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October 2015 Archives

What Does Human Resources Do?

human resources.jpgWhile the inner workings of your company's human resources staff may seem a mystery even to management, in fact, a properly-functioning HR department serves an essential role in any well-run organization. As federal and California employment law grows increasingly complex, effective HR managers can help keep your business out of legal hot water with the variety of federal and state organizations that oversee the workplace. So what does human resources do? Its functions can roughly be broken down into three categories: human, administrative and strategic.

Protecting Your Business from Losses Due To "Non-Conforming Goods"

NonConforming Goods.jpgCalifornia's version of the Uniform Commercial Code's implied warranty of merchantability protects the consumer from suffering losses resulting from faulty consumer goods. Business owners must be aware of their options and should consult with counsel to devise a suitable business strategy to protect your business from losses while maintaining a high level of customer service and satisfaction. An experienced business attorney can help the business owner avoid pitfalls associated with implied warranties from the sale of consumer goods.

Investigating Job Applicants

investigating job applicants.jpgCalifornia businesses have a lot to consider when investigating or screening potential employees. There are many gray areas without crystal clear guidance from the law. However, the law does provide some general principles which will keep you safe. Therefore, the wisest approach is to let an attorney assist you in setting a company-wide policy that follows these general principles.

What Is a Use Tax?

user tax.jpgTaxes collected by California retailers from in-state transactions are called sales taxes. The retailer is responsible for collecting this tax from the customer at the time of sale and for reporting and submitting that tax to the state of California. Also, thanks to California's e-fairness law, out-of-state retailers, including online retailers, are responsible for collecting taxes on sales to California customers. However, in cases where the out-of-state retailer isn't required to charge a sales tax, the customer may be required to pay a "use tax," which is a tax on personal property that is used, stored, or consumed in California. It's a counterpart to the sales tax and you should not ever pay both on the same transaction. Both of these types of taxes go to support California's government.

Are Independent Contractors Right for My Business?

independent contractor.jpgThere are many benefits to hiring an independent contractor for an upcoming project. This can include financial savings, increased flexibility and potentially reduced exposure to lawsuits. But before you decide how to staff a particular job, you must make sure that your choice will satisfy state and federal authorities.