California Minimum Wage 2023

Statewide Minimum Wage California’s minimum wage for all employers regardless of size will increase to $15.50 per hour. This is a change from the increase that was previously scheduled because of a provision in the law that is triggered when inflation is above 7%. Exempt Employee Minimum Salaries and Wages The minimum salary threshold for…

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California Pay Scale Law – Effective 1/1/23

Effective January 1, 2023, Senate Bill 1162 requires California employers to include pay scale information on job postings and report certain pay data. Employers are still prohibited from asking applicants about their pay history including compensation and benefits. For All Employers:  If an applicant requests the pay scale for a position, you must provide it….

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New Lawsuit Wave – Tenant Class Actions

DPA Attorneys is seeing a wave of tenant class action lawsuits. Hotels are being sued for their check-in and check-out policies of avoiding guest tenancy status. Under California law, a person who occupies a motel or hotel room as his or her primary residence for 30 or more days becomes a tenant and has certain…

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The Importance and Difference Between Wills and Trusts

Wills and Trusts are necessary planning tools to protect your family, legacy, and assets. Unfortunately, many people procrastinate creating their Will or Trust, forcing their spouse and family into expensive court costs and high estate taxes. Because of poor planning, all too often an estate can shrink to half of its original value.  Here are…

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Hotel City Code Violations

City officials are cracking down on building code violations. A number of hotels in the last year have been targeted by city inspectors for “dilapidated” conditions. These conditions include exposed electrical wiring, leaking plumbing, unpainted walls, trash debris in the parking lot, inoperable smoke detectors, etc. The city is deeming buildings unsafe and dangerous in…

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Incorporation, LLC vs. Corporation

Regardless of whether you choose to incorporate as an LLC or an Inc., it is important to limit your liability by holding ownership interest through an entity as opposed to an individual. If you own any property in your name personally, we highly recommend you transfer your interest to an entity that you can own…

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Loan Document Review

You’re at the closing line, escrow is about to wrap up, financing has been negotiated and approved, and then the bank sends you a stack of loan documents prepared by their attorney to review. These documents are full of provisions that limit your actions during the life of the loan, and do much more than…

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LA Hotel Worker Protection Ordinance

Panic Buttons  A panic button device must be given to all employees working in guest rooms or where other employees may not be present. We would advise these devices be given to all housekeeping, houseman/women, and maintenance staff.  Device must have GPS tracking and direct contact to security guard or supervisor.  Hotels 60+ rooms must…

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Leasing Hotel vs. Management Company

Increasingly, hotel owners are choosing between leasing their properties and hiring a management company. Below is a list of Pros and Cons to consider for each arrangement. Leasing Hotel      PROS: Lessee takes on the financial, operational, and legal burden Lessor receives a guaranteed fixed monthly amount Safe and secure     CONS: Significantly limits…

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