With the loss of jobs that came with the economic downturn, some states are considering banning or at least placing a moratorium on enforcement of non-compete agreements. The ability to move between jobs or to take a new job within a chosen field, free from the restrictions of a non-compete agreement, would boost employment rates some believe.
Antonio de la Rua claimed in a recent lawsuit filed in California that his former employer and girlfriend, Shakira, owes him $100 million for the work that he did to launch her stardom. De la Rua began working for the singer/songwriter in 2005 and, despite the absence of an employment contract spelling out their working relationship, believes he deserves compensation for his role in Shakira's musical career.
Five members of the cast of Modern Family recently filed a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox. Their demand? Void their existing employment contracts and rewrite new ones with higher salaries for each of the cast members.
Whether a part of your pay is commission-based, or whether you are paid entirely based on commissions, as of 2013, California law requires that a written commission agreement be established between commissioned employees and their employers. There are currently no penalties for non-compliance written into the new employment law, but failing to create the required contractual agreement could be considered an unfair business practice under California law.