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Effective January 1, 2020, Oakland’s Minimum Wage rate will increase to $14.14 from $13.80 per hour. The minimum wage must be paid to employees who perform at least 2 hours of work in a particular workweek within Oakland, including part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees. #SmallBusinesses are you ready? For more information check out the City...
Sometimes the task at hand can feel extremely overwhelming, and if you’re anything like me, being overwhelmed can sometimes lead to paralysis. Fortunately, over the past few years I’ve developed a strategy for moving past paralysis in into action. The first thing to do is to think clearly about your end goal. Once you know...
Choosing between running your business as a sole proprietorship, an LLC, or a corporation can be confusing and there isn’t necessarily a right answer. It really just depends on what your goals are: limiting liability, receiving major investments, making tax payments simple, etc., and then choosing the structure that best meets your needs. So, let’s...
The holiday season is upon us again. The holidays are not only a time for families to come together, but people love to celebrate in the workplace as well. Since many holidays are religious-based, it’s important to know what your employee’s rights are when it comes to celebrating at work. Employer Responsibilities During the Holidays:...
Yes, there are differences between employment agreements and contracts and it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into with either one. The main difference between the two is that employment agreements reflect an at-will employment relationship; meaning the employer can fire the worker for any reason or no reason at all, as long as...
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...
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...