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401(k) Plan Administrators: Be Very Afraid!

A recent decision of the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals should give pause to anyone who administers a 401(k) plan or other employee benefit plan subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”).  In Tibble v. Edison Int’l, … Continue reading

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Ten Things to Consider When Forming a Joint Venture

1.         Know your partner.    This is obvious.  Go beyond the obvious.  Do as much research as you can so that you understand the corporate culture of the party you will be partnering with.  Do not assume that the individuals you … Continue reading

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Obamacare: Proposed IRS Regs Define “Large Employer”

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, often called Obamacare), companies with 50 or more full-time workers are required to provide health benefits to at least 95 percent of their full-time employees or pay a $2,000 per-employee penalty … Continue reading

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Obamacare: Businesses Need to Start Planning

Many of the tax-related provisions of Obamacare–the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or the “Act”—will require businesses to take action this year and next. Here is a short summary: W-2 reporting  Employers that filed 250 or more 2011 W-2 … Continue reading

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New California Law Protects Religious Dress and Grooming in the Workplace

On September 8, 2012, the Governor of California signed into law Assembly Bill 1964, amending the existing state law that protects individuals from employment discrimination based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, … Continue reading

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Three Mistakes Common to Privately Held Businesses

Underestimating Regulatory Risk Regulatory compliance may seem like a nuisance or a “necessary evil” to most business owners but, if neglected, it can actually be much worse than that.  Three trends appear to be emerging in this area.  First, the … Continue reading

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Possible Tax Law Changes — January 1, 2013

If Congress allows the so-called “Bush tax cuts” to expire at the end of this year—a not unreasonable assumption–the personal tax rates on ordinary income will increase as follows:       Unmarried Filers     Married Joint Filers   Marginal Rate   … Continue reading

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