Category: California

California Minimum Wage Increases

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: $15 per hour, regular and tipped employees Cupertino: $15.39 per hour, regular and tipped employees El Cerrito: $15.37 per hour, […]

New California Independent Contractor Law Takes Effect January 1

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 January 1, 2020, as the California legislature has passed AB-5. Here is the standard classification test under the new law: […]

New California Law Requires Disclosure When Using A Chatbot

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 ecommerce and other types of websites is becoming more widespread on a daily basis. Online chat tools allow potential customers […]

CBDs May Not Be As Legal As You Think

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 the Controlled Substances Act and from the definition of marijuana. That being said, the status of CBDs derived from hemp […]

Legal Cannabis and Immigration

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 from Canada: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforces the laws of the United States and U.S. laws will not […]