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Your Legal Corner - Client Alert Blog - Archives for November 2011

Small Claims Limit Increases To $10,000

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, November 2011

Beginning January 1, 2012, the Small Claims Court jurisdictional limit will increase from $7,500 to $10,000 for personal claims, other than bodily injury resulting from a car accident. For a claim of bodily injury resulting from a car accident, the increase to $10,000 will not occur until January 1, 2014.

It should be noted that the jurisdictional limit of the Small Claims Court for business related disputes and claims brought by a corporation shall remain at $5,000.

Tags: Small Claims Limit in California
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin  Employment Law News  Real Estate Reporter 

California Landlords Can Now Ban Smoking

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, November 2011

On September 7, 2011, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 332. Under the new law, beginning January 1, 2012, a residential landlord can prohibit the smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco related products on the property, so long as proper notice is provided and local regulations are followed.

This new [...]

Tags: California Smoking Ban in Rentals
Posted In: Real Estate Reporter 

New 2012 Law on Renting and Leasing a Condominium or Townhome

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, November 2011

Effective January 1, 2012, S.B. 150 amends Sections 1368 and 1373 of the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act and adds California Civil Code 1360.2. to prohibit a homeowner's association (HOA) from restricting an owner's right to rent or lease out their residential unit, "unless that governing document, or amendment thereto, was effective prior to the date the owner acquired title to [...]

Posted In: Real Estate Reporter 

CA Employers Required To Pay Health Insurance Premiums For Pregnancy Disability Leaves

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, November 2011

Effective January 1, 2012, S.B. 299 and A.B. 592 amend California's Fair Employment and Housing Act set forth in Government Code 12945 to require California employers with five (5) or more employees and who provide health insurance benefits to maintain and pay (for up to 4 months) the health insurance premiums for employees who availed themselves of the health insurance benefit and take pregnancy disability [...]

Posted In: Employment Law News 

Written Contracts Required For Employees & Independent Contractors Paid Commissions

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, November 2011

A.B. 1396 amends California Labor Code 2751 and imposes substantial new obligations on employers who pay their employees or independent contractors based in California in whole, or in part, a commission.

Effective January 1, 2013, California Labor Code 2751 will require all California and all out-of-state employers to provide an employee (and any independent contractor) who works in California [...]

Posted In: 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.