Protect Your Business: The Ultimate Guide to Trademarks for Small Business Owners
Protect Your Business: The Ultimate Guide to Trademarks for Small Business Owners

We can’t emphasize enough just how important it is for business owners to protect their intellectual property, including trademarks. A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies and distinguishes a company's products or services from those of others in the marketplace. This is what makes your brand memorable and recognizable.  When Should You File a Trademark? Small business owners should also consider the timing of their trademark filing and do the research. The simplest way to see if your brand is already in use is by doing a simple google search and a trademark search at the... READ MORE

What to do in case of a burglary at your business

Theft and burglary can be devastating for small businesses, both financially and emotionally. However, there are several steps business owners can take to minimize the risk of theft and protect their assets. Secure the premisesThe first step in protecting your small business against burglary is to secure your physical premises. This can include installing a security system, including well-placed cameras and alarms, and making sure all entrances and windows are properly secured. Keeping the premises well-lit, both inside and outside is important and local law enforcement officers have advised that you do not obstruct the windows or view into your... READ MORE

Surviving Inflation: Tips for Small Business Owners to Keep Customers, Employees, and Profitability Afloat

Inflation can be a challenging economic situation for small business owners. Rising prices of goods and services can make it difficult to keep your customers happy, pay your employees, and stay in business. So how can small business owners adapt to inflation and thrive in a challenging economic environment? Here are some strategies to consider adopting and how Chase Law Group can help. Manage Costs: One of the most effective ways to adapt to inflation is to manage costs effectively. This means taking a hard look at your business expenses and finding ways to reduce them without compromising on quality.... READ MORE

Ninth Circuit Rules that Mandatory Arbitration Agreements with Employees are Permitted

In a significant decision impacting employers’ ability to require new and current employees to agree to arbitrate their disputes, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held by a 2-1 decision in Chamber of Commerce v. Bonta that AB51, enacted in California in 2019, which prohibited mandatory arbitration agreements, violated the Federal Arbitration Act.  Based upon its ruling, which reversed an earlier decision issued by the Ninth Circuit, employers can now require employees to enter arbitration agreements as a condition of employment.  California employers must now wait to see if the state of California will appeal to the full Ninth Circuit or the... READ MORE

Good News For Occupational Therapist Corporations (AB 2671)

Our occupational therapist clients are some of the most entrepreneurial because they want to be able to provide a holistic experience for their patients by including a variety of other professionals in their care to fully serve their client and patient needs. Historically, many professional service companies could have other professionals as shareholders, officers, directors and professional employees of their corporation, but this did not include occupational therapy corporations. For example, a physical therapy corporation could hire an occupational therapist. However, there was no provision in the California Corporations Code that would allow an occupational therapy corporation to hire a... READ MORE

Are Your Website Terms & Online Agreements Enforceable?

As business attorneys, Chase Law Group advises our clients on how to make their online agreements as strong and enforceable as possible. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that offers important insights for businesses looking to create a bulletproof online agreement. In this blog post, we provide some tips on how to draft online agreements that can withstand legal scrutiny and protect your business. In the case of Oberstein v. Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. a class action lawsuit was filed against Ticketmaster and Live Nation by a group of ticket purchasers who claimed they were charged... READ MORE

Audio and Video Surveillance in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

There are a number of reasons that California employers may consider audio or video recording in the workplace, including security, safety, and/or to monitor their employees’ and customers’ behavior in their place of business. However, before doing so, employers need to understand the various rights and restrictions related to recording in the workplace. Video Recording As a preliminary matter, despite an employer’s desire to record what goes on at their place of business, the California Constitution guarantees the privacy of its citizens in the workplace, schools, government buildings and other property. Courts and the legislature have determined that this right... READ MORE

Is It Time To Sell The Business? Here Are Some Factors To Consider Before You Do.

Selling a small business is a major decision that should not be taken lightly. It's important to consider several factors when deciding whether to sell, including the current market conditions, your personal goals, and the financial health of your business. Here are some key points to consider when deciding whether to sell your small business: Timing: The timing of when to sell your business is crucial. The market conditions, trends, and the state of the economy can play a major role in the sale of your business. Generally, it's best to sell your business when it's in a period of... READ MORE

Minimum Wage To Increase To $15.50 Per Hour For All California Employers

Effective January 1, 2023, the state minimum wage will increase to $15.50/hr. Note that certain cities, including City of Los Angeles ($16.04 per hour) and Unincorporated County of Los Angeles County ($15.90 per hour) have a slightly higher minimum wage.  Employers must pay their employees pursuant to whichever law affords employees the highest minimum wage. Also increases in the state minimum wage requires that exempt employees must be paid twice the state minimum wage for full-time employment (40 hours per week). Therefore, as of January 1, 2023, most exempt salaried workers must be paid no less than $64,480 to retain... READ MORE

National Write A Business Plan Month

By Admin December 05, 2022    Category: Business Law

National Write A Business Plan Month

The Importance of Writing A Business Plan & Its History December is National Write a Business Plan month which is a fitting time for entrepreneurs to be inspired to put a business plan in motion to create the future they desire.  On average the 500+ million business owners around the world have at least two to three competitors, so writing or revisiting your business plan before the new year can put you at an advantage above your competitors, help you obtain funding, and have a strategy for reaching customers. Whether your business is new or old, having a plan to... READ MORE