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Class Action Trends Report Fall 2021

In the latest issue of the Class Action Trends Report, Jackson Lewis attorneys discuss the emerging class action risks that arise at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, as employers navigate return-to-work challenges including employee screening, mask and vaccine mandates, and the need for ongoing safety measures as the crisis persists. We also take a look at the state... Continue Reading…
September 30, 2021

9th Circuit Revives Lawsuit Challenging One of the Board of Directors Diversity Statutes

All the way back in 2018, California passed Senate Bill 826 requiring publicly-held corporations with principal executive offices in California to have a certain number of females on their board of directors. Similarly, in 2020, Assembly Bill 979 was passed which required publicly held corporations headquartered in California to diversify their board of directors with... Continue Reading
June 25, 2021

AB 979 Requires California-Based Publicly Held Corporations to Diversify Their Boards of Directors

On September 30, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 979, which requires publicly held corporations headquartered in California to diversify their boards of directors with directors from “underrepresented communities” by December 31, 2021. This bill is similar to Senate Bill 826, signed into law in 2018, which required publicly held corporations headquartered in California... Continue Reading
September 30, 2020

Local Ordinance, Massive Implications: Sonoma County Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

Changes in local regulations across California continue to shift the legal landscape for employers, bringing massive implications to their business. On August 18, 2020, Sonoma County passed a paid sick leave ordinance (the “Sonoma Ordinance”), which took effect immediately and sunsetting on December 31, 2020.  The Sonoma Ordinance brings sweeping changes to businesses in unincorporated... Continue Reading…
August 25, 2020

Local Ordinance, Massive Implications: Sonoma County Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

Changes in local regulations across California continue to shift the legal landscape for employers, bringing massive implications to their business. On August 18, 2020, Sonoma County passed a paid sick leave ordinance (the “Sonoma Ordinance”), which took effect immediately and sunsetting on December 31, 2020.  The Sonoma Ordinance brings sweeping changes to businesses in unincorporated... Continue Reading
August 25, 2020