Pitfalls in Buying a Business

Posted on Posted in California, Updates, Washington

So you’re ready to own your own business, but want to have something a little more established?  Maybe you’ve been running your own business for a while but you’re looking to expand?  Either way, buying a an already-established business can be a good way to get off the ground, or get some more traction.  However, […]

Millennial Women Business Owners

Posted on Posted in California, Updates, Washington

Millennials, particularly Millennial women, are gearing up to be one of the more entrepreneurial and active generations we’ve seen recently.  The interest in becoming an entrepreneur is high, despite an economic climate that has been less than friendly to the young over the last decade or so.  Women are starting to see more benefit in […]

Happy Thanksgiving (or, Do I Have to Provide Holiday Pay?)

Posted on Posted in California, Employment, Washington

The short answer is “no,” there are no special rules for holidays in either California or Washington state.  If an employee works over 40 hours in a week or over 8 hours in a day, then they qualify for overtime pay.  However, if it has been the employer’s practice over several years to provide holiday […]

What to Watch for in 2019 (WA edition)

Posted on Posted in California, Employment, Updates

As usual, Washington was much less busy than California.  However, #MeToo still had an impact in Washington, shown by the number of equal pay and anti-harassment laws passed in 2018. Note that the following only applies to employers and businesses doing business in Washington State. Employment Minimum Wage Updates Remember that the Washington minimum wage […]


Posted on Posted in California, Uncategorized, Washington

Nationwide in 2016, about 139 million people cast votes, or about 60% of the eligible voters in the country.  That did vary across the country: In California, where we pretty much know that the population is going to vote for a Democrat for president, only about 50% to 54% of the eligible population voted.  In […]

CA State and Local Minimum Wage Increases – 2019

Posted on Posted in California, Employment, Updates

For the foreseeable future, the minimum wage in California is going to continue to go up.  Employers should make sure to keep marking their calendars to update their payroll each year if any employees are getting paid minimum wage. As of January 1, 2019, the minimum wage for California employers with 25 employees or less […]

Reverse Veil Piercing

Posted on Posted in California, Entities

What is Reverse Veil Piercing? If you don’t remember what “piercing the corporate veil” means, it’s when a court decides that an individual owner should be responsible for some or all of the liabilities of the company, usually a corporation or LLC.  “Reverse” veil piercing is when a company is made liable for the debts […]

Can I Refuse to Hire an Alleged Sexual Harasser?

Posted on Posted in California, Employment

There are several issues involved in determining whether or not to hire a potential employee who has been accused of sexual harassment: What kind of liability does the new employer have after hiring? What kind of questions are allowed during the interview process? Does the former employer have any liability for revealing/not revealing a potential […]

California Makes Needed Updates to Salary History Ban

Posted on Posted in California, Employment

If you recall from the “What to Watch for in 2018” post, back in October 2017 California banned employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history.  The purpose of the ban was to prevent historical wage disparities from being projected into future employment.  Unfortunately, a few pieces of the law were unclear and needed […]