The Labor Commissioner has New Powers and Don’t E-Verify too Early! What’s New for California Employers in the New Year

by Elizabeth Burnett, Attorney January 1, 2016 will bring in the New Year and along with it, 9 New Laws for California Employers.  Review your policies and handbooks now to ensure compliance with the new laws that 2016 will bring. Labor Commissioner’s New Powers – Enforcing Local Wage and Hour Laws and Judgments against Employers AB 970 expands the enforcement powers […]

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Trademark Rights – Common Law v. USPTO Registration

by Bobby Lutzker, Attorney In the US, there are overlapping systems of trademark rights.  Common law rights arise simply by using your mark in your business.  These rights are limited to the geographic territory in which you operate, and as between you and any competitor using a similar mark, first use in the relevant territory […]

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Co-op Conversion: More than an Exit Strategy

by Sarah Kaplan, Attorney Seeking to sell a business?  Retiring business owners can strengthen their local economies by selling to their workers.  In a worker cooperative, the workers own and manage the business democratically, and share the profits according to how much each one worked.  In a co-op conversion, the retiring owner leaves a legacy […]

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Work with us: Contract Attorney

Position: Contract Attorney We are seeking an experienced Corporate & Securities Attorney with significant experience and a proven track record of success. This position requires the ability to provide legal advice and guidance on a broad range of general corporate and securities issues. Qualifications • Five or more years of in-house and/or law firm experience […]

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The Law Governing Barter Exchanges

I recently attended the annual conference of the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA), which is the trade association for the barter exchange industry. One of the hot topics was the applicability of state and federal money transmitter laws to barter exchanges. What is a Barter Exchange? Barter exchanges act as a clearinghouse for barter transactions […]

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Partnerships between Co-ops and Nonprofits

Guest post by Luis Sierra of California Center for Cooperative Development Nonprofits that are exempt from federal tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) must engage in activities that can be characterized as charitable, educational, or religious.  Nonprofits can give money to needy individuals or to other nonprofits, but not to other kinds of organizations.  […]

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Protecting Against Sexual Harassment Claims in California

By Kim Arnone Even an unsupported claim of sexual harassment can have a devastating impact on cash reserves, morale, and reputation.  While an employer cannot know whether one employee will harass another, the best defense to a sexual harassment claim is being in compliance with the law and taking action when notified of an incident. […]

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What is the difference between a Benefit Corporation and a B Corp?

B Corp B Corps are not statutory business forms.  In fact, any business form can be a B Corp – this is slightly confusing because the name implies you have to be a corporation.  In fact a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, LLP, co-operative, or any other type of business can be a B Corp. The […]

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Do You Know Where Your Legal Fees Sleep?

By John Katovich In a recent New York Times article, The Tyranny of Billable Hours, the veil is lifted on a law firm practice that, even when viewed in the best possible light, exposes the dark side of many law firms’ motives.  In my 15 years as a General Counsel at the Pacific Stock Exchange, Boston […]

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PART TWO: Section 4(2), Unregistered Public Offerings, and Offering Rescission

By Daniel Roberts So, say you own a startup company that’s trying to raise seed funding to create the next great software platform for social change, such as Kiva or Echoing Green. You’ve exhausted all your personal finances, maxed out your credit cards.  You’ve already taken on some investment capital from family and friends—now it’s […]

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