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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.

As the summer heat intensifies, so does your obligation to protect your employees from heat-related illnesses. If you have employees who work outdoors, you are required to provide them with recovery periods of 10 minutes at least once every four hours. A ‘recovery period’ is a cool down period provided to prevent heat-related illness.

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Recently, a California Court of Appeal upheld an employer’s practice of rounding employee time entries to the nearest quarter hour. As you are aware from our news, employer wins in California are the exception not the rule. Here’s what happened:

In this appellate case, the employer had a company-wide system of rounding employee time entries to the nearest quarter hour. For example, if the employee clocked in between 6:53 and 7:07, he or she is paid as if he or she clocked in at 7:00. The appellate court found that this policy did not violate California labor laws because the result of the policy was neutral in application and did not result in a net underpayment of employee wages.

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Recently, high-risk funds such as XIV and SVXY dropped more than 80% overnight, causing many margin-trading investors to fall into substantial debt with their brokerages. Margin trading allows investors to borrow money from a financial brokerage to purchase stock. In order to trade on margin, an investor needs to open a margin account with a brokerage. 

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New employment policies went into effect on July 1, 2018, that “limit or prohibit the use of any language” in the workplace are presumed to be unlawful. This means that English-only policies are presumed to violate California law unless:

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We often encounter married clients who have revocable trusts prepared years ago which mandate creation of multiple trusts at the death of the first spouse (Decedent’s, Marital and Survivor’s Trusts). Prior to 2011, this set up was necessary to protect the deceased spouse’s federal estate tax exemption. However, since 2011 an individual’s federal estate tax exemption is portable or may be transferred at death to his or her spouse. Thus, it is no longer necessary to create multiple trusts at the first death.

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