Oct 3 2023

AB-1228 Essentials: A New Minimum Wage for Fast-Food Chains and Avoiding the Prospect of Joint Franchisor/Franchisee Liability

What does it do? Establishes a Fast-Food Council that is responsible for developing minimum employment standards for fast-food employees, including wages, working conditions and training. Sets a $20/hr minimum wage for fast-food workers. Five Things to Know About the Minimum Wage for Fast-Food Workers The FFW Minimum Wage applies only to employees of “National Fast-Food […]

Aug 17 2023

Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® 2024 Edition

Dawn Newton, Franchise Law Kristin A. Pace, Tax Law Merrill J. Schwartz, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers recognitions are compiled based on an exhaustive Purely Peer Review® evaluation. More than 123,000 industry leading lawyers […]

Aug 9 2023

Quick Note for Employers Regarding Religious Accommodation

What Does “Substantial Increased Costs” Mean? This is to be determined. The Supreme Court provided minimal guidance on how employers meet the “substantial increased costs” standard. It will be up to the lower courts to determine how to apply this new standard on a case-by-case basis. What Does Groff v. Dejoy Mean for California Employers? […]

Jul 26 2023

I-9 Remote Verification Extended – But Only For Some

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security temporarily relaxed the requirement that employers physically inspect documents. Employers were allowed to accept copies transmitted by e-mail or other electronic means, and directed to annotate Form I-9. These were temporary measures designed to address workplace shutdowns caused by the pandemic.  They were not intended to […]

Jul 21 2023

Congratulations to Associates Anna Bernstein and Hayley Lenahan on Your Appointments as Members of the ACBA’s Barristers Executive Committee

The ACBA Barristers Executive Committee shapes the educational and social programming for the section. Anna was voted in as a member of the Executive Committee and Hayley was voted in as an alternate. Anna Bernstein is an associate with a focus on real estate, construction, and employment. As a member of the Real Estate and […]

Jun 30 2023

Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys Named 2023 Super Lawyers

Northern California Super Lawyers Mario Choi: Business Litigation Daniel B. Newbold: Estate Planning & Probate Kristin A. Pace: Estate Planning & Probate Lawrence K. Rockwell: Estate & Trust Litigation Mary M. Rudser: Estate Planning & Probate David A. Stein: Construction Litigation Jonathan McNeil Wong: Immigration Business Elizabeth M. Engh: Estate Planning & Probate Jessica M. […]

Jun 26 2023

Senior Counsel Emily L. Yip Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Emily joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Trusts and Estates practice group with practices focusing on Trusts and Estates and Family Law. She serves as a trusted advisor to individuals and families navigating complex legal matters related to estate planning, estate litigation, wealth transfer, tax planning, trust and estate litigation and administration, and family law. Certified by the […]

May 31 2023

Understanding the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA): A Brief Overview with Regards to Employees

What is the CPRA? The CPRA is an amendment to the CCPA, designed to strengthen privacy rights and protections for California residents. It introduces new requirements and expands upon the existing provisions of the CCPA. New Requirements Under the CPRA Companies that were compliant with the CCPA are not automatically compliant with the CPRA. Importantly, […]

May 1 2023

In Memoriam Philip M. Jelley

It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of our colleague, mentor, and friend, Philip M. Jelley, on April 5, 2023 at the age of 91. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1956, Phil joined legacy firm, Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley. He became partner in 1961 and focused his practice on general […]

Apr 14 2023

In Memoriam Gerald C. Smith

It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce our colleague and friend, Gerald “Jerry” Smith, passed away on March 30, 2023 at the age of 82. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Jerry joined legacy firm, Fitzgerald, Abbott and Beardsley, where he became partner and focused his […]