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How Employees Should Handle Workplace Harassment, Both Sexual and Bullying

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, June 2009

Harassment in the workplace, whether it be sexual or just plain bullying, is all too common in the workplace, at workplace functions, and after hours if co-workers are mixing and mingling after work. Consequently, both employers and employees would be well advised to learn how to handle such situations. Both employees and employers should be aware that the employer can be held liable for harassment that occurs at work functions like Christmas parties, conferences, lunches, and even after hours if your employees go out for drinks. Practical steps employers should take to prevent and [...]

Tags: harassment, hostile work environment, sexual harassment
Posted In: Employment Law News 

New $3000 Jobs Tax Credit For California Small Businesses That Hire New Full Time Employees.

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, June 2009

Beginning January 1, 2009, California employers with less than 20 employees may be able to take advantage of a $3000 Jobs Tax Credit for each new full time employee hired if the eligibility requirements discussed below are met. The jobs tax credit can be claimed on a 2009 personal or business tax return, and is $3000 for each additional full-time employee hired. An employer will not qualify for the credit unless there is a [...]

Tags: california, california jobs tax credit, jobs tax credit, tax, tax credits
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin  Employment Law News 

2009 Los Angeles City Tax Amnesty Program

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, June 2009

The City of Los Angeles has instituted a tax penalty amnesty program effective May 1. 2009 through July 31, 2009. Under this program, taxpayers can avoid paying accrued penalties which can be as high as 40% for failing to report, or for underreporting, their business taxes. Businesses that have failed to comply will still have to pay the base tax, interest, and applicable fees owed, but will receive an automatic waiver of the usual penalty (which can be as high as 40%).

To qualify for the program, the taxpayer (individual or business entity) must:

  1. File the proper [...]

Tags: la business tax, la city business tax, tax
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin  Employment Law News 

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Employee Retaliation Claims

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, February 2009

On January 29, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., that §704(a) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (the anti-retaliation provision) not only applies to employees who bring a complaint, but also to employees who disclose information regarding inappropriate behavior or illegal conduct in response to questions posed during an employer’s internal investigation. Facts [...]

Tags: retaliation, termination, wrongful
Posted In: Employment Law News 

Avoiding Liability When Downsizing Your Business

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, February 2009

With the economy in a spiral, businesses both large and small are faced with the unpleasant task of implementing layoffs. For large businesses, they must comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act). Most small businesses, while exempt from the WARN Act, are barely staying afloat in a sea of potentially endless liabilities where the mere threat of a wrongful termination claim inches the company ever closer to having to declare bankruptcy. All business facing the potential of layoffs should familiarize themselves with: (1) [...]

Tags: lay offs, termination, warn act
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Employment Law News 

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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.