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Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can… Read More »

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Poster Requirement

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

During these difficult times, keeping up with the ever-changing legal landscape can be challenging. Here’s a friendly reminder to employers that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires all employers covered by the Act to post a notice about the FFCRA for all employees in a conspicuous place on their premises. An FFCRA… Read More »

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Worker Status: Employees and Independent Contractors

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

The most widely reported legislation passed in 2019 was Assembly Bill 5, which was effective January 1, 2020 and codified new standards to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. AB 5 incorporated the “ABC Test” introduced in 2018 by the California Supreme Court in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v…. Read More »

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Minimum Wage Increase

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

California continues to implement its stair-step minimum wage increases. Effective January 1, 2020, the statewide minimum wage for employers with 25 or fewer employees increased to $12.00 per hour, and employers with 26 or more employees must pay at least $13.00 per hour. This increase also affects the minimum salary requirements for exempt employees…. Read More »

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Employer Support for COVID-19 – Remote Work Policies

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

To our clients and other employers dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, please be encouraged – we will get through these tough times! To help you facilitate having employees work remotely, with access to your Company’s proprietary and confidential information, I’ve drafted a sample “Remote Work and Access Policy” and an accompanying Authorization Form related… Read More »

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Last Chance to Require Arbitration Agreement Before New Law is Effective.

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Assembly Bill 51, signed into law by Governor Newsom on October 10, 2019, prohibits employers from requiring new or existing employees to sign agreements mandating arbitration of claims brought under the California Labor Code or the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). In the past, virtually all employment arbitration agreements were designed and… Read More »

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Welcome To Our Blog

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

We established this blog to share stories and information about topics relevant to our practice. Our intent is to regularly provide posts highlighting legal issues of local, state and national interest that we think you will find interesting. Check back later for updates.

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2019 Labor and Employment Law Updates

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

To all California Employers and Employees – Please note all of these new California employment laws, effective January 1, 2019, which affect your workplace: 1. Reminder: Minimum Wage Increase Most of you are aware of the increase to the minimum wage, but employers should also be sure the salaries of their exempt “executive,” “administrative,”… Read More »

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Misclassifying Independent Contractors? It’s “Easy as A-B-C!”

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

By: Karen J. Sloat, Esq. Community Associations are truly amazing entities. They are charged with representing a very diverse group of persons with different ideas about what should occur; they must be fair and non-arbitrary to all and make excellent management decisions to protect the Reserve account; and they often do not have the… Read More »

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January 2018 Labor & Employment Law Update

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Cheers to a happy and prosperous New Year! California is celebrating the new year by uncorking many new laws that affect business owners and their employees. In this alert, we briefly highlight several new laws that affect you or your business, and require immediate action. Since Marijuana is legal in CA, how can I… Read More »

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