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California Further Limits NDAs and Settlement Agreement Terms in Employment Cases

Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 331 (SB 331), which further limits the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and settlement agreement terms when settling employment legal claims involving harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. Before the passage of SB 331, California’s restriction was limited to sex-related claims.  Specifically, since 2019 when SB 820 went into effect, California law... Continue Reading
October 7, 2021

CARES Act Conformity for Qualified Employer Plans in California

On September 11, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 276 (“AB 276”), amending California’s tax law regarding the taxation of loans from qualified employer benefit plans to employees. The amendments track the provisions of the federal CARES Act on this issue, bringing much-needed uniformity between California and federal law governing this issue. California and federal... Continue Reading
September 16, 2020

Additional Guidance on California’s Shelter-in-Place Order

On March 19, California Governor Newson issued a historic Executive Order N-33-20 (the “Order”)  impacting approximately 40 million California residents.  The Order directs all individuals living in California to stay at home “except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors” or to obtain essential needs, such as food, healthcare,... Continue Reading
March 24, 2020