San Jose Intellectual Property Firm Explains Assigning Rights to Employee Inventions

Employees frequently steal their employers’ ideas that are acquired while on the job. They then turn around and call them original and claim that these ideas were developed outside of working hours. Employers frequently come to the attorneys here at SAC asking what they can do to inoculate themselves from this sort of intellectual thievery—can employers demand that employees sign over any patents created while [...]

April 15th, 2019|Categories: General|

San Jose Immigration Law Firm Explains Upcoming Changes to the H1-B Visa Process

If you are an employer that relies on recruiting foreign talent, you should be aware that this past December the U.S. Department of Homeland Security unveiled new rules for the H1-B visa process. These rules are not final and have just gone through a very brief 30-day comment period, but if approved they will make significant changes to how Silicon Valley firms are allowed to [...]

April 15th, 2019|Categories: General|

Complexities of the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act

As baby-boomers retire, Gen X managers take the reins of many companies, and millennials are hired each day, questions often arise regarding age discrimination. It may sound strange that Gen X, the grunge-rock generation of people born between 1961 and 1981, could suffer from age discrimination, but employers should be aware that the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, or OWBPA, covers all employees over [...]

January 30th, 2019|Categories: General|

San Jose Employment Law Firm on Sole and General Proprietorships and Limited Partnerships

One of the core practice areas of SAC Attorneys LLP is business formation. Clients in Silicon Valley often come to SAC Attorneys LLP with a tremendous amount of excitement around the creation of their new business. But while they may be experts in their area of expertise, they often know little more about business formation than the acronyms that the attorneys at SAC Attorneys [...]

December 11th, 2018|Categories: General|

San Jose Business Law Firm Explains: What’s the Difference Between Different Types of Mergers?

Many laypeople talk about “mergers and acquisitions” or “M & A” work as if the two were similar or go hand in hand. In fact, we find that many of the people who throw these terms around actually know very little about mergers and acquisitions and the different strategies and techniques companies use when acquiring other businesses. If you are considering purchasing a company [...]

November 19th, 2018|Categories: General|

San Jose and Silicon Valley Immigration Law Firm Explains How to Survive the Surge in I-9 Audits

Are you regularly auditing your I-9 compliance? If not, you may be in for a rude awakening. ICE, or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has ramped up their I-9 enforcement tremendously under the Trump administration. Arrests are up 400%, and worksite investigations are double what they were in 2017. The cost to companies is extreme, $97.6 million in forfeitures, fines, and restitution with a [...]

November 19th, 2018|Categories: General|

San Jose/Silicon Valley Employment Law Firm Explains the New California Independent Contractor Test

As any business leader today knows, the economy is shifting from a place-based, brick and mortar economy to an office-less “gig economy” populated by independent contractors often only linked to their employer by a phone app. While this shift dramatically changes the workplace dynamic, it also creates some unforeseen pitfalls for employers. The California Supreme Court recently added pitfalls to this complex landscape in [...]

November 16th, 2018|Categories: General|

San Jose/Silicon Valley Law Firm SAC Attorneys Explains Immigration Issues Facing California Firms

Anyone engaged in tech or any other cutting-edge industry is aware that there is incredible competition for employee talent. Much of that talent resides outside of the United States, making that competition an international one. As a result, any company wanting to remain competitive must have an expert understanding of the immigration process if they're going to have any hope of recruiting the talent [...]

November 16th, 2018|Categories: General|

Ensuring Success In a Business Merger

Whether to increase geographic expansion, take advantage of economies of scale, or for any number of other reasons, a business merger can be an important strategy in the growth and success of your company. Taking on such an endeavor includes a number of important legal, financial, personnel, and ethical matters that must be addressed before, during, and after the completion of the merger process. [...]

August 24th, 2018|Categories: General|

UNDERSTANDING CALIFORNIA’S BAN-THE-BOX LAW

Two words that can strike fear into the hearts of business owners are: Discrimination Lawsuit. Why? One reason is that many business owners have little or no insurance coverage to help pay the cost of a discrimination claim from an employee or customer. Another concern is that the quantity and variety of discrimination claims keep growing. California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, for [...]

June 25th, 2018|Categories: General|