Fresno Attorneys receive Super Lawyer and Rising Star Honors

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are honorary titles bestowed upon a select group of the most distinguished attorneys by the San Francisco publication, Law and Politics. Lang, Richert & Patch proudly recognizes its 2009 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Attorneys earn this distinction after being evaluated in a multi-phase process that involves peer nomination and third-party research, which rigorously evaluates the nominees. Renowned authorities esteem this complex process of selecting top … [Read more...]

A Trend Toward Harmonizing Reasonable Accommodation and Interactive Process Claims Under the FEHA and ADA?

Nadaf-Rahrov v. Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., et al.: A Trend Toward Harmonizing Reasonable Accommodation and Interactive Process Claims Under the FEHA and ADA? The Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District in Nadaf-Rahrov v. Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., et al. (Sept. 10, 2008, Cal. Ct. App. 1st) __ Cal.App.4th __ [2008 DJDAR14314] held the federal definition of “reasonable accommodation” applies to disability-based discrimination claims under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, … [Read more...]

Court of Appeal Rules Employers Must Only Provide Meal and Rest Breaks

Update: The Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case Ruling Employers Must Only Provide Meal and Rest Breaks On October 22, 2008, the California Supreme Court granted review of Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court (2008) 165 Cal.App.4th 25.  The Court of Appeal found, among other things, that employers need only provide, not ensure, that meal and rest periods are taken.  Because the Supreme Court has granted review, the findings by the Court of Appeal are no longer good law and should not be … [Read more...]

General Counsel to Employees: Think Before You Send

Katheryn Hayes Tucker Fulton County Daily Report E-discovery rules have caused in-house counsel to take a harder line with some of the e-mails that workers think are private "Don't put this in writing, but ... " Those are the opening words of an e-mail that got the writer's company in legal hot water. And there are plenty more where that came from. "This is off the record," started the e-mail that in fact put it all on the record. How about this one? "We may be in breach of contract, and here's … [Read more...]

Employers Required to Complete Sexual Harassment Training

By Charles Trudrung Taylor Lang, Richert and Patch Last year, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law AB 1825, a bill mandating sexual harassment training for supervisory employees every two years. The new law provides that by January 1, 2006 all employers with 50 or more employees must provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to supervisory employees. Although employers may resent initial costs and burdens of implementing training programs, this preventative law aims to … [Read more...]