Settlement Negotiation

A Settlement Offer Letter is a written communication between two parties in a dispute. The dispute does not have to be in a court of law. One party sends the other party this Settlement Offer Letter, with the proposed terms for a complete settlement between the parties. Rather than a formal legal document, this letter

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Security Deposits

In California, the amount that a landlord can deduct from a residential security deposit is governed by California Civil Code Section 1950.5(b). A landlord is allowed to deduct money only for unpaid rent (including utilities), damage beyond normal wear and tear, and reasonable cleaning costs. If she deducts over $125 from the security deposit, then

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Wrongful Termination

California Is an At-Will State California’s Labor Code contains a presumption that employees are employed at will. This means that either the employer or the employee may terminate employment at any time, with or without cause or prior notice. This is important for employers because “cause” is defined under California law as “a fair and

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Breaking a Lease

A lease obligates both you and your landlord for a set period of time. Under a typical lease, a landlord can’t raise the rent or change other terms, until the lease runs out (unless the lease itself provides for a change). A landlord can’t force you to move out before the lease ends, unless you

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2022 Employment Update

California lawmakers continue to remake the employment landscape, enacting several new laws for 2022, including ones that change how employers handle separation agreements, workplace investigations, and workplace safety. Here are the significant new laws that human resource professionals should prepare to implement come January 1, 2022. California AB 1033 and 1578 have added protective leave

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