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The Necessity of Revising (or Creating) Sexual Harassment Policies

Over the course of the past few months, sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood, mainstream media, national politics, college and professional sports, and other high-profile areas have become hard-to-avoid front page stories.  The #MeToo campaign has also quickly picked up steam, with women (and men) of all backgrounds and all professions sharing their...

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What is a UCC-1 Financing Statement and Why Should I File One?

The Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”) is a set of laws governing commercial transactions, such as the sale of goods, secured transactions, and negotiable instruments.  For the purposes of this article, we are focusing on secured transactions under Article 9 of the UCC.  Broadly, a “secured transaction” occurs whenever a party gives an...

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Under a New Law, Employers Can No Longer Ask an Applicant for Salary History

A bill which takes effect January 1, 2018 will prohibit California employers from asking prospective workers about their salary history.  The bill, AB 168, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on October 12th and, according to proponents, will help close the gender wage gap.  For those following the legislative trend, AB 168 is no real surprise.  Two years ago,...

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Will Your Electronic Signature Hold Up In Court?

A frequent question we get asked is whether electronic signatures are binding.  Electronic signatures are those signatures executed through a signature service company, such as DocuSign, Adobe, or a company’s internal system.  For the purposes of this article, electronic signatures do not include those signatures whereby the signer actually signs a...

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Several months ago, we posted an article titled: Failure to File a Statement of Information or Pay California’s Franchise Tax May Result in the Loss of Your Company’s Name, discussing the importance of complying with the California Secretary of State and California Franchise Tax Board’s (“FTB”) requirements to ensure your...

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