July 11, 2018

TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT OF 2017 / REVIEW OF CURRENT ESTATE PLAN

TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT OF 2017 / REVIEW OF CURRENT ESTATE PLAN

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017 (the "New Tax Law"), may have an impact on your current estate plan.  Now is a good time for a review of your old estate plan, if you haven't done one recently. Some of the many changes created by the New Tax Law could hurt or be beneficial to your estate plan. Yet every plan is different and the only way to know is to consider a review to determine if you want to make any changes.

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May 22, 2018

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT ALLOWS EMPLOYERS TO REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO WAIVE CLASS ACTION CLAIMS

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT ALLOWS EMPLOYERS TO REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO WAIVE CLASS ACTION CLAIMS

Class action lawsuits are one of the greatest threats employers face in today’s business landscape.  The potential liability in class actions often threatens a company’s survival, because they exponentially increase monetary damage exposure.

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May 4, 2018

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR CLASSIFICATION SEVERELY LIMITED BY CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR CLASSIFICATION SEVERELY LIMITED BY CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

The California Supreme Court dealt a severe blow to businesses, restricting the manner in which workers may be classified as independent contractors.  On April 30, 2018, the Court issued a decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court which significantly limits the ability to classify workers as independent contractors.

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March 13, 2018

California Supreme Court Ruling on Calculating Flat Sum Bonuses in Overtime Pay is Retroactive

California Supreme Court Ruling on Calculating Flat Sum Bonuses in Overtime Pay is Retroactive

March 2018

Most California employers are already aware that when they calculate an employee’s overtime rate, the employer must include all forms of pay made to the employee.  Recently, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion clarifying how the overtime rate must be calculated when an employee is paid a flat sum bonus in a single pay period, when that flat sum bonus is not tied to an incentive for each hour the employee works.

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October 26, 2017

New California Law Prohibits Employers from Inquiring About Salary History

New California Law Prohibits Employers from Inquiring About Salary History

Governor Jerry Brown recently approved AB168, which will prohibit California employers from asking job applicants about their prior salary history and benefits. 

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