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To Qualify, Single Member LLCs and sole-proprietorship would have to become S-corporations or Partnerships for Tax Filing Purposes. Since the Tax Cut and Jobs Act was passed, there’s been a $10,000 cap on the state and local/property tax deduction on individual federal income tax returns.However, California now offers workarounds, allowing some pass-through business owners to sidestep the limit on state income and property tax write-offs.A growing number of states, including California, are offering pass-through businesses (S-corporations, LLC that file a partnership tax return, and partnerships) a workaround for the $10,000 federal deduction limit for state income and property taxes, known…
On August 23, 2021, the FDA approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. The vaccine will be marketed as Comirnaty and is approved for people who are 16 years of age and older. The FDA’s approval will very likely encourage more employers to mandate that its employees receive the vaccine. Some employers have been reluctant to mandate vaccinations, but researchers believe that the FDA approval will ease some of the concerns both employers and employees have about requiring a vaccine that had previously only been authorized for emergency use. Employers are not required to mandate that employees receive the vaccine; however, those employers…
Cal/OSHA Guidelines for Employers After nearly 15 months of being quarantined, tested, facemasked, socially-distanced, and finally vaccinated, Californians are returning to “normalcy”, which in many instances, means returning to the workplace. Below you will find what Employers need to know about Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Temporary Standards, including what has changed, what remains the same, and what to expect as we enter the second half of 2021. Can Employers Require Employees to be Vaccinated? The first question many employers—and employees—have is: Can an employer require its employees to be fully-vaccinated and return to the workplace? The short answer is: Yes.…
EFFECTIVE MARCH 29, 2021 Employees who work for Employers with more than 25 employees are entitled to up to 80 hours of Paid Sick Leave (PSL).The Employee can make the request for PSL orally or in writing.This leave is retroactive to January 1, 2021 and will run through September 30, 2021.If an Employee took leave for COVID-related reasons prior to March 29, 2021, the employee should make an oral or written request to his or her employer for payment for up to 80 hours of work missed due to COVID-19.Criteria to Qualify for the PSL: If an employee is unable…
Many employers use rounding to adjust an employee’s work hours to the nearest whole time increment, such as five or ten minutes. Employers beware! However, in a newly published decision, timekeeping rounding must not apply to meal periods. California employers must provide employees with a 30-minute, uninterrupted meal period that begins no later than the end of the fifth hour of work. If an employee is not provided the timely and uninterrupted meal period, the employee is due one hour of premium pay. In the case of Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC, the California Supreme Court ruled against an employer’s…
Large employers are now required to provide demographic pay data to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) by March 31, 2021. SB 973 requires private employers of 100 or more employees, that are also required to file the federal EEO-1 report with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), to report demographic and pay data information to the DFEH. The reporting year will be the year preceding the due date for the report and should include a “snapshot” of the workforce for any single pay period of the employer’s choice between October 1 and December 31 of the…
Often estate planning focuses on the “big picture” issues, such as who gets what, whether a living trust should be created to avoid probate and tax planning to minimize gift and estate taxes. However, there are many smaller issues, which are just as critical to the success of your overall estate plan. Below are some of the issues that are often overlooked by clients and sometimes their attorneys.  Cash Flow Is there sufficient cash? Estates incur operating expenses throughout the administration phase. The estate in California may have to pay federal estate taxes, filing fees, living expenses for a surviving spouse…
By Kathleen J. Smith, Civil Litigation Attorney Let’s be clear—Covid 19’s pandemic shutdown may affect your company’s ability to perform its contracts, but it’s no panacea for avoiding all your business obligations. Your contracts may contain variously worded “force majeure” clauses. That doesn’t mean you can ignore paying for services already received. Here is a typical force majeure clause: Force Majeure. Any delay or failure by either party hereto in performance hereby shall be excused if, and only to the extent that, such delays or failures are caused by occurrences beyond such party’s control, including Acts of God, decrees or…
The emergence of COVID-19 has changed the world as we once knew it; therefore, it should come as no surprise that the virus would impact employment law as well. California’s ever-changing employment laws will have employers scrambling to keep up in 2021! What are the reporting requirements if someone is exposed to COVID-19 at the workplace? What is the PPE requirement? Is my employee eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in the event of an outbreak? These are all new questions that employers need answers to.  The employment law attorneys at Schneiders & Associates are prepared to help! Join us on…
The emergence of COVID-19 has changed the world as we once knew it; therefore, it should come as no surprise that the virus would impact employment law as well. California’s ever-changing employment laws will have employers scrambling to keep up in 2021! The employment law attorneys at Schneiders & Associates are prepared to help! Below are some of the significant changes related to COVID-19 that employers should look out for as we head into the new year. SB 1159: COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation SB 1159 provides that if a California employee tests positive for COVID-19 during an “outbreak” at the employee’s…