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The California Supreme Court Weighs In On Bail Reform
Money bail has become a hotly debated topic in California. Criminal defendants who cannot afford a fixed or “scheduled” bail amount remain in jail while charges are pending, but wealthier defendants with exactly the same charges can obtain their freedom. The California Supreme Court has granted review in a case that will likely determine the constitutional parameters regarding how bail is set in this state.
United States Supreme Court Strikes Down 18 USC §16(b) (Residual Clause) as Void for Vagueness
The United States Supreme Court issued an important ruling upholding a vagueness challenge to the manner in which courts have determined whether a state criminal conviction constitutes a crime of violence and is thus an “aggravated felony” for immigration purposes.
Highlights of the newly enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Here's a handy break-down of the most significant changes in the new tax legislation.
Seventh Circuit Holds that Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation Is a Form of Sex Discrimination Under Title VII
In this landmark en banc decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals expands the scope of conduct encompassed within Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination. The decision may provide the US Supreme Court an opportunity to make a definitive statement on this issue.
Exception to No-Impeachment Rule Permits Inquiry Into Jury Deliberations in Criminal Cases
The United States Supreme Court has held that, when there is clear evidence that a juror relied on racial bias to convict a defendant, a trial court may set aside the no-impeachment rule and inquire into the jury’s deliberations to determine whether the defendant was denied his or her Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury.
Employers Beware: New Local Paid Sick Leave Ordinances Complicate Compliance
Cities have begun passing their own paid sick leave ordinances. Employers with employees working in any of these cities must ensure compliance with California's paid sick leave law and with any applicable local ordinance.
New Labor Code §925 Mandates California Choice of Law and Forum Selection in Employment Agreements
Effective January 1, 2017, agreements with employees who are California residents and who work in California will be subject to the limitations on choice of law and forum selection in new Labor Code §925.
DOL Regulations Mandate Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has promulgated regulations implementing Executive Order 13706, signed by President Obama on September 7, 2015, mandating that employers that contract with the federal government provide paid sick leave to their employees, including paid leave for family care.
Supreme Court Permits Nonresident Plaintiffs to Sue Nonresident Pharmaceutical Company in California
The California Supreme Court has determined that, consistent with the requirements of due process, California courts may exercise specific jurisdiction over a nonresident defendant to adjudicate the tort claims of nonresident plaintiffs.
California Becomes Fifth State to Allow Physicians to Prescribe Aid-in-Dying Drugs to Terminally Ill Patients
With the enactment of the End of Life Option Act (Health & S C §§443–443.22), effective June 9, 2016, California becomes the fifth state in the nation to allow physicians to prescribe medications to end of the lives of terminally ill patients.