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1105, 2017

Accessory Dwelling Units

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Homepage, News, The Advisor|Comments Off on Accessory Dwelling Units

If you are a homeowner, chances are you have heard about the recent change in California law regarding Accessory Dwelling Units.  Housing production in California has not kept up with demand for many years.  This housing shortage has led the state to adopt housing policies to encourage infill development to increase California’s housing stock. The last legislative session resulted in three separate bills amending Government Code Section 65852.150.  Effective January 1, 2017, local laws regarding Secondary Dwelling Units were superseded.   State law now mandates that local jurisdictions ease restrictions and barriers to the permitting and use of what are now [...]

1204, 2017

Does a Corporation Protect Your Personal Assets in Litigation?

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: News, The Advisor|Comments Off on Does a Corporation Protect Your Personal Assets in Litigation?

One of the most common reasons to set up a new business entity is the protection of personal assets that a properly run corporation provides.  Ordinarily, a corporation is regarded as its own legal entity, separate and distinct from its shareholders, officers and directors, with separate and distinct liabilities and obligations.  However, if you are not careful about how you run your business, procedures used in litigation can expose your personal assets – we call this “piercing the corporate veil.”  Using this process, a creditor can try to set aside corporate protections.  To do so, they need to show that [...]

1302, 2017

With the New Year Comes California’s New Laws for Employers

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: News, The Advisor|Comments Off on With the New Year Comes California’s New Laws for Employers

Every January, employers must become familiar with new employment laws that have been passed at the state and local level. Below is a brief summary of some of the most relevant, in my opinion. Should you have questions about any of these new requirements, please contact any member of our Labor and Employment Practice Group for guidance. Good luck in 2017! Minimum Wage: By 2022, California's mandatory minimum hourly wage will be $15 for businesses with more than 25 employees. To get there, starting Jan. 1, 2017, minimum hourly pay rose from $10 to $10.50. There is no state-mandated increase [...]

1101, 2017

FIVE TIPS FOR A GREAT START TO 2017

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: News, The Advisor|Comments Off on FIVE TIPS FOR A GREAT START TO 2017

January 2017 There is no shortage of helpful year-end advice for small business owners.  Yet, for many of my clients, December is already too busy with holidays and vacations to focus on the legal needs of their business.  With the busy holiday season behind us, the new year presents a wonderful opportunity to review those areas of your business that might need some legal attention. Here are five legal areas I recommend my small business owner clients give attention to in order to start the year off right.   Think about how you classify your workers. How you classify your [...]

1312, 2016

ADR to the Rescue

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: News, The Advisor, The Advisor Video|Comments Off on ADR to the Rescue

“ADR” is the acronym for Alternative Dispute Resolution -- usually mediation and/or binding arbitration as a means of resolving legal disputes.  BFAS has been promoting ADR instead of litigation, especially in the employment law arena, for years. Now, however, we are convinced that ADR has become an essential ingredient of any well-run business.  I can briefly explain why with two words – litigation avoidance.  Any employer that has suffered through even one employment-related lawsuit understands. The legal expense necessary to defend, the business interruption to both your operations and personnel, and the one-sided attorney fee shifting process can combine to [...]

1212, 2016

ADR to the Rescue

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: News, The Advisor|Comments Off on ADR to the Rescue

December 2016  “ADR” is the acronym for Alternative Dispute Resolution -- usually mediation and/or binding arbitration as a means of resolving legal disputes.  BFAS has been promoting ADR instead of litigation, especially in the employment law arena, for years. Now, however, we are convinced that ADR has become an essential ingredient of any well-run business.  I can briefly explain why with two words – litigation avoidance.  Any employer that has suffered through even one employment-related lawsuit understands. The legal expense necessary to defend, the business interruption to both your operations and personnel, and the one-sided attorney fee shifting process can [...]