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New California Laws in 2020: From Employment-Status Changes to Family Leave

By Dorothy Crouch | December 26, 2019

A new year means new California workplace laws in which employers must become well versed. For 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a number of bills that protect workers’ rights and, also, redefine the role of employees.

IFF Sues S.F. Over Fur Ban

Following the Jan. 1 implementation of San Francisco’s fur ban, the International Fur Federation announced its filing of a lawsuit against the city in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Citing what it calls the “unconstitutional restriction on interstate and foreign commerce,” the IFF maintains that banning the sale of fur could lead to legislation regulating other animal products.

Fashion Nova Explains DOL Investigation

Fashion Nova Explains DOL Investigation

Fashion Nova Inc., a prominent Los Angeles–headquartered digital retailer of stylish yet affordable clothing, has been the subject of a wage-theft investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to a widely read New York Times article published this week.

Copyright and Labor Fashion Cases Reach Supreme Court

Issues in copyright and labor kept lawyers busy in 2019; however, the Los Angeles case that made the most headlines was a streetwear brand that brought its case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Designer Mossimo Giannulli Charged in ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ Scandal

One of the most notorious criminal cases of 2019 was the “Operation Varsity Blues” college-admissions scandal in which a number of wealthy parents were accused of crimes ranging from bribery to money laundering in a scheme to guarantee their children’s admission into renowned universities.

PacSun Pays $85,000 Settlement in Discrimination Suit

Anaheim, Calif.–headquartered Pacific Sunwear of California, LLC, will pay $85,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it was announced on Sept. 20.

Copyright Case Decision May Change Legal Game

Copyright-infringement lawsuits have been big business in Los Angeles, which is the center of many creative industries including fashion, film and music. But a recent case tackling this topic in Southern California is making waves and might force prospective plaintiffs to be more diligent when filing for copyright protection.

Los Angeles Apparel Contractor Fined for Underpaying Employees

After a six-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a nearly $54,000 fine against a Los Angeles garment sewing contractor for underpaying 21 employees.

Fashion Design Giannulli and Wife Plead Not Guilty in College-Bribery Scandal

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and wife, Lori Loughlin, pleaded not guilty on charges stemming from a college-admissions scandal case involving their two daughters.

Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli and Wife Charged With Money Laundering

Nearly one month after 33 parents were indicted for paying bribes to get their children into prestigious universities, 16 of them were indicted by a federal grand jury on a secondary charge of fraud and money laundering.

Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli and Wife Charged With Money Laundering

More charges filed against 16 parents caught up in college admissions cheating scandal.

Rent the Runway Sued by Competitor FashionPass

Rent the Runway was started in 2009 by two East Coast women who hit upon the idea of renting out clothes to a broad range of women who like to mix up their wardrobe but may not have the money to buy a full closet of clothes.

Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli and Wife Accused of Paying Bribes to Get Daughters Into USC

Los Angeles fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and his wife were named in a massive federal indictment accusing wealthy individuals of paying bribes to get their children into prestigious universities.

New California Laws to Alter Workplace Rules

New California Laws to Alter Workplace Rules

Ringing in the new year means ringing in a whole set of new laws that are important for employers to know. Most of these laws go into effect Jan. 1, but the minimum-wage increase in Los Angeles doesn’t take effect until July 1.

Agriculture Improvement Act Opens Door to Hemp Cultivation

Under the recently passed Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, signed by the Trump administration, hemp has been removed from the Controlled Substances Act, which was signed by President Richard Nixon in 1970.