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California Directs Cities to Allow Second Units (Accessory Dwelling Units, Granny Flats and In-Law Quarters)

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, January 2017

On September 27, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed two separate accessory dwelling unit bills (AB 2299 and SB 1069) into state law. An Accessory Dwelling Unit, commonly referred to as “in law suite” and “granny flat” are additional living spaces on properties zoned as single-family residences that have a separate kitchen, bathroom, and exterior access independent of the primary residence. AB 2299 and SB 1069 makes clear that local city ordinances which do not align with State law shall be “null and void” and [...]

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Out Of State Employers Prohibited From Requiring CA Employees To Bring Claims in Another State

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, January 2017

In September of 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1241, which adds Section 925 to the Labor Code. Labor Code §925 further restricts out of state employers from evading California’s strict employee protection laws.

Effective January 1, 2017, California Labor Code §925 restricts out of state employers ability to require employees who primarily [...]

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New California Bed Bug Disclosures and Rules For Landlords and Tenants

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, January 2017

California Assembly Bill 551, codified in California Civil Code §§1942.5, §1954.1 and §1954.600 et. seq., establishes new disclosure requirements, protocols and duties for rental property owners and tenants relating to bed bugs, and prohibits a landlord from retaliating against a tenant who gives notice of a suspected bed bug infestation.

California Landlords Prohibited from Showing, Leasing, and Renting a Rental Unit if Bed Bugs Known to Exist.

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California Employers Can Continue Rounding an Employee's Time Card to the Nearest 15 Minute Increment

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, June 2016

On May 2, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Corbin v. Time Warner Entertainment-Advance/Newhouse Partnership held that both California law and Federal law permit an employer to round an employees' time card to the nearest 15 minutes (or smaller increment) so long as the employer rounds both up and down. The rounding policy must be neutral and not designed to benefit only the employer.

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California’s overtime pay exemption for commissioned employees (salespeople) Revisited

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, May 2016

California’s overtime pay exemption for commissioned employees (salespeople) is an exemption from overtime pay only. Unlike other exemptions from overtime pay, California employers must still adhere to all of the other requirements in the Industrial Wage Orders, including meal and rest breaks. As of January 1, 2013, employers who pay their employees a commission must also provide their employees with a written contract that sets forth the method by which the commission shall be computed and paid. That said, [...]

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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.