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California Employment Law: New Developments for 2018

Here are 10 recent developments that will impact employers and employees in the coming year.

Gag Orders on Grand Jury Subpoenas to Banks: The Next First Amendment Frontier?

It is not uncommon for federal prosecutors to use grand jury subpoenas to force banks to produce their customers’ financial records—while barring the banks from telling their customers. Is that constitutional?

Understanding the New Framework for Whistleblower Retaliation in California

Changes to the Labor Code enhance protection for employees who speak out against improprieties.



Listen to lawyers, judges, and experts speak at Cal Lawyer's Women Leadership in Law and Patent Disputes Forum North events.


The Art of Getting Paid


A series of blog posts that provide tips and advice on legal billing.

Current topic: Retainer Options



Judges in their own words

“Even the government has First Amendment rights.”

— Presiding Justice Arthur Gilbert, writing for Division 6 of the Second District of the California Court of Appeal, in Santa Clara Waste Water Co. v. County of Ventura Environmental Health Division, 2017 WL 5898576. Per the anti-SLAPP statute, the court affirmed dismissal of a claim that the plaintiff’s rights had been violated when a county agency advised the plaintiff that it was referring uncorrected environmental violations to the district attorney so they might be included as part of an ongoing investigation of possible criminal activity.

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