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California Secretary of State Processing Times

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, October 2010

As a result of the state budget crisis and resulting 25% budget cuts which resulted in the closing of many the regional offices, the California Secretary of State business entity filing times have dramatically increased since 2009. While this office for over 10 years has been able to file and/or retrieve a document within 3 days without the payment of any additional fees to the Secretary of State, today hand delivered documents and requests presented to Sacramento have average delays of 6-8 weeks absent the remittance of the $350/$750 expedited filing fee. [...]

Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin 

Hire Act – Tax Breaks For Employers Who Hire New Employees

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, April 2010

On March 18, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act). The HIRE Act provides both immediate and deferred tax benefits to employers who hire certain previously unemployed workers (“qualified employees”).

Who is a Qualified Employer?

As stated above, a qualified employer is any employer, other than a federal or state governmental entity.

Who is a Qualified Employee?

A [...]

Tags: tax credits, tax break, tax decuction
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Employment Law News  Tax Update 

65% COBRA Subsidy Extended Again Through May 31, 2010

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, April 2010

UPDATE 4-15-2010:
65% COBRA subsidy for up to 15 months extended again through May 31, 2010.

In Mid December of 2009, President Obama signed the 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill, which included an extension of the 65% COBRA Subsidy provision originally enacted last February in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("Stimulus [...]

Tags: COBRA subsidy
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin  Employment Law News 

Shortened Statute of Limitations in Employment Agreements Are Void

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, February 2010

On January 28, 2010, the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal held that employers cannot by agreement limit the time period in which an employee can file a lawsuit for wage and hour issues.

In Pellegrino v. Robert Half International, Inc., six former employees sued their temporary staffing company for various Labor Code violations including the [...]

Tags: overtime pay, overtime pay claim
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin  Employment Law News 

Small Claims Court Can Issue Injunctive and Other Equitable Relief

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, February 2010

Prior to the enactment of Assembly Bill 712, California Smalls Claims Courts had jurisdiction over actions seeking certain forms of relief, including money damages up to $7,500 and in such actions the Smalls Claims Court was also permitted to grant equitable relief in the form of rescission, restitution, reformation, and specific performance in lieu of, or in addition to, money damages. Under the new law, the Small Claims Court will be prohibited from issuing injunctive relief (e.g. specific performance) unless [...]

Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Real Estate Reporter 

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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.