Be Careful When Hiring Unpaid Interns

You may have heard the news recently that another employer has been ordered to pay back wages to people it had classified as interns (and therefore not paid). Fenox Venture Capital had to pay over $330,000 in back wages, but this is just the latest in a long series of claims against employers who hire interns and don’t […]

Four New California Employment Laws for 2016… and One that Isn’t

If your business has employees, it’s important to keep up to date on the constantly changing laws that affect the employer-employee relationship.  Below are just a few of the many changes for employers starting on January 1, 2016.  (New laws are usually identified by which legislative chamber they originate in: AB stands for Assembly Bill; […]

“Boilerplate” Language: Last in the Series

The last couple of months we discussed two key “boilerplate” provisions often found in business contracts: the attorney fee clause and the arbitration clause.  I’d like to close our discussion of boilerplate with a brief overview of some of the other items you may see. Choice of Law: Some contracts contain a provision stating which […]

“Boilerplate” Language: Attorney Fee Clauses

Most business contracts feature some “boilerplate” clauses covering a number of items that may seem incidental to the main thrust of the agreement.  Many people are tempted to skim past this language or ignore it entirely, assuming it is “just standard,” but these clauses can sometimes make an enormous difference. This month, I would like […]

New Paid Sick Leave Requirements for California Employers

How the New Requirements Work. Starting July 1, 2015, any employee who works at least 30 hours in a year and satisfies a 90-day employment period qualifies for paid sick leave. Sick time starts accruing on the first day of employment (or July 1, 2015 for current employees), but can’t be used until the 90-day […]

Should You Go It Alone or Hire A San Francisco Peninsula Business Lawyer?

Businesses in the San Francisco Peninsula area will almost always benefit from the services of a business lawyer.  While a business owner can certainly fill a whole lot of roles, that of attorney is often one of the trickiest.  It’s not just a matter of specialized knowledge, either, but the fact that contracts, agreements, and […]

Who Really Needs a Business Lawyer in Menlo Park?

Nearly every business in the San Francisco Peninsula can and should use the services of a good business lawyer. This means large and small businesses alike.


Tip No. 3: UTILIZE ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION Business transactions are no longer done on a handshake.  The business world is complex, and the more complex transactions become, the more potential exists for litigation to ensue.  The cost of litigation is so high that one small lawsuit can virtually bankrupt a business.  While business owners are […]

Eight Ways For Business Owners To Avoid Litigation- Establish Employment Policies

This article is the second in a series dedicated to showing business owners how to avoid litigation. Read part one here. Business transactions are no longer done a handshake.  The business world is complex, and the more complex transactions become, the more potential exists for litigation to ensue.  The cost of litigation is so high […]

Surviving Small Claims Court In California

California small claims courts are designed to resolve disputes quickly and inexpensively.  Without attorneys involved, the cost of pursuing a claim becomes more manageable. The following will help you effectively use the small claims court system. When can you file a claim? If you have a “small claim” ($5,000 for companies and $10,000 for individuals) […]

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