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Since 2004, the Paid Family Leave program has provided monetary benefits to employees who have to temporarily miss work to care for a sick family member or to bond with a new child. This program is funded through employee payroll deductions into the State Disability Insurance fund. Earlier this year, the Governor signed into law a bill that will take effect January of 2018 to increase these benefits.

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Final pay checks have special protections under California law, and therefore, employers must be very careful in calculating and issuing them. We often encounter situations in which an employer wishes to make deductions from an employee’s final paycheck for business losses, such as unreturned uniforms or equipment.

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Most employers have had employees request time off for medical reasons at some point, either for planned medical procedures, or when the employee is out unexpectedly and notifies the employer that he/she cannot return to work for some period of time. However many employers are unaware of the specific response and notification requirements that are triggered once they are put on notice of an employee’s need for medical leave.

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Do you run internet searches or check social media accounts on job applicants? For some employers the internet has become a tool to further screen prospective employees. However, employers must be careful in how they go about gathering such information because search engines and social media sites may expose the employer to information involving protected categories.

Rainmaker Q&A

The Scali Law Firm's Melanie Joo

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Read this Q&A with The Scali Law Firm's Melanie Joo, originally published in Law360. A partner at the firm, Melanie is an experienced legal and business advisor who focuses her practice primarily in two areas: Korean companies entering the U.S. market and automotive companies and dealers.

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This article, by Daily Journal staff writer Eli Wolfe, discusses The Scali Law Firm's recent expansion into Sacramento with the hiring of Monica J. Baumann.

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In the October/November 2016 issue of West Coast Dealer, The Scali Law Firm published a template letter of opposition to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for independent auto dealers to consider completing and sending to the CFPB in advance of its rule-making concerning the potential ban on class action waivers in automobile financing agreements.

Scali Law Firm expands to Sacramento

CNCDA’s former Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Monica J. Baumann, joins California’s top automotive law firm

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To better serve its Central and Northern California clients on staying ahead of the rapidly changing automotive regulatory landscape, The Scali Law Firm today announced that it has expanded to Sacramento by adding Monica J. Baumann who, as CNCDA’s Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, has overseen cutting edge, industry-affecting litigation, assisted in the preparation and presentation of new legislation affecting auto dealers in California, overseen the revision of a number of the CNCDA’s dealer manuals, spearheaded the first ever CNCDA Employment Law Manual, and presented numerous educational compliance seminars to auto dealers.

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