Final FLSA White Collar Exemption Rules Announced

Today the Department of Labor announced the new salary threshold for certain employees to qualify as exempt from minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s White Collar Exemptions. Federal Law Alert – May 18, 2016 Effective December 1, 2016, the new minimum salary level will be $47,476 per year ($913 per week).…

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Advice from Small Business Attorneys about the Best Practices for Unpaid Internships

Hiring interns is a perfectly acceptable way of adding to your workforce. However, it can get a little tricky when you are thinking of not paying the intern. This is a common question and an activity that requires caution. There are a number of criteria that must apply to the job and the intern. Incorporation…

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Should You Hire a Lawyer or Paralegal to Set up Small Business Formation?

Planning to start a small business? If so, you need someone to guide you through the business formation process. Ideally, a competent business attorney is your most reliable source of legal guidance. But there are a number of startup companies in California that hire a paralegal instead of a lawyer, because they think that they…

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How to come badly unstuck with the Department of Labor – Staffing & HR

How to come badly unstuck with the Department of Labor when you think you are doing right by your employees. As a small business owner, well micro business really as we only have 5 employees including the owners, I feel the need to keep on top of rules and regulations. I have always been of…

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Restaurant Owners in Orange County Need to Hire a Specialist Accountant  

Planning to start a restaurant business? Wondering what it takes to succeed in the food industry? Restaurant entrepreneurs in Orange County encounter various issues and challenges in running their company. One of the most difficult tasks is managing the inflow and outflow of money. The most successful restaurant owners are those who hire specialist business…

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Business Law Firms Advice – Fictitious Business Name?

Does a corporation need to file a fictitious business name? In what situation would it be good for a small business corporation to use a fictitious business name? These are a few of the questions that are commonly asked by newly incorporated companies in Orange County. Andy Gale of Incorporation Attorney provides advice on this…

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Buying and or Selling a Business Checklist

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Hi! My name is Andy Gale. I’m a small business attorney. One of the more routine matters that comes up in my practice is dealing with clients who are interested in either buying or selling a business. One of the more common questions that comes up is, “what’s the first step in the process?” In…

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The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act, also known as the California Paid Sick Leave Law

A month from now, on July 1, employees will begin to accrue paid sick leave under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act, also known as the California Paid Sick Leave Law. The new law mandates that employees who work 30 or more days within a year in California be given at least 24 hours of…

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Attorney on Call – Small Business Bank Account Question

  This is a question from a small business owner regarding her corporate finances. We had a telephone call from one of our micro business owners regarding finances with her business. She is enrolled in our Attorney on Call Program. As the questions come up fairly often, I thought I would do a short blog…

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Does a Nurse Need to Form a Professional Corporation or Can They Use an LLC?

As a specialist’s business attorney, Andy Gale often finds himself providing advisory services to other local professionals, such as CPAs and lawyers who specialize in other services. Limited Liability Company or an S Corporation for a Nursing Professional in California?     In this example, Andy received the following question from a local CPA based…

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