3 Reasons to Convert Your Business into a Limited Liability Company

Many people begin a tech start-up or other small business as a sole proprietorship or simple partnership. But as a business grows, you may begin to wonder whether it is time to think about a more formal business structure, such as a limited liability company or corporation. Here are three questions to consider when deciding whether your business should become a limited liability company [...]

June 19th, 2018|Categories: General|

EB-5 Via Program Extended Through September 2018, But Reform Expected

For foreign nationals with substantial assets, the EB-5 investor visa program can provide one of the quickest paths to United States permanent residency and citizenship. This EB-5 visa--also known as the “golden visa”--is especially attractive to investors who want to give their children the opportunity to be educated and work in the U.S. The program’s current extension through September 2018 is good news, but [...]

June 11th, 2018|Categories: General|

New California Law Defines “National Origin” Employment Discrimination

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires employers to prevent harassment in the workplace and avoid discrimination in employee hiring, promotions, and compensation on the basis of: Ancestry, color, national origin, or race Physical or mental disability, medical condition, or genetic information Sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation Age Marital status Military and/or veteran status The California Department of Fair [...]

June 4th, 2018|Categories: General|

Three Things Employers Should Know About Retirement Savings Plans

When you think about the employee benefits offered by top tech firms, what comes to mind? Free snacks, game rooms, and stock options? In the competition for highly-skilled employees, do you see many job candidates asking about your retirement savings program? It is not uncommon for tech startups to skimp on retirement savings plans, on the assumption that their younger-than-average employees have other priorities. [...]

May 30th, 2018|Categories: General|

An Introduction to Breach of Contract Issues for Business Owners

Most contracts that your business signs will be fulfilled without issue. The weekly cleaning service keeps your office spotless, and you pay them on schedule. You provide technology services to your customers that meet or exceed the specifications defined in your contract, and your customers give you plenty of lead time to implement changes and are never late with a payment. But what happens [...]

May 24th, 2018|Categories: General|

Federal Courts Loaded with Disputes Over Intellectual Property

There are many paths to fame and fortune for Silicon Valley startups, and so too there are many paths to an intellectual property infringement lawsuit. The very diversity of ways that two companies can get into a dispute over IP is noteworthy in itself. The following cases can serve as fair warning to business owners who may come in contact with a competitor’s IP [...]

May 17th, 2018|Categories: General|

Is Your Valuable Intellectual Property Sufficiently Protected?

You may think your business’s primary assets are your building, the computer equipment you own, or perhaps a vehicle fleet. And you surely have insurance on those assets. But what about your intellectual property assets? Are you giving them due consideration and protection? What Counts as Intellectual Property? When you think of intellectual property (IP), what comes to mind first? For most people, they think [...]

May 10th, 2018|Categories: General|

An Introduction to California Minimum Wage Laws for Business Owners

California provides its workers a thicker blanket of legal protections than most other states, particularly when it comes to that number-one employee priority: the paycheck. Business owners operating in Silicon Valley must stay up-to-date on both state and local wage and hour laws in order to avoid employee pay disputes. Such disputes can take the form of a wage claim filed with the state [...]

April 30th, 2018|Categories: General|

California Demands Employers Do More to Prevent Workplace Violence

Have you ever wished that you could skip work because you were worried about what might happen that day? Maybe you were anxious about having to give an employee a poor performance review or worried about being laid off yourself. But have you ever been afraid of being killed or injured by someone you encounter at your workplace? This is not just an issue [...]

April 18th, 2018|Categories: General|

Should California Employers Sponsor Employees for Work Visas?

Suppose you are trying to hire for a position that requires a very specific skill set, and you find a candidate who is perfect in all respects but one: they are not authorized to work in the U.S. Does it make sense to sponsor that person for an H1-B or other type of work visa? Here are three questions you should ask before making [...]

April 12th, 2018|Categories: General|