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Employers with Outdoor Workers Urged to Prepare this Month

According to the National Climatic Data Center, 2014 was the hottest calendar year on record since 1895 in California. Thus far in 2015, the Center has already recorded consistent and similar record-breaking temperatures over the last two months. As such, now is the time for employers to prepare for anticipated record heat this late spring, summer, and […]

Nationwide Alert on Fentanyl

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues/compounds. Fentanyl is commonly laced in heroin, causing significant problems across the country, particularly as heroin abuse has increased.  “Drug incidents and overdoses related to fentanyl are occurring at an alarming rate throughout the United States […]

Notice Requirements for California Depositions

California law provides specific and strict requirements that must be complied with in order to properly notice a deposition in a case filed in a California Superior Court. A review of these requirements must be included in any litigation discovery plan, whether deposing or preparing for a deposition.. Notice of Deposition Items required to be […]

Fitness for Duty Examination is Permissible After Returning to Work from FMLA Leave

Employers have long been denied the opportunity to request a second opinion on an employee’s ability to work before returning from Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. However, in California, an employer is permitted to request a fitness-for-duty examination and certification after the employee is permitted to return to work. So long as it is paid for by the […]

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