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Estate Planning: Can I Include My Pet?

  • Sep 20 2017

  The basics of estate planning includes planning for the transfer of your estate to others during life, at death or after death, and planning for incapacity.  But can an estate plan include your pet?  YES!  However, assets cannot be left directly to pets, since animals are still considered property under the law, but you can care for your animal companions in a few different ways: Designate an animal shelter that they are to...

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Post The Wage Order

  • Sep 1 2017

Big news in the world of wage orders! There has been some recent updates to include the most recent increases to the minimum wage. Wage Orders 1 through 12, 15 and 16 have been updated by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). That leaves Wage Orders 14 and 17 untouched. Now would be a great time for employers to review all seventeen wage orders to decide which order they need to post. Wage...

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Can Employees Sue Their Employer’s Attorney For Retaliation?

  • Aug 29 2017

Employers are aware of the risk of being sued by their employees for retaliation against an employee that is engaging in a protected activity, but what about the employer’s attorney?  According to a recent case brought to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, an employer’s attorney may also be sued for retaliation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (Arias v. Raimondo, 860 F.3d 1185 (9th.Cir. 2017)). The case involves an employee with...

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Protecting Your New Family With An Estate Plan

  • Jul 28 2017

Becoming a new parent is a life changing experience, and caring for a child is an awesome responsibility. This is also the time to think about your child’s future by asking an important question: who will care for your child if you become disabled or die? The best way to put your mind at ease is by having an estate plan. The most basic estate planning tool is a will, which enables a person...

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An Overview of Foundational Corporate Documents

  • Jul 25 2017

There are a number of steps to form a corporation, including selecting a name, obtaining the necessary licenses and permits, paying certain fees, and filing foundational documents with the appropriate state agency. While an attorney can help prepare and file the required papers, the owners, officers and directors should have a basic understanding of these documents. Articles of Incorporation The first underlying document is the Articles of Incorporation, which states the corporate name, business...

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Family Business: Preserving Your Legacy for Generations to Come

  • Jul 3 2017

Your family-owned business is not just one of your most significant assets, it is also your legacy. Both must be protected by implementing a transition plan to arrange for transfer to your children or other loved ones upon your retirement or death. More than 70 percent of family businesses do not survive the transition to the next generation. Ensuring your family does not fall victim to the same fate requires a unique combination of...

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Responsibilities and Obligations of the Executor or Administrator

  • Jun 13 2017

When a person dies with a will in place and no trust, an executor is named as the responsible individual for winding down the decedent’s affairs. In situations in which a will has not been prepared, and there is no trust, the probate court will appoint an administrator. Whether you have been named as an executor or administrator, the role comes with certain responsibilities including taking charge of the decedent’s assets, notifying beneficiaries and...

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Wage Orders Update!

  • May 19 2017

It’s already been a busy year for employers with lots of action from the California Legislature, federal and state agencies, local governments, and our courts.  Wage and hour employment law has received a lot of attention from policy makers, enforcement agencies and the courts. California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) regulates wages and hours of employees with documents called Wage Orders.  There are 17 Wage Orders, each one specific to the industry or occupation...

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Summer is Coming! Preparing for Heat Illness Prevention

  • May 12 2017

Warm weather is on its way, and employers with outdoor places of employment should prepare now to ensure their employees have a safe workplace.  Heat illness is a serious medical condition resulting from the body’s inability to cope with a particular heat load.  Heat illness can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, even death.  Many factors can lead to heat illness, including: Exposure to high air temperature and relative humidity; Exposure...

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New Regulations on Employers’ Use of Criminal History

  • Apr 26 2017

Effective July 1, 2017 California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) issued new regulations on employers’ use of criminal background information in hiring decisions. The new law prohibits employers from using or seeking criminal history information that has an adverse impact on a protected class, unless the information sought is job related.  Further, employers are required to provide written notice to the applicant explaining a decision to not hire based on criminal history....

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