Employer Considerations When Terminating an Employee

Terminating an employee can be a taxing process. Use our guideline to help you maintain a professional attitude while handling your business informatively. Below are federal and state requirements: Federal Requirements COBRA Benefits. For employers with 20 or more employees, a Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) notice and election form needs to be provided to employees who are participating in the employer’s group health plan the day before the termination and to any of the terminating employee’s dependents on the plan. See https://www.dol.gov/ebsa/cobra.html for more information. HIPAA. Provide a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) certificate o

Employer Considerations When Hiring a New Employee

When hiring a new employee, it is important to start off on the right foot as an employer by making sure you follow all of the legal rules that now apply to you. From tax forms to government registrations to insurance requirements and more, being an employer carries a number of obligations. You'll find our to-do list for new employees below: Obtain an employer identification number. When you hire employees, you must get an employer identification number (EIN) to use on tax returns and other documents you submit to the IRS. To get an EIN, you must file IRS Form SS-4. In addition, the EIN is necessary when reporting information about your employees to state agencies. Apply for EIN online or co

ADA Lawsuits – Protect Your Business

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law more than 15 years ago with the goal of remedying discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Similarly, California adopted the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which provides that any violation of the ADA shall constitute a violation of state law. Under this law, money damages are awarded "for each and every offense . . . up to a maximum of three times the amount of actual damage but in no case less than $4,000, and any attorney's fees that may be determined by the court." With the passage of these laws however, over 14,000 lawsuits have been filed against businesses in California alone. In fact California has 40 percent of the nation's

A warm hello

At the beginning of this year, I was at a crossroads in my legal career. I was a Senior Associate at a highly prestigious firm where I had practiced law for 9 and a half years and I decided to take the plunge and strike out on my own. I thought I would start by being in-house counsel for my mother's accounting firm. That soon became only a small part of my business. And after a small post I made on Facebook that I had changed my email address, numerous referrals started coming in and former clients reached out to me. It became clear to me that my passion to truly help others was the impetus of the referrals and business coming in. Within a few months, I hired two dedicated bright associate a

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