The Rare Taxpayer Win: California Court of Appeals Rules Passive Investment in California Entity Does Not Constitute “Doing Business” in California

In a rare move in the favor of taxpayers, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a decision determining that passive business owners actually do not need to pay taxes to the California Franchise Board if the business is located out of state. Everyone knows about the California Franchise Tax Board's dreaded $800 minimum annual fee [...]

Top Tax Tips for California Small Businesses

"I don't care about tax savings. I want to pay the IRS more than what I actually owe," said no business owner ever. Let's face it - becoming knowledgeable about tax saving tips and implementing tax minimization strategies can be some of the most important steps to save yourself from feeling as though you are handling [...]

How to Deal with Overly Political Employees

Between all of the protests, marches, twitter debates, and late show sketches, 2017 has thus far been a turbulent time for politics, regardless of your political orientation, party, or viewpoint, or those of colleagues, employees, and coworkers. Most businesses, however, would prefer that office staff focus on work and leave politics at home. But when news is [...]

California Sample Template Rest Break Policy 2018

Free Sample Templates and Downloads for California Small Businesses California Rest Break Policy 2018 Edition *** Updated as of December 1, 2017  California's labor and employment laws are constantly changing, and the rules concerning meal breaks and rest breaks are the subject of significant litigation and lawsuits that make it difficult for employers to comply. [...]

California Employers’ Guide to Rest Break Laws

* * * Updated as of January 1, 2017 * * *  California's Rest Break laws can be difficult for any business to wrap its head around. With California's laws constantly changing and multiple sources of authority all weighing in on what employers must do, it can be easy to get a headache trying to comply. [...]

California On Duty Meal Period Waiver Form 2018 – Download Sample Template

Free Sample Templates and Downloads for California Small Businesses 2018 Edition *** Updated December 1, 2017 An on-duty meal period waiver form will permit your employee to waive the requirement that meal periods take place duty-free, meaning, uninterrupted. There may be times and circumstances where it is not possible for employees to be totally relieved [...]

California Meal Break Waiver Form 2018 – Download Sample Template

Free Sample Templates and Downloads for California Small Businesses 2018 Edition *** Updated December 1, 2017 A meal break waiver form will permit your employee to waive the required 30 minute meal break that companies must provided under California labor laws. It is important to have a written document that you use for an employee's [...]

California Meal Break Laws for Businesses: Overview and FAQs

California's Meal Break laws are some of the most difficult in the country for businesses to successfully implement. To add to the challenge, there are multiple sources of authority that all weigh in on what rules  must be followed, which include the California labor code, Wage Orders issued by the Department of Labor, as well as [...]

New I-9 2017 – Employers Must Start Using New I-9 Starting January 22, 2017

Starting January 22, 2017, employers must begin using a new I-9 form for new employees.  After this date, employers may no longer use the old versions, including the version dated 03/08/2013. The latest revisions to the Form I-9 were approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 25, 2016. The approved I-9 revisions [...]

New California Ruling on Work Break Policies Will Affect Employers Statewide

New California Supreme Court Case Modifies Rest Break Rules for California Employers *** Updated as of February 1, 2017 The California Supreme Court has handed down a ruling on the issue of work break policies that will affect employers statewide. Effective immediately, the Court has ruled that permitting employees to be "on call" or "on [...]

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