Labor & Employment

For California business owners, understanding the implications and requirements of the Unruh Civil Rights Act (Unruh Act) is critically important. It provides protection for people and requires businesses to treat all individuals equally. Violations of the Unruh Act can have significant consequences for businesses. Equality and...

Deferring compensation is commonly used to avoid paying taxes on compensation immediately. But, under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), deferring compensation can sometimes cause additional taxation. As a result, individuals and businesses considering deferring compensation should understand the scenarios that may trigger this tax. Deferred Compensation Deferred...

Regardless of the size of the company, the development of an employee handbook is a critical component of any business. Employee handbooks describe the policies, procedures, and expectations of the company. By setting these parameters, businesses can run more efficiently and effectively. Further, clearly communicated...

On July 1, 2015, California employers of all sizes will be required to provide paid sick leave benefits to their employees under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522). Employers should carefully review any sick leave or paid time off policies, as...

Quite often, employers use items like employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), 401k plans, or stock option plans to provide incentives and benefits to employees. However, under certain circumstances, it may be desirable or necessary to use alternate forms of equity compensation. In these situations, companies...

Trade secrets are a crucial component of many businesses. In order to continue to enjoy the benefits of those trade secrets, it is critical that they are protected from disclosure to the public or your competitors. Through the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), businesses are...

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced significant change throughout the United States. One area of change relates to S-corporations and how these corporations provide health insurance to employees. Further, not only did the law change, it also became ambiguous in some areas. Because of the...

Many large employers, particularly technology companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, provide free or subsidized meals to their employees. Reports suggest that the IRS is taking a closer look at the tax treatment of these meals in its audits and additional guidance is expected...

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