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  • The Legal Landmines of Prevailing Wage Laws in the Construction Industry

    By Procopio Partner Laurence R. Phillips, Construction Group Member When launching a significant construction project, each stakeholder’s senior management likely is focused on securing the highest quality contractors, labor and materials, while adhering to an ambitious schedule and budget. In many aspects of private and public works construction, ensuring compliance with complex prevailing wage laws are likely not front of mind. A look at California’s prevailing wage law and the comp...

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  • The Legal Challenges of Sexual Harassment in the Modern Workplace

    By Partner Marie Burke Kenny, Leader of Procopio's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group and Member of Procopio's Management Committee It seems you can’t open a newspaper or watch a television news show today without seeing coverage of a sexual harassment case. At Procopio, we’ve assisted many employers who have faced employee complaints of sexual harassment. Fortunately, there are many steps an employer can take to navigate such situations to both comply with the law and improve ...

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  • SHOULD YOU REALLY HIT ‘SEND’ ON THAT EMAIL?

    By Procopio Partner Jeffrey S. Hood You’re doing three things at once, fueled with a bit too much caffeine. You learn that one of your business partners has just made another ridiculous request. You then fire off an email to a colleague, referring to your partner as someone who performs immoral acts, and describe how you are ill-inclined to share with him known flaws in your company’s product. You may not have meant any of it—sometimes we sound off when we’re frustrated—but how ...

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  • When Investors Require Side Agreements

    By Procopio Partner Paul B. Johnson and Attorney Aaron Sokoloff It has become increasingly common in venture financings for investors to require the company to enter into “side letters” – i.e. separate agreements between the company and one particular investor, which are separate from the main investment documents that are signed by all of the investors. Side letters may provide a particular investor with some unique set of rights (for example, information rights beyond what the oth...

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  • 6 Things Any Entrepreneur Should Know About Export Controls

    By Procopio Senior Associate Michael C. Jones It’s not news to most entrepreneurs that the U.S. Government imposes regulations on the release of technology and equipment developed within the United States. What many don’t fully understand is the broad reach of those regulations. If you are in any way involved in the development or manufacture of technology-driven products—regardless of where you market or sell those products—you should be aware of six key issues related to export ...

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  • A Seventeen-Year Leadership Legacy

    Procopio Real Estate Partner Tom Turner’s tenure as the firm’s Managing Partner can be told in numbers. Years in the position: 17. Growth in revenues: 435%. Increase in attorneys: 275%. New offices opened: 4. But one could argue his full legacy can’t be quantified. Anyone who has worked with Tom during his time as Managing Partner, whether inside or outside the firm, will tell you that he has been driven to ensure a firm-wide embrace of core principles, namely commitment to ser...

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  • Fighting Back Against Anonymous Defamation on the Internet: A Case Study

    By S. Todd Neal, Procopio Partner and Chair of its Litigation Team The Internet and social media have empowered us to communicate like never before.  Obviously there are major benefits, including that we can communicate on a real-time basis to a broad audience while obtaining information about businesses including reviews, ratings and other customer feedback.  Unfortunately, cyberspace also has a dark side, because it provides a platform for Internet users to anonymousl...

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  • 5 Must-Have Documents When Hiring (or Firing) an Employee

    You didn’t go into business to be sued, but too often litigation consumes a major part of a business executive’s days (and nights). While nothing can guarantee the avoidance of a lawsuit, there are five documents every business should have to lessen the risk. Let’s walk through the employment process and learn what those documents are. Job Description So you’re looking to hire someone? Congratulations! Did you know the job description is a critically important document? I...

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  • Ten Key Steps to Take Before You Sell Your Business

    Whether you are nearing retirement or believe an exit from the business is an important part of the company’s life cycle, it is never too early to plan for a successful sale of the company. Business owners and management should consult with their advisors and understand the process and timing in selling the business. Recent changes in the tax and other laws make planning extremely important. For many entrepreneurs, the sale of their “baby” is a challenging and overwhelming process. ...

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  • The Drone Industry—And its Legal Complexity—Is on the Rise

    The combination of continuing technological advancements and decreasing costs have drones both literally and figuratively on the rise. Once an expensive plaything navigable only by someone skilled in the principles of aviation, now anyone can purchase and operate a drone capable of reaching great height and distances with almost no effort. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates there are now more than 1.1 million consumer drones in the United States. This growth clearly will cont...

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