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New laws expand employee rights

December 2, 2016 | Firm News

The Nov. 8 election brought about many sea changes throughout the country and here in Arizona, from the election of Donald Trump, the passage of many marijuana legalization measures (though not Arizona’s), or the defeat of longtime Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. These changed will impact our city and our region for many years, as…

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What is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act?

November 25, 2016 | Firm News

When it comes to workplace discrimination, the big headlines almost always go to high-profile cases about sexual or racial discrimination. Often, however, age-based discrimination occurs in much more subtle ways. The law has recognized this threat for some time, and has addressed it primarily through the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 for almost…

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What Makes a Restrictive Covenant Enforceable?

November 18, 2016 | Firm News

In industries throughout Arizona, restrictive covenants such as non-disclosure, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements are increasingly included in employment contracts. In general, these agreements are designed to protect the business interests of employers, and disputes over the reasonableness of such agreements are often the subject of litigation. Here is what every employee in Arizona should know…

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Stand up to employee misclassification

November 18, 2016 | Firm News

As many sectors of business become increasingly decentralized, the practice of misclassifying workers as independent contractors has continued to worsen. This practice, whether intentional on the part of the employer or not, is harmful to not only the employee, but also to state and federal governments and to the business community as a whole. It…

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The EEOC and Job Discrimination: What Every Employee in Arizona Should Know

November 17, 2016 | Firm News

Federal laws prohibit job discrimination based on an employee’s or applicant’s race, color, sex, age (40 or older), religion, national origin or disability. It is also illegal to discriminate against someone because he or she complained about discrimination or participated in an investigation into employment discrimination. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the…

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