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What Is a Trade Secret?

Trade secrets are defined by federal law under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). They are forms of intellectual property and may consist of any pattern, physical device, idea, process, or formula (or a combination of those) that gives a company an advantage over its competitors. It is important to understand what kind of things can be considered trade secrets, how businesses protect trade secrets, and what the penalties are for stealing trade secrets. What...
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Do Employers Have to Pay for Jury Duty in California?

Jury duty may be something that most people dread, but it is an obligation many adults must participate in. Refusing to participate in jury duty without having an acceptable reason not to is illegal. Understandably, participating in jury duty can create a financial hardship for many working people. It is important to understand whether or not an employer has to pay for the time an employee takes to participate in jury duty. Can an Employer...
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Are Non-Competes Enforceable in California?

Many people have heard of a non-compete agreement, but may not completely understand what it means. In fact, some people sign non-complete agreements as terms of their employment without even realizing it. A non-compete is a type of legal agreement that forbids an employee from going to work with a competitor of their current employer. These agreements exist to protect company secrets. However, it is important for employees to know whether or not a non-compete...
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What Is a Demand Letter?

A demand letter is a preliminary tactic used by individuals or entities as an attempt to resolve a dispute, usually over a form of payment owed by one party to another. These letters are an effort by one party involved in the dispute to reach a resolution before taking formal legal action through the courts. It is important to understand how a demand letter works, why one may need to be sent, and what you...
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Is Severance Pay Taxable?

When a person leaves their job, whether because they left voluntarily or because of termination or a layoff, they may attempt to make ends meet through severance pay or any other owed compensation (such as pay time off or accrued vacation time). However, many people have questions about whether severance pay is taxable. After all, taxes are a vital, if unwanted, part of all of our lives. Continue reading to learn more about severance pay...
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