Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed Assembly Bill 51 (“AB 51”) into law new rules that will prohibit California employers from requiring employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. AB 51 is set to take effect January 1, 2020, but it faces an uncertain future. If the law goes into effect in its…

On November 12, 2019, the California Trucking Association (“CTA”) filed an amended complaint against the State of California, seeking to prevent the enforcement of AB 5, California’s new independent contractor test. AB 5 is set to go into effect on January 1, 2020. The lawsuit was initially filed late last year, in response to a…

Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick has been named one of the nation’s “Best Law Firms” by U.S. World Report and Best Lawyers in America®. The firm was honored in the prestigious Metropolitan San Diego Tier 1 category for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Metropolitan San Diego Tier 2 category for Professional Malpractice Law –…

Shortly after its passing in the California Assembly and Senate, on September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 (“AB5”) into law creating significant restrictions on how employers classify their workforce. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2020. First introduced in the Legislature in December 2018, the new law now…

Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick is pleased to announce that Managing Partner, Kevin DeSantis, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Transportation Law. In addition, DeSantis received the prestigious…

On June 27, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 83 (“SB 83”) into law. The law, which goes into effect July 1, 2020, extends the maximum duration of Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) benefits employees may receive from California’s State Disability Insurance (“SDI”) program from six to eight weeks. Employees continue to be able to…

Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Doug Gillie. Gillie practices commercial litigation, representing businesses and employers large and small. He has experience in a wide variety of civil actions, including complex commercial disputes, wage-and-hour and consumer class actions, employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases, patent and other intellectual-property…

Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick is pleased to announce that K. Elizabeth (Beth) Dunn, Kevin V. DeSantis, and James A. McFaul have been selected as 2019 Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer…

2019 is already well underway. It wouldn’t be a new year in California without new employment regulations. And 2019 brought with it an overhaul of existing regulations as well as some significant new cases from the court system that together affect California employment in several ways. Here is a quick overview of the most critical…

Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick is pleased to announce that K. Elizabeth (Beth) Dunn (Complex Litigation), Kevin V. DeSantis (Professional Liability Defense), and Christopher Walt (General Business Law) have been listed in San Diego Magazine as 2019 Top Lawyers in San Diego.

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