Monthly Archives: December 2015

Is the Proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Good for California Businesses?

Released in early November 2015, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement among a dozen nations, including the United States, that establishes new rules for global trade in the Pacific region. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the TPP opens foreign markets to U.S. exports, benefiting U.S. companies and workers.

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Foreign Qualification of Your Business

The first thing one might think when they hear “foreign qualification” is certain requirements or rules that one must do before traveling abroad. In the area of corporate business, foreign qualification means something vastly different. Most states require that in order to transact and conduct business in a state, they must formally incorporate their entity.

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Benefits of Incorporation

The establishment of a small business venture can be intimidating. Who will purchase my products? What will ensure that my product stands out and it unique from the others? How will my service differ from my competitors? Will my profits outweigh my costs? These are all inquiries that a small business owner should take into

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California’s New Fair Pay Act

It is not news that a significant wage gap exists in the U.S. between male and female workers. In 2014, the National Partnership for Women and Families (formerly the Women’s Legal Defense Fund) found that in California, women working full time year-round jobs earn eighty-four cents for every dollar that men earn. The statistics are

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Trade Secrets and How They Work

The refreshing taste of Coca-Cola. KFC’s Secret Recipe of 11 Herbs and Spices. Bush’s Family Recipe of cured bacon, brown sugar, and a delicate blend of spices. The “special” ingredient in McDonald’s Big Mac sauce. The “nooks and crannies” in the surface of Thomas’ Old English Muffins. The unique algorithm utilized in the leading search

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Fictitious and Assumed: What is a “Doing Business as” Name?

There are several important things to consider when forming your own business. There are government documents that must be filed, marketing and advertising that must be done to generate clients, price rates to be set in a way that actual profit is made, and a business name to be chosen. A “doing business as” name

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What Should an At-Will Employment Letter Contain?

We have already considered the idea of at-will employment, or employment in which you and your employee are not bound by a long-term contract. California law presumes that an employment relationship is at-will unless covered by a contract for employment lasting longer than one month. While the terms of a contract may prevent you from

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What is a Federal Employer Identification Number?

In your travels through the business world, you may have come across the acronym FEIN, or perhaps EIN. What is it? Who needs one? A Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN or EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, is a nine-digit number that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses to identify entities and

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California’s New Law Restricts Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Chipotle is doing it. McDonald’s is doing it. Tyson Farms, Perdue, and Wal-Mart are doing it.  What are these companies doing? Trying to curb the controversial use of antibiotics in food animals. Now California has enacted what has been hailed as the nation’s strongest law regulating antibiotic use in animals used for food production. The

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