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In a recent California court decision – the second of its kind over the past year – a California jury awarded $11 million dollars to an employee who claimed that her employer sexually harassed her. Given the potential for...

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Crowdfunding can be a powerful online tool to raise money for a startup business. However, online crowdfunding is not without its limitations. If you are considering crowdfunding as a fundraising tool for your startup business, there are several legal...

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Recently, the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) has introduced Section 83(i). This new code section allows for certain private companies to begin adopting qualified equity grant plans. These plans would permit restricted stock units (RSU’s) or stock options to be...

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The State of California has recently implemented legislation regarding sexual harassment training in the workplace. Beginning on January 1, 2020, an employer who has at least five employees is required to provide a minimum of two hours of sexual...

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In 2016 the California Legislature passed a new minimum wage law. This law called for incremental increases to minimum wage over several years. The latest change occurred on January 1, 2019, and it is important for all California employers...

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A woman holding a #metoo sign

Is your business compliant with current California sexual harassment law? In the wake of the momentous Me Too and Time’s Up movements, California experienced a sea change in the landscape of its sexual harassment law. The state Legislature enacted...

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How to Split Equity in a Startup

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Dividing up the equity of your startup is one of the more complicated issues you will confront as an entrepreneur. Many clients have a general sense of what they want—50/50 split, 20/80, etc. However, they need to consider many...

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A family trust is an excellent estate planning tool, which can allow you to pass property to beneficiaries after death without the expense or delay of probate court. A family trust can hold title to almost any type of...

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Startups and other small businesses frequently need help tackling novel issues as they grow. As a result, many will hire business advisors to help them with employee management, business planning, and financial projections. They might also need a business...

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The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly changed the way businesses are taxed. Although the tax cut for C Corporations (to 21%) garnered the most attention, small business owners should see big wins, also. Below, we summarize some...

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