Most California businesses are familiar with their basic responsibilities under California’s employment laws. However, many employers unwittingly make mistakes, which can create a multitude of very costly and time-consuming complaints and lawsuits. Robyn McKibbin, Partner at Stone Cha & Dean,  will offer practical guidance on how to avoid some common employment pitfalls and implement effective, lawful policies …

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  • March 18, 2014
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In recognition of Valentine’s Day, it is timely to reflect upon love and romance in the modern age. Everyone seeks a connection with another like-minded person: someone to share life’s joys and challenges. Sometimes in life, we find ourselves without a partner and go out in search of that special someone, and sometimes that search leads …

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  • February 13, 2014
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TCIG discusses employer benefit plans and how to best handle the new changes in the group insurance marketplace. The media is full of reports about the insurance exchanges and various deadlines for obtaining coverage.  These stories all relate to individual medical insurance, not employer benefit plans. However, buried in the 2,000 pages of the Patient Protection …

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  • January 29, 2014
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Steve Landsman, of local accounting firm Squar Milner, shares important tips on how you can plan for the upcoming tax season. Your taxes are likely to increase in 2014 due to the increase in 2013 tax rates and the new Medicare tax on investment income. If you live in California, the maximum combined federal and …

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  • January 29, 2014
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Steve Landsman, of local accounting firm Squar Milner, shares important tips on how business owners can plan for the upcoming tax season. TAX PLANNING FOR BUSINESS OWNERS Bonus Depreciation Put new business equipment and machinery in service before year-end to qualify for the 50% bonus first-year depreciation allowance. Unless Congress acts, this bonus depreciation allowance won’t …

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  • January 29, 2014
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SCD presented an entertaining and informative mock trial presentation that examined a secret off-site romantic relationship between a supervisor and his subordinate. Once the relationship ended badly, the employer was faced with claims of wrongful termination, retaliation, and discrimination. The trial developed into a heated legal battle that included a pretrial motion, opening statements, witness testimony, …

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  • January 14, 2014
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