Business Attorney,Lawyer
Written by Edward Lai

What to Look Out for to Start a Business in 2017

Starting a new business is never an easy task; there are constant changes in the corporate world that a potential business owner has to look out for. There are numerous laws and regulations for owning and operating a business on not only the federal, state and county level, but in some states at the city level as well.

So what are some of the potential changes that business owners have to look out for in 2017? Let’s take a quick look at the some of the important points:

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Lawyer,Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

Tax Tips for Personal Injury Claims

Tax season is just around the corner and many who have filed and won their personal injury claims will have to report the money they were awarded on their returns. But surprisingly every year more and more of those who have won settlements do not file their taxes properly and end up losing money unnecessarily.

So what should you look for when filing taxes and including your personal injury claim? Not so surprisingly there is a lot of money that can be filed as tax free if done properly.

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Business Attorney
Written by Edward Lai

Employee Fired after Calling Emergency Services

The owner of a now closed beef jerky business is  being sued by the federal government after firing an employee who called 911 after a co-worker severed his thumb.

The owner of Lone Star Western Beef Plant in Fairmont West Virginia, John M. Bachman could face serious charges after the result of a lawsuit the US Labor Department filed against him and his company.

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Business Attorney,Construction
Written by Edward Lai

What Job Searchers Should Look Forward to in 2017

The U.S economy is looking stronger as a new report shows that the unemployment rate has dropped below five percent. With this being said, those seeking jobs will have a lot to look out for when job hunting during the next year. If those looking for a job are left unprepared they could find themselves jobless for longer than expected.

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Construction Defect Family Law
Written by Edward Lai

Mediator Tells States to End the Water Wars

The month-long trail which was to end the high stakes water war between the states of Georgia and Florida ended with a special master telling the two neighboring states to negotiate a settlement.

Special Master Ralph Lancaster reminded both states that there is still a lot to lose, be it for the blooming metropolis of Atlanta or the residents of the small town of Apalachicola, Florida. According to Lancaster the two sides should “settle the blasted thing,” and that either way one side is going to be unhappy with the results. Lancaster even hinted that both sides may not like the outcome of the court mandated mediation.

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Business Attorney,lawyer
Written by Edward Lai

Recordkeeping and Federal Overtime Rules Change

Under a new ruling, which will be effective on December 1, a salaried worker must now make at least $933 per week to be exempt from overtime pay. This amount is a considerable hike from the current minimum of $455 per week.

Employers are now expected to keep up with the new ruling and to coordinate their systems according by the time the new ruling takes effect. Employers should take into account that a system upgrade may be needed to accommodate the increase of non-exempt employees.

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Business Attorney,lawyer , help
Written by Edward Lai

Federal Contractors are Now Required to Allow Paid Sick Leave to Employees

The Department of Labor has finally issued regulations requiring all federal contractors provide paid sick leave to their employees. The regulations, which were implemented on September 29, affect about 1.5 million employees nationwide.

Which employees are affect by the regulations?

All employees who work for a federal contractor under a covered contract are eligible for paid sick leaves. But what does a covered contract mean?

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Business Attorney, Corporate
Written by Edward Lai

Corporate Bosses Take Blame for Employee Criminality

It might sound absurd to some, but a new bill currently being reviewed could allow corporate bosses to take the blame for the criminality of their employees. However there is an argument that this might sound unfair to some and others could argue that the boss may not be fully aware of their employees’ undertakings.

But before anyone cries foul let’s take a look at why the idea that the boss also take blame for employee criminality could actually be good. Normally when an employee commits a criminal act while employed by the company that person would usually take the blame. In fact, it would be very rare that a high level executive who is in charge of said employee would take the blame.

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Attorney,Employment Law
Written by Edward Lai

Drafting a Company Hostile Work Environment Policy

All businesses, regardless of size, should have an official policy regarding the prevention of a hostile work environment. Each hire should be made aware of this policy at the beginning of his or her employment. Moreover, each new employee should also know that there is zero tolerance for any person who does not comply with the company’s hostile work environment policy.

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Employment Law, Attorney
Written by Edward Lai

What are Your Rights as an Employee?

As an employee your job is a major component of your life. It feeds you and your family, it helps you keep clothes on your back and a roof over your head, and provides opportunity for your family.  Even though most of us have a work supervisor, not all the power is in his or her hands. Every employee has a set of rights that must be provided by the employer at all times.

While some of these rights might sound silly or common sense, it is surprising how many employers do not follow the rules regarding these rights as mandated by the government.

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