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If you are a restaurant owner or manager, you know just how challenging managing your employees can be.  There seem to be over a million laws to follow on top of hiring workers that may be with you for 2 year or a mere 2 days. In large part, restaurants and bars are easy targets for...
Lessons from Cuba #2: Reinvent, Reinvent, Reinvent! Do it just like Cuba! We’ve all heard about the classic cars in Cuba and taking a picture in front of a classic car is on nearly everybody’s bucket list.  But, have you ever thought about why these classic cars as so popular across the tiny island? Without the...
Lessons from Cuba #1: Values are More Important Than Money I just touched down after my second visit to the beautiful country of Cuba. I first went to Cuba 10 years ago through a study abroad program and quickly fell in love. After 10 years I can say without a doubt that no love has been...
Welcome to the very first episode of Ask Asha! The Business and Legal Podcast for Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners.  I am excited to talk to you about your business ideas and legal concerns and I cannot wait to share our tricks of the trade with you. If you have questions or topics you want...
Hiring your first employee is a big milestone, but also comes with a lot of responsibilities. For starters, as an employer you are responsible for payroll taxes, carrying workers’ compensation insurance, and providing paid sick leave in California. Follow these 5 steps to get the process started right. 1. Create a Clear Job Description A...
Have you been running your business as a sole proprietor? Is it time to form an LLC or a Corporation? If you meet any of these benchmarks, you should definitely consider making a switch. You’re running a business! In my humble opinion, anybody starting a business should start from the beginning with a Limited Liability...
The answer to this question is an emphatic YES! You need to figure out whether your business fits better in the structure of a Corporation (for-profit or nonprofit) or a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and then operate within that structure. Here are 3 major benefits you get from creating a Corporation or LLC: Owners are...
I get questions all the time from employers and employees asking about workplace privacy issues. The employees want absolute privacy, and the employers say, “yeah, right!” What it comes down to is how carefully the privacy policies in the employment handbook are crafted. An employee’s reasonable expectation of privacy is directly tied to the expectation...
Now that you’ve decided it’s time to hire new employees, how do you go about interviewing potential candidates? With so many laws defining acceptable hiring practices, it can be confusing to know which questions are permissible and which questions are unlawful. Before you get started, check out Three Tips for Hiring Employees in the New...
Hiring new employees in any business can be a challenge, but hiring employees for the very first time can be especially challenging. Finding the right fit culturally and professionally requires some forethought by the employer to determine what personality and skills will actually be a good fit and benefit the organization. Take the following suggestions...