Protecting Electronically Stored Customer Data

Protecting Electronically Stored Customer Data On Facebook the other day I read a post that asked users to list something that they remember from childhood that the current generation would have no appreciation for or understanding of.  Rotary phones, televisions without remotes, no Internet…and the list went on and on. As I looked through the list, and the names of all those who provided input, as well Read More

Workplace Privacy

Workplace Privacy Now more than ever, businesses are relying on the Internet, social media, and other forms of technology to attract and retain customers. As a result, employees are spending more time interacting with these tools. And, as could be predicted, some employees take liberties when using these tools for their benefit. While technology has become more sophisticated allowing employers to limit Read More

Yelp………….That Hurt

Yelp………….That Hurt The Internet, social media, and product and service reviews are now staples in consumer behavior. I routinely use them, and there have been times where a product or service review is the sole criteria by which I make a purchasing decision…….or more importantly, choose not to make a purchasing decision. And while this contemporary word of mouth is a repackaging of recommendations of yesteryear, the Read More

Employee Handbooks

Employee Handbooks Is One Required? The short answer is no. There is no legal obligation that a company have a handbook. However, ask any human resource expert, business owner or lawyer and each will tell you that having a handbook is essential. Asked why, each of the folks would likely give a different reason. The human resources expert would likely say it communicates the company’s policies and Read More

Commission Agreements

Commission Agreements  California law requires that commission agreements be in writing, explain the method by which commissions will be computed and paid, and be signed by the employee. While this seems relatively straightforward, commission agreements have earned a fair amount of attention as employers have, as is sometimes the case, failed to fully comprehend their responsibilities under the law. Read More

So You Want To Convert All Paid Leave To PTO?

So You Want To Convert All Paid Leave To PTO? As most business owners know, California law on sick leave seems to be ever-evolving. And trying to harmonize and keep track of this along with paid vacation leave can be extraordinarily difficult. To simplify the administrative effort in tracking leave balances, many employers are moving to a one-leave-bucket model and calling all paid leave paid time off Read More

Leave Entitlement Law

Leave entitlement under California and federal law is complex. This table is intended to provide a summary of the various leave programs with some key provisions. This chart is subject to change in accordance with applicable law. For the most up to date version of this chart click here: LAW CALIFORNIA FEDERAL PURPOSE PAID? Employer Employee LEAVE ENTITLEMENT FAMILY Read More


S-CORP SHAREHOLDER EMPLOYEES, WATCH THOSE DISTRIBUTIONS So you’ve evaluated a number of business structures and decided that as a sole employee, a Subchapter S Corporation is the most advantageous for your business. Not only does it offer the personal liability protection of the traditional corporation structure, but income passes through to the individual shareholder. And, not only can you take compensation from Read More

New Deduction for Small Business under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Congress just passed the most sweeping tax reform since the 1980s – what does it mean for the small business owner? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) provides a new deduction for business income from pass-thru entities. But, your small business must either pay wages or own qualified business property. WHO GETS THE DEDUCTION? Individual taxpayers who are Sole proprietors, LLC members, S-Corporation Read More

Take Note… 2018 Law Changes For Your Business

You are undoubtedly looking toward 2018 and strategizing how to foster growth and continue prosperity in your business.  The Legislature and Governor have also been busy in anticipation of the new year.  And the result, like in years past, is more rules and regulations. If there’s a theme this year, I’d say it’s privacy. To help with your preparation, here is a summary of changes coming for 2018. A.B. 450: While Read More