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  • June 11, 2024
  • Blog

FTC Ruling Banning Noncompete Agreements

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a final ruling banning the vast majority of noncompete agreements nationwide as “unfair methods of competition” in commerce. The rule will not go into formal effect until 120 days after the Federal Registrar formally adopts the new ruling (estimated to go into effect in August or early September). Until then...

Growing Use of Artificial Intelligence in Businesses

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an effective tool for companies to boost their productivity. AI can increase efficiency, accuracy, and eliminate the risk of human error for companies. Many companies have incorporated AI into their everyday business practices, whether that be marketing, operations, or customer service. AI has been impactful...

California – Best Methods to Relocate your Corporation

In California, the taxes and regulations can be difficult to keep up with and there are many reasons why business owners would want to move their corporations out of state. There are a few different ways to move your corporation out of California, each with its own pros and cons....

  • April 24, 2024
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California’s Workplace Prevention Plan Law BLOG POST

Beginning July 1, 2024, SB 553 will take effect requiring California employers to establish, implement, and maintain a workplace violence prevention plan. Under SB 533, workplace violence is broadly defined as any act of violence or threat of violence in the place of employment. Implementing a workplace violence prevention plan...

  • April 16, 2024
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Generational Differences in the Workplace

The workspace can be a very diverse place, featuring colleagues of various ages, races, ethnicities and more. In Western culture, there are 4 generations commonly present in our workforce right now, from oldest to youngest: baby boomers, Generation X, millennials, and Generation Z. At POTENTE, we can proudly say that...

  • April 02, 2024
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Arbitration Updates

In comparison to trials, arbitration can expedite dispute resolution, help avoid class-action lawsuits, and circumvent the potentially costly and time-consuming litigation process. Therefore, it is imperative that businesses ensure arbitration clauses are enforceable. On December 21, 2023, in Hasty v. American Automobile Assn. of Northern Cal., Nev. & Utah, a...

  • February 13, 2024
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New Rule on Independent Contractor Classification Blog Post (Feb 2024)

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced that beginning March 11, 2024, a new final rule will address independent contractor classifications. This new rule provides a guideline as to whether a worker is classified as an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL...

  • January 03, 2024
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CA Minimum Wage Updates

While the federal minimum wage has remained the same since 2009 at $7.25 an hour, many states have continued to raise their minimum wage. California’s minimum wage is more than double the federal minimum rate and continues to increase. Beginning in 2024, California’s statewide minimum wage will increase from $15.50...

employment law
  • November 22, 2023
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Employment Law 2024 Updates

With 2023 coming to an end, there are many new employment laws taking effect in 2024. It is imperative for employers to familiarize themselves with these new laws to ensure their businesses are compliant in the new year. Below is a summary of some relevant laws that are going into...

  • October 27, 2023
  • Blog

Corporate Transparency Act (CTA)

In 2021, Congress passed the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) on a bipartisan basis. This law creates a new beneficial ownership information reporting requirement as part of the U.S. government’s efforts to make it harder for bad actors to hide gains through shell companies or other ownership structures. The reporting rule...

  • October 11, 2023
  • Blog

SB 699

On September 1, 2023, Senate Bill 699 was signed amending the California Business & Professions Code Section 16600. Under the California Business & Professions Code, noncompete agreements are generally unenforceable. Section 16600 says, “every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of...

  • September 26, 2023
  • Blog

CA Updated Paid Sick Leave Law (S.B. 616)

There is currently no federal law requiring paid sick leave, but California’s Healthy Families Act of 2014 requires employers to offer a minimum of 24 hours or three days of paid sick leave per year. California’s paid sick leave law applies to employees who work in California for 30 or more days...