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 […]

VOTE!

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 […]

Independent Contractors – Part III: State Tests

Posted on Posted in California, Employment, Washington

This post is meant to give some background information on how various government agencies determine whether a particular worker is an independent contractor or an employee.  There is currently a lot of litigation surrounding this question, particularly in California, and there are a lot of details that just cannot be captured in a short blog […]

Independent Contractors – Part II: Federal Tests

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in California, Employment, Washington

This post is meant to give some background information on how various government agencies determine whether a particular worker is an independent contractor or an employee.  There is currently a lot of litigation surrounding this question, particularly in California, and there are a lot of details that just cannot be captured in a short blog […]

Independent Contractors – Part I: Introduction

Posted on Posted in California, Employment, Washington

  Determining whether your worker is an independent contractor or an employee can be a delicate balancing act.  Several companies, including famously Uber, Lyft, and GrubHub have been in court recently to argue that their workers were in fact independent contractors, and not employees. There are a multitude of tests used at the federal and […]

Basic Pay Stub Compliance

Posted on Posted in California, Employment, Washington

In both California and Washington, employers must provide employees with certain information about the employee’s pay.  In general, these are pretty straightforward, but that’s no reason to get lax about making sure each statement is in compliance. California In California, a pay stub must be made available to the employee at the same time as […]

What’s a salary and how do I get one?

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There can be a lot of confusion about what a salary is, and what it means.  Sometimes, employers and employees will use “salaried” work as a status symbol, so that those workers on salary are marked out as somehow more important than hourly workers.  Occasionally, both employers and employees will want to be on salary […]