Business Owners: Protecting Yourself from Third Party Harassment

Sexual harassment is a serious problem in today’s workforce. However, not all sexual harassment occurs within a company. Third parties can also create a hostile work environment by harassing employees. Many employers may be surprised to know that they can be held liable for sexual harassment committed by third parties. These third parties could include vendors, clients, customers, delivery drivers, or even Read More

A Brief Introduction to CAL-COBRA

The vast majority of employees will receive medical coverage through their employer. Employers are often required to provide group health coverage, but this coverage only applies to current employees. Federal and state law has developed a means to help employees retain health coverage after they have discontinued employment. COBRA stands for “Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.” It provides Read More

Employment Law 101: A Guide to California’s Protected Classes

Workplace discrimination comes in many forms. There is disparate treatment, which is when an employer actively singles out employees because of a protected characteristic (e.g. only laying off women) and disparate impact, which is when company policies discriminate against a protected class, such as a strict attendance policy that prevents women from acquiring senior positions when they take time off for pregnancy. Read More

What California Business Owners Need to Know About Verbal Contracts

Verbal agreements are not a mainstay in modern business environments. Although enforceable in California and subject to different enforcement issues than written contracts, they are subject to significant limitations that make their efficacy questionable. First, verbal agreements are enforceable only to extent that all parties to the agreement can prove its terms. Without anything being confirmed in writing, you Read More

Cashing In: What to Do Once You’ve Decided to Sell Your Business

Anyone who owns a business (or even a partial share in one) will reach a point when it’s time to get out. Sometimes that means passing it along to the next generation, while other times it just means selling out to the highest bidder as fast as you can. But, whatever your reasons are, you’ll want to understand your rights and responsibilities, so you can make informed decisions about what to do. And of course you’ll Read More

What to Do When Your Employee Gets Injured on the Job

There’s one call every employer hopes they never receive; one of your employees has been injured on the job. If your business involves traditionally dangerous work, you may not be surprised to get this call, but workplace injuries, even severe ones, can happen at literally any company that employs people, in any line of work. In fact, one of the most common causes of a workplace injury is a simple fall, something Read More

No Trademark Left Behind: Understanding Abandonment

Have you been keeping track of your trademark? While it may seem like a low-maintenance form of intellectual property, the rights to your trademark can expire if you don't monitor its use. When you stop using your mark for three or more years without intending to use it again, it becomes an abandoned trademark under United States law. As the owner, in other words, you relinquish your rights to the trademark when you Read More

The C-Corp: Understanding the Advantages and Disadvantages

If you're thinking about new strategies to propel your company forward or legally protect your growing business, you might have considered incorporation. A corporation differs from an unincorporated small business in many ways—perhaps most notably, it exists perpetually as its own entity, offering a certain degree of liability protection for owners, or shareholders. If you want to feel confident about your next Read More

3 Harmful Myths & Misconceptions About General Counsel Services

Without truly understanding the benefits of having general counsel, you might be under the impression that you don’t need it. This could end up costing you and adding unnecessary frustration for you if you do face a legal issue. Having general counsel at the ready for when issues emerge makes your life and running your business much easier. Read on to learn more about some of the most common myths about using general Read More

To Sue or Not to Sue: 4 Things to Consider Before Pursuing a Business Lawsuit

When a relationship falls apart or there has been a breach of contract, it’s tempting to want to identify legal remedies immediately. This is what might lead you to consider litigation. Before you commit to that, though, you need to think carefully about both the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing a lawsuit. Simply put, litigation is not always the best solution. Can I Win This Case? Without speaking to Read More