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New California Rule Requires Informed Consent Prior to Mediation

By John D. Lueck |

In September 2018, California Senate Bill No. 954 was signed into law. The law, which went into effect on January 1, 2019, sets new requirements for attorneys discussing the possibility of mediation with their clients. Lawyers now have a higher standard for ensuring that their clients understand the legal protections and effects of mediation,… Read More »

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Changes to California’s Sex Offender Registration Law

By John D. Lueck |

One of the most serious consequences of conviction for sex offenses in California is the sex offender registry. Anyone convicted of a serious sex crime must register as a sex offender. If they move, they have to update local law enforcement agencies while residing in the state or working in the state. Registration has… Read More »

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CA Penal Code 311: Child Pornography

By John D. Lueck |

California Penal Code Section 311 et seq. sets out California’s prohibition on the possession and distribution of child pornography.  Child pornography is one of the most serious charges a defendant can face.  Even the mere allegation that someone possessed or distributed child pornography can cause severe damage to a suspect’s reputation, professional life, living… Read More »

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A Look at Repetitive Motion Injuries

By John D. Lueck |

Not all workplace injuries involve an employee getting crushed by a large piece of machinery.  Some workplace maladies can develop slowly over time as a result of the type of work being conducted and the conditions of the workplace.  Injuries such as repetitive stress or repetitive motion can be just as debilitating, limiting an… Read More »

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Landmark LGBT Discrimination Case Heads to Supreme Court

By John D. Lueck |

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers around the country from discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. While many states, including California, have put into place stronger protections across a wider range of protected classes, Title VII remains a powerful tool… Read More »

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California Pushes Back on Federal Arbitration Policy to Empower Workplace Harassment Plaintiffs

By John D. Lueck |

We’ve discussed before how California has been taking major steps to empower workers and end sexual harassment in the workplace. California has banned secret settlements and NDAs that prevent harassed employees from discussing harassment in the workplace, as well as mandatory agreements that limit employer liability for sexual harassment. Former Governor Jerry Brown vetoed… Read More »

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Do Bench Warrants Expire in California?

By John D. Lueck |

If you violate a court order by, for example, skipping out on a criminal court date, refusing to pay child support, or failing to complete court-ordered classes, the judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest. A bench warrant gives police the authority to arrest you on sight. Bench warrants are based on… Read More »

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A California Bench Warrant Can Land You In Jail Like R. Kelly

By John D. Lueck |

A California bench warrant authorizes police to arrest an individual on sight, leading to potential jail time. A bench warrant can be issued by a California judge for a variety of reasons. Bench warrants, unlike other arrest warrants, are not necessarily based on specific criminal activity. Many do arise in the criminal context, however…. Read More »

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CA Penal Code 236.1: Human Trafficking

By John D. Lueck |

California Penal Code Section 236.1 lays out California’s prohibition on the practice of human trafficking. Human trafficking is broadly defined as depriving the personal liberty of another person for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. The California legislature specifically defines human trafficking to be equivalent to the federal definition of “severe”… Read More »

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CA Penal Code 236 and 237: False Imprisonment

By John D. Lueck |

California Penal Code Section 236 sets out California’s prohibition on false imprisonment. Broadly, PC 236 defines “false imprisonment” as “the unlawful violation of the personal liberty of another.” False imprisonment is meant for circumstances where a person restrains or holds another person against their will, but the severity of the crime does not amount… Read More »

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