Law Office of Paul H. Spitz – Blog

California Minimum Wage Increases

January 3rd, 2020

California employers should take note of the following minimum wage increases that took effect on January 1, 2020: Statewide: $13 per hour, regular and tipped employees Alameda: $15 per hour, regular and tipped employees Belmont: Read More

Ohio Minimum Wage Increase

January 3rd, 2020

Ohio employers should note that on January 1, the state minimum wage increased to $8.70 an hour for normal workers, and to $4.35 an hour for tipped workers.Read More

New California Independent Contractor Law Takes Effect January 1

December 27th, 2019

Several months ago, the California Supreme Court established a new test for determining whether a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor. Now that test will be enshrined in law on Read More

New California Law Requires Disclosure When Using A Chatbot

June 26th, 2019

Beginning on July 1, 2019, a new California law will require websites that use chatbots to clearly disclose that it is a bot communicating online, and not a person. The use of online chatting with Read More

Opening A Cannabis Dispensary in Ohio

April 25th, 2019

So you want to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio, now that it’s legal? Here’s a rundown of what is involved. Licenses Available At this time, the Ohio medical marijuana program only allows the Read More

Cincinnati Bans Salary History Inquiries

April 4th, 2019

On March 13, 2019, Cincinnati passed an ordinance that bars employers from asking applicants for their salary history. The law is intended to address wage disparity for women and minorities. So far, at least 14 Read More

Why I Charge Consultation Fees

February 15th, 2019

Visitors to the site may have noticed that I've recently started charging a modest consultation fee. There are two reasons for this policy. First, it deters people from booking a consultation and then not showing Read More

CBDs May Not Be As Legal As You Think

November 28th, 2018

UPDATE: Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp is now legal to cultivate, provided it is cultivated in compliance with a state or tribal regulatory program. Hemp has also been removed from Read More

Legal Cannabis and Immigration

November 16th, 2018

This is my very first repost of another lawyer's material. I'm sharing a blog posting by Christopher Pogue, an immigration attorney, on the intersection of legal cannabis and immigration law, particular with respect to immigration Read More

Cap Table Math for Startup Founders

November 7th, 2018

"We want to give Barbara 4% of the company. How many shares is that?" I get questions like that frequently, and once you understand the math, the solution is pretty simple. Hey, I'm a lawyer, Read More

New Corporate Governance Subscription Service

July 26th, 2018

Are you a founder, officer, or major shareholder of a c-corporation? If so, keep reading… Corporate governance – nobody likes doing it, but it’s essential to maintaining your corporation’s liability shield. Also, if neglected or Read More

Vermont Passes Strictest Subscription Renewal Law

July 24th, 2018

Companies that offer subscriptions that renew automatically now have to pay attention to tiny Vermont, which just passed the strictest automatic renewal law in the country. Several states, including California, have laws governing subscription renewals Read More