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Emilie speaking on the Fair Pay Act.
New California Fair Pay Act Adds Confusion and Incites Litigation

The Fair Pay Act (“FPA”), which goes into effect on January 1, 2016, requires employers to pay male and female employees the same for “substantially similar work” under “similar working conditions,” even if those employees work in different establishments.  The FPA also prohibits employer retaliation against employees for disclosing their wages, discussing the wages of others, inquiring about another employee’s wages, or aiding or encouraging any other employee to exercise his or her rights under the law.

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Major Shift of Certain Real Property Transfers Signed into Law

Recently signed legislation allows for the transfer of real property upon death through what is touted to be, under certain circumstances, a more streamlined and simple process, without the typical probate proceedings. Historically, many assets, such as stocks or bank accounts and even possessions, could be passed on to an identified beneficiary through the completion of a ‘Payable on Death’ or ‘Transfer on Death’ form (POD or TOD, respectively). The new legislation, AB 139, permits a similar transfer of real property, such as a house, land or other type of building, upon the death of an owner through the same process. AB 139 is effective now through January 1, 2021 (there is a five year test period to gauge the law’s impact).

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New Groundwater Legislation Takes Effect January 2015

New laws will soon change the way one of the most significant sources of California’s water supply is governed. In the wake of the worst drought in California history, the state’s legislature adopted a three bill package at the close of the 2014 legislative session that regulates California groundwater. The new laws take effect on January 1, 2015. While the California Constitution requires the reasonable and beneficial use of water, California was one of only a few states that did not significantly regulate groundwater until now.

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