Working Without A Contractor’s License Can Very Risky And Expensive

Under California Contractor’s State License Law enumerated in Business and Professions Code Sections 7000 to 7191, a contractor may not “bring or maintain” any action for compensation for performing any act or contract for which a license is required unless the contractor  was duly licensed “at all times” during performance.  Bus & Prof Code Section 7031(a). The License Law...

Are you being sexually harassed at work?

Startling surveys show that one in four women are sexually harassed in the workplace. Numerous unlawful acts go unreported due to the fear of the repercussions for speaking out, including possibly losing a job, fear of personal safety, or being isolated within the work environment.  Serious physical and mental anguish can arise from being subjected to continuing sexual harassment while at work...

California Legalizes Marijuana Use, But Employers Can Still Keep Workplaces Drug Free

With the election over, there are a few new laws that could affect your business. Check out this article by Erika Frank from Cal Chamber to get an understanding of how the new laws on marijuana won’t affect your business. California joined several other states in legalizing recreational use of marijuana by adults. Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, legalized the...

Concepts every business owner should know

Most entrepreneurs or small businesses don’t have a team of lawyers following them around to help make every decision. Just as entrepreneurs need to know the basics of accounting and marketing, they also need to understand the basics of business law to avoid the potential liability and costs that follow costly litigation. As a lawyer and business owner I have experienced the struggles of...

How an Attorney can save your business Money

How An Attorney Can Save Small Businesses Money. California small business owners are usually conscientious about the cost, at least the ones that desire to remain in business. Overhead is the killer of great ideas. Overhead consists of the cost of their necessary materials they need to manufacture their products or render their services, the cost of hiring and retaining qualified employees, and...

Does your business need an employee handbook?

Does your company or business need an employee handbook? I bet the answer is....yes. Most companies have employee handbooks, but are they necessary? There are definite advantages to having a handbook, such as promoting equal and standardized treatment of all employees. Once rules and procedures are written down, it makes training new employees a breeze. Below are some suggestions for handbooks...

Choosing a business entity

CHOOSING A BUSINESS ENTITY Choosing a Business Entity 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...

FTC filed a complaint against 1-800 contacts

The FTC filed an administrative complaint charging that 1-800 Contacts, the largest online retailer of contact lenses in the United States, unlawfully orchestrated a web of anticompetitive agreements with rival online contact lens sellers that suppress competition in certain online search advertising auctions and that restrict truthful and non-misleading internet advertising to consumers....

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 election to, from...