Posts from February 2018.

Eleven states have employment laws protecting medical cannabis patients against employment discrimination. California is not currently one of them.  In 2008, the California Supreme Court held that employers could terminate employees for off-work cannabis use even if such use is for medicinal purposes and lawful under California’s medical marijuana laws. A lot has changed since the California Supreme Court decided this issue a decade ago.  California voters have since passed law legalizing recreational use of cannabis, and many California employers are wondering what rights they have to not hire and/or to terminate employees who test positive for cannabis. The California Legislature may soon clarify employer and employee rights in California vis a vis off-work cannabis consumption through Assembly Bill (“AB”) 2069, which was introduced on February 7, 2018.

Worker classification is an ongoing issue for most employers. Unfortunately, misclassification of workers can result in substantial liability for employers, with such liability arising in many different ways.  

Individuals impersonating IRS officials are out there, using their best efforts to intimidate people into paying a fake tax bill.  Scams take many shapes and forms, such as phone calls, letters, and emails.  Some scammers may even threaten to arrest or deport their would-be victim if they don’t pay.  The IRS continually updates its website (www.irs.gov) with information on the most current scams and how to report them.  Here is an overview of how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers.

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For a variety of reason, a business may desire to change its form of entity (e.g. convert from a limited liability company to a corporation) or change its state of organization (e.g. converting from a California corporation to a Nevada corporation) or merge with another entity.  In the past, if a nonprofit organization wanted to enact changes similar to these, it often was required to submit a new application for tax exemption with the IRS, which can be burdensome.

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