Category Archives: General

The Legal Pitfalls Inherent in Using “Works Made for Hire” in California

Labor and employment issues are frequently triggered in the entertainment space, particularly in California.  Some of these issues are well-known by practitioners in both areas of practice, while others can be a bit more obscure.  This article addresses one important area of overlap that is often the source of confusion for practitioners and their clients alike who, unbeknownst to them, have created employment relationships with their commissioned independent contractors, simply by including standard, boilerplate copyright language in their contracts. Under U.S. Copyright Law, only the author of a work can rightfully claim the copyright in that work. Obviously, when you …


Mixed Messages on LGBT Protections

NYC Guidelines Strengthen Transgender Protections in Employment; NC Law Eliminates Local LGBT Protections Altogether.  Confused, Anyone? I don’t envy employers these days. It ain’t easy staying on top of all of the federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations out there at the moment. And if you’re an employer with employees in multiple states across our great country, forget about it. (On second thought, don’t forget about it, just delegate figuring that mess out to your favorite employment lawyer.) Case-in-point, the many and varied laws out there regarding the protections afforded LGBT employees.

White House Announces Thursday Immigration Address

According to a White House Facebook video posted yesterday, President Obama will address the nation on Thursday, November 20, 8:00 pm ET regarding executive actions on immigration reform.  The address will be delivered from Nevada, the state with the largest share of undocumented residents, 7.6% according to Pew research.  A draft plan purportedly contains ten initiatives ranging from a deportation reprieve for undocumented parents of U.S. citizens to boosting border security and improving immigration officer pay.