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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What to Watch for in 2018 (WA edition)

Posted on Posted in California, Employment, Taxes, Updates

While Washington has fewer changes this year than California, there are still some significant issues that businesses owners will want to watch out for in the coming year.  In addition, changes to tax policy and the updates to the audit rules for LLCs and partnerships are nation-wide (see bottom for tax updates.) Note that the […]

What to Watch for in 2018 (CA edition)

Posted on Posted in California, Employment, Taxes, Updates

2017 was a busy year for the California legislature!  Not only do business owners need to make sure they are in compliance with the automatic minimum wage updates, there are a variety of new statutes to follow as well.  Below is a roundup of the big changes taking place effective January 1, 2018.  In general, […]