Category Archives: Business Law

Paying and Collecting Sales Tax as a Small Business

While the collection of sales tax seems simple in principle, it has become a complex and divisive area of concern for many businesses today. Many states have taken up legislation to require online retailers to pay sales tax in their states whether or not there is an established nexus with the state, and the retailers,

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Safety Self Audits and the Restaurant Industry

As anyone involved in the restaurant industry already knows, restaurants are some of the most heavily regulated businesses in the country. From licensing requirements to health inspections, there is a constant litany of authorities checking up on food service operations. Of course, most restaurant owners find this an onerous burden and an interference with day-to-day

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Why a Website is Necessary for Success in Business

In this day and age of constant connectivity, the website that a business creates can be the difference between driving traffic and driving traffic away. This is true whether there is an e-commerce component to your business or not. For the purposes of this article, we will divide businesses into two categories — those who

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How Shadowing can Help Business Owners Hire the Right Employee

In the current economic climate, every business owner and hiring manager knows how difficult it can be to recruit new employees and keep them. California reported an unemployment rate of 4.1% for the month of November, the most recent month for which statistics have been published. Such a small candidate pool makes it difficult to

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Should Your New Home Food Business Register as an LLC?

As of January 1, 2019, California law now allows so-called “cottage” food businesses to sell almost any kind of food to the public. Many of you are cheering and getting ready to get out and do what you love – cook and sell food. If you find yourself in this situation, then congratulations! However, there

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Pros and Cons of Forming a Business With Family Members

Business ideas between family members form frequently and easily, as sometimes those are the people we spend the most time with and bounce ideas around with the most. However, it is not always the best idea to go into business with your family members. Make sure you carefully evaluate the following pros and cons to

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Mergers and Acquisitions Now Common Business Practice

It seems like every day in the news we hear of a big merger or acquisition. One large company consumes another big company and becomes the big fish in the pond. Recently, Amazon bought Whole Foods, and CVS acquired Aetna. While the larger companies make the headlines, there are several mid-size and smaller companies that

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The Impact of the Gig Economy

A large portion of the U.S. economy relies on independent contractors or freelancers. The reliance on these is growing every day. By 2020, about 43% of the U.S. workforce will include freelancers. So, independent contractors are not going away anytime soon. They play a major role in today’s “gig economy.” The gig economy is a

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Risks in Employee Onboarding

Proper employee onboarding is essential to the success of your business. It helps new employees better understand the mission and culture of your company. A successful employee onboarding experience can boost employee morale, confidence, retention, and productivity, which can improve your bottom line. However, a disorganized and confusing employee onboarding experience can cause legal problems

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Business Entity Names, Domain Names, and Trademarks

New entrepreneurs and business owners are excited about starting their new business ventures, but often become confused by the differences between the domain names, business entity names, and trademarks of their emerging startups. While all three share similarities, there are differences between them. It is important to understand the differences and how they will impact

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