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California and the City of Los Angeles' Local City Minimum Wage for 2017

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

As everyone in California by now knows, both the State of California and many local cities are in the process of increasing the minimum wage. As more and more cities individually enact and revise their own local living minimum wage, it is becoming harder and harder for small businesses to keep up. Consequently, I have put together this post along with links to the various local city ordinances to set forth the new minimum wage for 2017 both in the State of California and in the City of Los Angeles, Malibu, Pasadena and Santa Monica.

California State Minimum Wage. Beginning [...]

Posted In: Employment Law News 

California Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) Cases Will Now Be Sealed.

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

Under the present law, if a landlord files an unlawful detainer (eviction) action against a tenant, the record of said action is masked (sealed) for a period of 60 days, at which time the record becomes public and is available to credit agencies, landlord registries, and screening companies [...]

Tags: California eviction, los angeles tenant eviction
Posted In: Real Estate Reporter 

Commercial Properties - CASp Inspections - Good Idea or Not?

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

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2093, effective January 1, 2017, in an effort to curb the number of disability related lawsuits. California Civil Code §1938 requires the owner of commercial property in the state of California to disclose statutory specific language in every lease, or rental agreement, executed after January 1, 2017 if the commercial rental property has undergone inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), and if so, whether the property meets all applicable construction-related accessibility standards [...]

Posted In: Real Estate Reporter 

Challenging a California Labor Commissioner Ruling May Require a Bond

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

Effective January 1, 2017, A.B. 2899 amends Labor Code §1197.1. to require California employers seeking a writ of mandate to contest an adverse Labor Commissioner wage and hour ruling to post a bond for the assessed amount of unpaid wages (including minimum wages, overtime, and liquidated damages, but not penalties).

Prior to enactment, a California employer was only required to post a bond when appealing a wage and hour claim filed by an employee.

Now, [...]

Posted In: Employment Law News 

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 [...]

Posted In: 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.