Choosing a Business entity? Considering business formation?

CHOOSING A BUSINESS ENTITY What type of entity will your business take? An important, but often misunderstood, decision in the life of a business is the entrepreneur’s or existing business owner’s choice among the different forms of legal entities under which the business can operate. The decision is determinative regarding the tax treatment and legal liability of both the business and its owners. This Legal Update addresses the basic characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of the various business entity options. The … Continued

Employers can’t restrict employees from running for office

Employers can’t restrict employees from running for office Election years always get me thinking. This election cycle is no different, and considering it appears anyone can run for office, I was wondering what are the rules regarding running for any political office as it relates to the employer and employee relationship. There are numerous political offices that one can seek the election to, from everything from water districts, city councils, to utility commissions. Most local political offices are filled by … Continued

Should you collect customers Zip Codes?

A: The safe answer is no. Currently there no clear legal answer on whether you are allowed to ask customers their zip code. The typical situation is this – A customer checks out at your local retail store and in completing the sale the cashier asks the customer for their zip code. There are at least two pending lawsuits where customers have filed suit against the retailers who requested zip codes. Not only are the customers claiming that the practice … Continued

Employee Incentives – So Cal Business Lawyer

MONEY IS NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER It appears that the growth of small businesses will continue to progress in 2014 as small businesses have generated more than 65% of the new jobs created in the U.S. since 1996. With every small business comes employees and employee issues. Every small business knows that a good employee is worth three bad ones. How to motivate employees is a science that continues to develop. In times past, business owners would resort to money … Continued

NEW LAWS THAT TOOK EFFECT IN 2012 THAT EVERY EMPLOYER OR BUSINESS OWNER SHOULD KNOW

NEW LAWS THAT TOOK EFFECT IN 2012 THAT EVERY EMPLOYER OR BUSINESS OWNER SHOULD KNOW Several new employment laws will impact California employers’ day-to-day operations and policies in 2012. Unless specified, the below laws became effective on Jan. 1, 2012. Credit Check AB 22 prohibits employers and prospective employers, not including certain financial institutions, from obtaining and using consumer credit reports (credit information) about applicants or employees. The prohibition does not apply to “managerial positions,” defined as those who qualify … Continued