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Please note: The material in these articles, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the posts. The articles should not be considered, nor are they intended to constitute, legal advice. For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500.

The controlled substance testing regulations apply to every person subject to the commercial driver’s license requirements who operates a commercial motor or passenger bus vehicle in commerce in any state.  Motor and bus carriers must make sure that substance abuse testing and other related requirements are satisfied by all “employees” (which are defined in certain cases to include independent contractor drivers), mechanics and freight handlers.

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Business, Employment:  September 12, 2014

Paid Sick Leave Signed Into Law In California

 California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 this week. See this link for entire text of bill which amends California labor code section 2810.5.

This article states that an employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from their first day of employment is entitled to paid sick days. Note, there are certain exceptions to whom qualifies as an employee under this new Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014.

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Estate Planning:  August 20, 2014

Commentary on Robin William's "Estate Planning"

Commentary on "Robin Williams' Estate Plan Spares His Heirs a Lot of Drama"

California has very specific probate laws and having a will alone is not sufficient to avoid the costly process of probate, not just financially but emotionally as well. When you have a tragic and surprising loss like here with Robin Williams, having proper estate planning can make an awful situation resolve quicker and easier. Without proper planning or funding of your trust, you leave your beneficiaries with a challenging fight in front of them that would not otherwise exist.

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On August 13th San Francisco’s new Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) took effect for employers with 20 or more employees who operate or whose businesses are located in the city.

According to the new law, an employer must not ask about certain topics regarding the criminal background of their job applicants and employees. The ordinance aims to remove difficulties those with criminal records face while being considered for jobs for which they are well qualified.

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Legal News, Business:  August 19, 2014

Franchise Friction in the California Legislature

The California State Assembly is poised to consider a new piece of consumer protection legislation this week.
Senate Bill 610, already approved by the State Senate, has the potential to drastically reshape the landscape of fast food and other heavily franchised industries throughout the state. The bill proposes to make it more difficult for franchisor corporations, including various fast food empires, to end licensing agreements with franchisees.

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