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Passport to Justice

The mission of the Speak Up centers is to provide legal advocacy, train advocates, and fund people who serve the poor and fight against injustice. This mission is closely aligned with HS&A’s own values and combines legal excellence with a commitment to community.

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State of the Court with Judge Mary Thornton House

By Martin Sullivan – Jack Schaedel and Martin Sullivan attended a luncheon today at the University Club in downtown Pasadena to learn about the State of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in a discussion led by Judge Mary Thornton House. The message — the Court is […]

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High-End Shoemaker Wants Exclusive Rights To “China Red” Soles

By Martin E. Sullivan – What’s the difference between a Louboutin sole and a Tory Burch medallion?  One goes on the bottom of a shoe and the other on top.  Riiiight, but there’s more.  Christian Louboutin SA attorneys appeared Tuesday in the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of […]

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Before the New Year, Resolve to Reconsider Independent Contractor Classifications

By Martin E. Sullivan – Business owners who employ independent contractors may wake up with more than a champagne headache on January 1, 2012.  On this day, Senate Bill 459 will go into effect which imposes stiff penalties on employers who “willfully misclassify” an employee as an […]

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EEOC 2011 Fiscal Report

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced that Fiscal Year 2011 saw a record number of Charges of Discrimination filed, 99,947.  The agency recovered $364.6 million against employers through its enforcement actions, also a record.  These numbers (which do not include statistics from state agencies […]

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2011 Top Attorneys

Thursday, November 3, 2011,  Pasadena Magazine celebrated its 2011 Top Attorneys with a reception at the iconic Langham Huntington.  Over five hundred attorneys were chosen as best in their field for the issue that hit newsstands last week. The annual award is voted on by thousands of attorneys […]

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Dialogues on Freedom

On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, three HS&A attorneys ventured out to Los Angeles area high schools and joined members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association to serve as volunteer Dialogue leaders for Dialogues on Freedom.  The roots of this program date back to the tragic events […]

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E-Verify Requirements Gaining Momentum in More States

In a previous blog entry, we discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 26, 2011 decision which approved Arizona’s requirement that employers use E-Verify. (See “The U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Arizona’s E-Verify Requirement”). E-Verify is an internet system that allows employers to determine employees’ eligibility to work in […]

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Jack Schaedel Speaks at LACBA Event

Don’t miss Jack Schaedel as he joins the LACBA panel to discuss Developing and Sustaining an Employment Law Firm: Plaintiff, Defense, and Mixed Plaintiff-Defense Practices tonight, Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles.

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Sleeping on the Job: When Employees Get Paid to Sleep

A recent California Court of Appeal decision addressed whether employees can be compensated for sleep time during on-call periods. Sleep time can constitute “hours worked,” thus making employers responsible for compensation during such periods, unless they have made a prior agreement to exclude compensation for sleep time.  […]

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