Ben Jakovljevic

ADLI Cannabis To Attend and Speak at the Cannabis Industry Institute’s Infused Products 2019 Conference

The Cannabis Industry Institute is committed to providing world-class training and information resources that are required to grow and serve the cannabis marketplace. Its Infused Products Conference (September 23 -24, 2019) is aimed at cannabis companies entering the least understood and most complex segments of the cannabis industry: product manufacturing, business operations, and legal rules and requirements.…

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Your Independent Contractor is Probably Your Employee After All

On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 (“AB 5”) into law.  The bill sets a new standard for classifying workers throughout California, and its ramifications are sure to be felt across companies of all sizes who have used independent contractors as part of their business model.  All California business owners,…

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The Dueling Banjos: Two Recent Supreme Court Solos Echo Through California Employment Law

The courts in the United States often zig and zag in different ways, as some judges lean one way or another. The result is like dueling banjos, with melodies resonating for years as employment lawyers in Los Angeles pick up their own instruments to mimic the rhythm to their own case. Two employment law “solos”…

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The Lawyer as Counselor

Many lawyers – or at least some lawyers – or at least this lawyer – got into the profession because they wanted to help people. This help can be defined by many different roles, and accordingly the lawyer goes by many names (some of which are not fit for print here). But given all the…

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Overview of the New Parent Leave Act

With the turning of the calendar to 2018, a host of new laws in California, and employment law is no exception.  This post explains how mid-size businesses must pay attention to an expanded law mandating unpaid leave for new parents. The New Parent Leave Act (SB 63) amends Government Code section 12945.6.  Under this Act,…

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Properly Classifying Exempt Employees

Employers, start 2018 with a resolution you can keep.  By ensuring you know who your exempt and nonexempt employees are, you can avoid one less headache in this new year. Employers who have or want to have exempt employees must be careful to ensure these employees meet various state and federal exemption requirements.  California has…

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Deduction Denied – The Two-Way Effect of a New Tax Provision for Payments Related to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse

The year 2017 saw a significant amount of attention paid to allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace, and the recently passed U.S. tax bill attempts to address some of those issues.  But the bill itself is not without controversy.  One provision in the bill, for example, will make sexual harassment settlements non-deductible for employers…

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