Posts Tagged: small business tips

What do employers need to know about the new Trade Secrets Act of 2016?

Small business tips - SandGarden Law GroupThe new Trade Secrets Act of 2016 has new tools and remedies for protecting employers, and new notice requirements as well.

Previously in this series we’ve discussed the new Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA); how it can help small business owners and entrepreneurs protect their Trade Secrets, and how it will affect every else doing business in California. (See our resources page to links to these posts.)

Today’s blog post will focus on what employers need to know about the DTSA and steps they should take to comply with new DTSA requirements.

Today’s employers, small businesses and startups included, understand that they are vulnerable to their employees and contractors.

California Minimum Wage Rate Increase

Small business tips - SandGarden Law GroupUnderstanding CA Minimum Wage Rate Increase

California small business owners, did you know that if you have 25 or fewer employees, you will get extra time to raise your minimum wage rates?

California’s new minimum wage gradually increases the minimum wage year by year; starting at $10.50 by Jan1, 2017 and capping at $15/hour by 2022.  However, smaller businesses get an extra year, so if you are a smaller business your first minimum wage increase doesn’t start until Jan 1, 2018 (same $10.50/ hour), and will not cap at $15/ hour until 2023.

After 2023, the new law also allows for some smaller yearly increases tied to inflation.

Under the new law, the California governor can also pause the minimum wage rate increase for a year, if there is an economic emergency. So be prepared to check in for regular updates on minimum wages.