December 2015 Archives

HSR obtains immigration relief for individual detained at LAX Airport

Hadsell, Stormer & Renick was recently successful in arguing that an undocumented individual who was detained at LAX when she went to greet her sister arriving from Mexico was entitled to humanitarian parole. By winning this argument, the client was successful in adjusting her immigration status and became a U.S. lawful permanent resident.

How to handle requests to work overtime during the holidays

This week is arguably the busiest shopping week of the year. As Christmas is this week, scores of procrastinating shoppers are expected to hit stores and malls to grab last minute gifts. Retailers are poised to oblige them. Most stores are expected to roll out discounts on selected items, and they are expected to stay open later than usual until Christmas Eve.

Coming changes for California's employment laws

The New Year will soon be upon us. With that, there are several changes to California employment law statutes that will take effect beginning January 1. These changes were enacted into law earlier this fall, but they have not taken effect yet. Nevertheless, it is prudent to use this post as a reminder to employees who may be affected by these changes.

HSR Files Suit Against Airbnb and Former Landlords for Illegal Evictions

Hadsell Stormer & Renick, LLP filed suit against Airbnb and landlords of a four unit apartment building in the Fairfax neighborhood of Los Angeles. In the lawsuit, the Plaintiffs allege that Airbnb and their former landlord, Carol Alsman, violated City and state law by illegally evicting them in order to re-rent the units through Airbnb. In the complaint, the tenants claim that Airbnb is liable as the sort term rental platform failed to re-rent the apartments back to tenants at their prior rent as it was required to do. The landlord filed documents with the City claiming that they were removing the entire apartment building from the market for five years in order to justify the forced eviction. But just weeks after the tenants had been evicted, the Landlord turned around and re-offered the properties on Airbnb at rates that were 10x the rent they were allowed to charge.

How employees can avoid trouble at holiday parties

At this time of year, it is customary for businesses and organizations to have holiday parties. Depending on where you work, the gathering may be at the office or at a separate location. Regardless of where the party is, it is not uncommon for people to “let their hair down” and have a good time. This is especially true when people are liberal with their alcohol consumption, or mistletoe leads to awkward moments.

Thoughts on workers being paid during the holiday season

The holiday season is not just for people to spend a little extra to purchase gifts for family and friends. It is also an opportunity for retailers to pad their bottom lines; hence the term “Black Friday.” Nevertheless, the retail bonanza is not just limited to the day after Thanksgiving and Cyber-Monday (the first Monday after Thanksgiving). Because of this holiday push, retailers tend to hire additional help to make sure the holiday season is profitable.

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