California Paid Sick Leave Law FAQs and Tips for Small Business Employers

Starting July 1, 2015, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA) will require all California employers to offer sick pay to nearly every category of employee. If you run a small business in California and are not sure of your obligations, please read below.       ► Overview […]

Trade Secrets 101: Protecting Your Company’s Most Valuable Assets from Walking Out the Door

Practical Steps in Protecting Valuable Trade Secrets
from Unauthorized Disclosure and Access

noncompeteTrade secrets are one of the most valuable elements of the business, and can wreak havoc if permitted to fall into the wrong hands, or worse, allowed to walk out the door. […]

Top Legal Issues and Deal-Making Tips for Negotiating an Artist-Management Agreement for Musicians, Singers, Songwriters, Music Bands, Groups, and Recording Artists


Let’s face it – the music industry is one of the hardest to break into. Each year, thousands of musicians, songwriters, singers, bands, and recording artists make the decision to try to take their passion and talent beyond a hobby and turn music into […]

Can a Business Play Spotify or Pandora at Work? Is it Legal?

spotifyCan a business playing Spotify or Pandora at work get into trouble? Or is it legal? It seems like having music in the background of your business is essential, especially a customer focused business like a coffee shop or clothing store. It’s more […]

How Should a California Business Accomodate LGBT and Transgender Employees in the Workplace

rainbowsfLGBT and transgender rights have made the headlines several times this summer, causing many businessowners to evaluate whether changes need to be made to ensure they are accommodating LGBT and transgender employees in the workplace properly.  Transgender employees can include transsexuals, cross-dressing employees, and […]

Hiring Unpaid Interns: Is it Legal?

Whether it is the New Yorker, W Magazine, NBC, Fox Searchlight Films and “Black Swan,” or even Sean “Diddy” Combs, these days many employers now face lawsuits by former unpaid interns, asserting that their unpaid internships were unlawful and in violation of the Federal Labor Standards Act and California Law.  Even […]

Overview of Intellectual Property Protections for Business Products & Services

compWhen it comes to intellectual property, businesses can have a blind spot: protecting their most valuable assets through intellectual property protections.

Unfortunately, many businesses realize the problem of leaving their assets uncovered when a competitor starts using a name, product, or packaging very […]

Easy Document Retention Guidelines for California Businesses

filesThe Internet is full of sample schedules, policies, and guidelines for document retention. The problem is knowing which are accurate, out-of-date, and most importantly, which comply with California guidelines. Furthermore, because there are so many state and federal laws governing how long […]

International Entrepreneurs: Can a Foreign Non-Citizen be a Founder of a New U.S. Startup?

foreignCalifornia is home to the top two startup ecosystems in the world, Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles metro area.  Each year, thousands of foreign founders, entrepreneurs, and investors look for opportunities to participate in new California startups.

One of the top questions […]

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