Feb 26 2020

California Supreme Court Confirms Employer’s Exit Searches Must Be On-The-Clock

Frlekin is a class action brought by a group of Apple store retail employees who were required to submit to post-clock-out searches of their bags before leaving Apple store premises.  According to the employees’ allegations, these searches were not cursory, lasting from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the availability of a manager or security […]

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Feb 13 2020

Donahue Fitzgerald Recognized in the World Trademark Review’s 2020 WTR 1000 Ranking

The WTR cites leading trademark practitioners globally. Among top practitioners, they noted that Managing Partner, Andrew MacKay, “is effective at starting dialogues that lead to fruitful resolutions without anything having to be filed, standing out as a business-minded and cost-conscious litigator.” WTR notes that Music and Entertainment Chair and IP Co-chair, Daniel Schacht, “anchors the […]

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Jan 24 2020

Congratulations to Yen Chau and Jonathan Wong on their ACBA Recognitions

Yen and Jonathan were both recognized on January 23, 2020, at the ACBA Installation and Distinguished Service Awards Dinner. “Congratulations to Yen and Jonathan on their well-deserved achievements,” said Andrew MacKay, Managing Partner. “Both their recognitions demonstrate not only our firm’s long-standing partnership with the ACBA but also our commitment to continually providing legal services […]

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Jan 23 2020

Bills Already Pending to Amend AB-5

One such bill, SB-806, simply seeks to correct AB-5’s many typos.  On the other extreme, AB-1928 seeks to repeal AB-5 and instead enact the previous multifactor test set out in S.G. Borello & Sons, Inc. v. Department of Industrial Relations (1989) 48 Cal.3d. 341. Three other pending bills each seek to “tweak” one of AB-5’s […]

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Jan 6 2020

Donahue Fitzgerald Elects Three New Partners

“We are proud to welcome Kathrin, Jesse, and Jessica to the firm’s partnership,” said Andrew MacKay, Managing Partner. “They have demonstrated commitment to delivering quality client service through their legal and technical skills while partnering with their colleagues in bringing practical and strategic solutions in line with our clients’ goals.” Meet Donahue Fitzgerald’s newest partners: […]

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Dec 18 2019

Key Changes to California Employment Law for Businesses in 2020

Independent Contractors v. Employees (AB 5) The ABC test under the 2018 Dynamex case has been codified into law, at Labor Code Section 2750.3. Labor Code Section 2750.3 adopts the ABC test in most situations, making it difficult to correctly classify a worker as an independent contractor. Additionally, the new law is retroactive and applies […]

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Nov 1 2019

Client Vidado Named One of the 10 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

The Tech Tribune, considered revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product traction, competitive landscape, and other several factors in their research. Additionally, according to The Tech Tribune, “all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.” Founded in 2011, Vidado’s […]

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Nov 1 2019

Donahue Fitzgerald Ranked in Top Tier of 2020 “Best Law Firms”

Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top 5 percent of private practicing attorneys in the U.S. Receiving a Tier 1 […]

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Oct 23 2019

Our Oakland Office Is Moving Up A Floor

  On November 22, 2019, our Oakland office will move up from the 25th floor to the 26th floor of the same Lake Merritt Plaza building. Effective November 22nd, our new Oakland address will be: 1999 Harrison Street 26th Floor Oakland, CA 94612 All phone and email contact information will remain the same. If you […]

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Oct 21 2019

Get Ready for California’s New Lactation Accommodation Law

If you are an employer in San Francisco, you will find that the new requirements are very similar to San Francisco’s Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance.  For other parts of the state, the law imposes significant additions to the physical requirements for lactation spaces, and also requires employers to develop a written lactation policy.  Additionally, […]

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