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

California Employers - Make Sure Your Employees All Have A Seat

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

Two recent California appellate court decisions, Bright v. 99 Only Stores, 189 Cal. App. 4th 1472 (November 12, 2010) and Harris v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., 191 Cal. App. 4th 210 (December 22, 2010), both held that California retail employers who fail to provide their employees with reasonable seating as required by California's Wage Order No. 7 may be sued for civil penalties up to $200 per employee, per pay period, plus attorneys fees and costs under California's Labor Code Private Attorney General Act of 2004 [...]

Posted In: Employment Law News 

Employees Beware! Don't Use Your Employer's Email or Fax For Personal Messages

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

In Holmes v. Petrovich Development Co., LLC, No. C059133 (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 13, 2011), the California Court of Appeals held that an employee's email messages to her attorney sent using the employer's computer and through the employer's network were not protected by the attorney-client privilege (could be used against the employee at trial) because the [...]

Posted In: Employment Law News 

Credit Card Purchase + Retailer's Request For Your Zip Code Equals A Lot Of Liability

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

Has a retailer recently asked you to give them your zip code? If so, they may have broken the law.

The Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971, set forth in California Civil Code 1747 et seq., was designed to protect consumers. As part of that protection, California Civil Code 1747.08(a) prohibits businesses from requesting and recording a customer's [...]

Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin 

New SBA Program To Refinance A Commercial Property Starts Feb. 28

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

Pursuant to the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is implementing a new program starting February 28, 2011 to enable small business to refinance existing owner-occupied commercial real estate mortgages through its 504 loan program. Previously the 504 Loan Program was only available for new development, construction and expansion. For a limited time (February 28, 2011 thru September 27, 2012) it can now be used to refinance an existing owner-occupied commercial [...]

Tags: SBA, commercial refi
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin  Real Estate Reporter 

New Deduction for Health Insurance Costs For The Self Employed

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

For the first time, self-employed individuals will be able to deduct the cost of their health insurance premiums when computing the amount owed in self-employment tax.

In the past, small business owners were not allowed to deduct the cost of health insurance when calculating self-employment tax. Under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, and subject to specific statutory restrictions (i.e. deduction is not available [...]

Tags: health insurance premium deduction, self employment taxes
Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Tax Update 

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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.