Military Leave Medical Benefits Choice: USERRA or COBRA?

When employees take a leave of absence for military service, they are entitled to continue the health plan provided by their employer pursuant to two relevant statutes.[1] The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) statutorily mandate employers to continue the current employment-based...
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How to Handle a Request for Military Leave

Many workforces include active members of the military. When an employee notifies an employer of an absence from work due to military service, a letter should be sent to the employee thanking them for the advanced notice (which is not legally required) and confirming the beginning date of the leave. To make sure of...
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Protecting Trade Secret and Proprietary Information from Disclosure

Business law attorneys are frequently dealing with accidentally or intentionally disclosed confidential, proprietary and trade secret information to someone outside the business. Employees often inadvertently disclose proprietary information as they market their expertise and background. This often creates an undue risk to companies’ proprietary information and trade secrets. According to one survey of...

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How to Handle Employess During Wild Fire Evacuations

Employment Issues Raised By California Fires

With the disruption caused by the recent fires, employers are left with the difficult task of managing employees. Wild fires raise at least two significant questions for employers in Southern California: (1) With mass evacuations and business closings, what are an employer’s obligations to compensate employees...

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