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What California Hiring Managers Need to Know About California’s New Compensation History Law

By Jennifer M. Protas | 01.22.2018 | Firm Post

The DeWinter Group’s Don Seeley and Employment Attorney Jenn Protas answer your biggest questions regarding updates to the upcoming enactment of California’s compensation history law As the Bay Area’s leading accounting, finance, and information technology recruiting agency, the DeWinter Group often serves as the first point of contact for many hiring managers when it comes to discussing updates to California’s Labor Code which directly affect a company’s hiring strategy. With the enactment of California’s Assembly Bill 168 right around the corner, the DeWinter Group has received an increase in questions from our network of hiring managers and human resources contacts. Not only is our network interested in learning more regarding how the bill will affect their own current processes, but also what the DeWinter Group is doing to ensure compliance as an intermediary agent between employers and applicants. The DeWinter Group has partnered with California law firm Hoge Fenton to create a straightforward guide answering your biggest questions regarding the new law about inquiries into an applicant’s compensation history. Question: What are the key changes to California’s employment law taking effect on January 1, 2018, outlined within AB 168? Jenn: AB 168, which will be enacted as California Labor Code section 432.3, prohibits employers from asking for and relying upon historic compensation information when determining whether to offer an applicant employment or what compensation to offer an applicant. It also requires that when an applicant reasonably requests a pay scale for the position, the employer provides it. Question: As stated in AB 168, an employer, […]

Protect Your Brands in Overseas Markets

By Dana Brody-Brown | 01.12.2018 | Firm Post

You probably have heard about certain famous brand holders encountering difficulties using and registering their trademarks abroad. For example, you may have heard that Apple paid $60 million to settle a dispute with a third party in China that allows Apple to sell its “iPAD” products in China in light of an earlier third party registration. Or you may recall that Michael Jordan had to engage in a long legal battle with a trademark squatter over rights to the Chinese version of his name and trademark. If Apple and Michael Jordan are facing these issues, how does a small or mid-sized company stand a chance? An understanding of the potential issues and attention to IP planning and protection can be your first line of defense. What follows are FAQs about international trademark protection and preliminary answers and food for thought. Do I need to register my company’s marks internationally? If your company is selling products or services outside of the US, you likely need international trademark protection to open your markets and to keep them open. Or else, what could happen? Your company could be prevented from selling its goods/services under the mark in important markets which might necessitate re-branding, either in the country of interest or globally. Or, your company could find itself paying a large sum of money just to use its own mark in an important market. How are TM Rights Developed?   In the United States, rights in trademarks are developed primarily through use, so the first party […]

President Signs Sweeping Tax Reform Bill Into Law

As most of our clients already know, a sweeping new tax bill has been passed by the House and Senate. The President signed the bill into law this morning, changing the tax world in which we have lived for decades. We want to highlight some of the key provisions of this new law and explain what it means to you. Estate Tax, Gift Tax, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax The estate and gift tax exemption, which would have been $5.6 million per person in 2018, will double to $11.2 million per person under the new law. This means that a married couple will be able to transfer $22.4 million without any estate or gift tax. The generation-skipping transfer tax exemption also will increase to $11.2 million for an individual and $22.4 million for a married couple in 2018. These amounts are indexed for future inflation through 2025, and change back to the current law on January 1, 2026. Although there was much discussion of completely repealing the federal estate tax, the law does not repeal it. It also does not change the tax rate, which is 40%, or the gift tax annual exclusion, which in 2018 is $15,000 for each recipient of a gift with no limit on the number of recipients. Furthermore, there appears to be no change in the ability to use a deceased spouse’s unused exemption amount (“portability”). To use a deceased spouse’s unused exemption amount, a surviving spouse still must timely make the portability election on the […]

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