps employers can take to ensure they are providing all employees unrestricted access…

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Employment Law Strategist Publishes Amber Morton’s Article on Transgender Employees’ Access to Restrooms

Title VII and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) provide protections for transgender employees in the workplace and require employers to grant unrestricted restroom access according to the employee’s full-time gender presentation. In the article, “Transgender Employees’ Access to Restrooms in the Workplace” published by Employment Law Strategist, attorney Amber Morton provides an explanation of the law and the steps an employer can take to comply with these requirements and ensure that…

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Philip Toomey to Present on Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights at PELRAC Annual Conference

Partner Philip Toomey will present on the Public Safety Procedural Bill of Rights Act at the Annual Public Employers Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC) on October 14-15, 2015 in Long Beach, CA. Mr. Toomey’s session will instruct attendees on remaining compliant with state and federal law when disciplining police officers and fire fighters, and other challenges public agencies are facing.

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William Benz Offers Six Steps for Avoiding Liability When Using Video Surveillance in the Workplace in Inside Counsel

Providing effective legal counsel to employers utilizing video surveillance in the workplace is critical in avoiding and protecting against potential invasion of privacy claims. In the article, “6 steps to avoiding liability from video surveillance in the workplace” published by Inside Counsel, William Benz offers a set of practical guidelines that legal counsel should ensure companies incorporate into their video surveillance practices.

Some of Mr. Benz’s tips include avoiding the placement of any video or…

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Stuart Johnson Earns Highest Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Partner Stuart Johnson earned an AV Distinguished® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The Peer Review ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.

Martindale describes the rating as a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the…

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Carico Johnson Toomey LLP Joins ISSA

Carico Johnson Toomey joined ISSA, the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide. The firm will be among more than 7,000 distributors, manufacturers, building service contractors, in-house service providers and associated service members all working toward ISSA’s mission of demonstrating the true value of clean to their varied constituents.

ISSA, previously known as the International Sanitary Supply Association, was founded in 1923 to act as a resource for information, education, networking and commercial…

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