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Ladies’ Nights Illegal in California

Having a Ladies’ Night at your winery or restaurant may sound like a great way to generate business and give your customers a nice break on price.  But if you have one, you open yourself up to a lawsuit, because Ladies’ Nights are illegal in California.

As ridiculous as that may sound, the California Supreme Court has twice held that ladies’ night-type promotions are an illegal form of gender discrimination. 

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Local law firm welcomes new attorney to the team

San Luis Obispo, CA (July 30, 2015) – Carmel & Naccasha LLP is pleased to announce that Emilie K. Elliott has joined the firm as an attorney.

Emilie has distinguished herself in many of the firm’s primary practice areas including business and intellectual property transactions. She also brings an exciting new skill set and depth of experience to the firm in health care law.

(Click for Emilie’s Biography)

Emilie’s health care law practice comes with a unique background, as she formerly worked

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California Business Portal
New Website Aims to Assist California Businesses

A one-stop website full of resources for California business owners is now up and running thanks to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). The site was launched earlier this month in response to requests for better online tools. According to the press release, BusinessPortal.ca.gov is intended to provide information to business owners, consolidate information on starting a business, and organize state permit and regulations to increase accessibility. Business owners now have quicker access to guides that contain essential information for starting and growing specific types of businesses.

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C&N Attorney to Speak on Raising Capital for Businesses

Collaboration Business Consulting is hosting a Biz Ed seminar later this month featuring Carmel & Naccasha attorney Dallas K. Mosier. Mosier will provide valuable tips on how a business of any size can raise the funds they need to grow their operation. Included below are the details about the event from Collaboration’s website which can also be found by clicking here.

 
Raising Capital for your Growing Business

Whether you have a start-up or well-established business, getting financing in place is vital to your companies’ ability to grow. Many business owners are looking to acquire additional funds for their organization, but may be unaware of the legal steps that are associated. At this month’s Biz Ed, Dallas K. Mosier, Associate Attorney of Carmel & Naccasha, LLP, will be providing valuable insight on raising capital for your growing organization. Dallas is personally invested in protecting the wealth and health of individuals and businesses. Whether your business in looking to collect funding through traditional sources or a venture capitalist, it is important to be aware of the legal due diligence.

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Changes to Prop 65 Requirements are Coming Soon

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the lead agency for implementing Proposition 65, is currently in the process of revising Prop 65’s administrative regulations, which  will likely result in significant changes to how the business community attempts to comply with Prop 65.

The revised regulations are expected to be finalized by January 2016, but there will be a 2 year grace period for complying with the new provisions. The grace period is meant to provide a transition period for businesses, but it will undoubtedly create some confusion, as there will be two sets of standards in the marketplace during that time.

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C&N Closes Significant Deal for Prominent Central Coast Insurance Firm

 

Carmel & Naccasha LLP attorneys recently facilitated the integration of a highly regarded employee benefits agency and brokerage on the Central Coast with the strength and resources of a leading global insurance brokerage. Here’s what the owner of the agency had to say once the deal was completed:

“It has been an exciting time at my company with a recent transition and merger. We could not have done it without the expert assistance of Carmel & Naccasha. All of their people, especially Ziyad Naccasha, worked tirelessly to bring our transaction to conclusion in a timely manner. It was not unusual to get an email from them at 10 pm, still working on our behalf. They concluded our transaction in 12 days while normally this type of thing would have taken months. Top-notch service, expert advice, working on our behalf, ethical proceedings, polite and thorough….what more could you want from your professional team?”

-Connie Framberger

To read more about the team of attorneys at Carmel & Naccasha LLP who handle business and corporate matters, click here.

To read the full story about the merger as covered in the Insurance Journal on May 12, 2015, click here.

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Assembly Member Achadjian Honored at California Special District Association Event

The California Special Districts Association (CSDA) is a non-profit association that promotes good governance and improved core local services through professional development, advocacy, and other services for all types of independent special districts. Special districts include water, park and recreation, fire, harbor and community services districts among others.

The San Luis Obispo Chapter of the CSDA is composed of many of the special districts located in SLO County. 

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Achieving Class Action Certification For Alleged Meal and Rest Break Violations Continues to be an Uphill Battle

Two recent appellate court decisions demonstrate, once again, that courts in the Post-Brinker era are less inclined to grant class certification in actions alleging rest period or meal break violations.

In re Walgreen Company Overtime Cases, the plaintiffs alleged that the drug store chain had departed from its formal (and otherwise compliant) policies regarding meal breaks and rest periods in an illegal and widespread way. The decision did not go into the specifics of the alleged improper practices, but the general allegation appeared to be that it was common practice to under staff stores, forcing employees to work through their meal periods.

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Rebates for Turf Removal Conservation Programs Excluded from Gross Income

Both the Governor of California and the County Board of Supervisors have declared drought emergencies. As a result of the record drought conditions facing California, many local water agencies have established cash for grass or other reimbursement programs aimed at encouraging property owners to replace grass with drought tolerant landscaping.

Many cities, including Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach, have adopted turf removal conservation programs, which offer a rebate for the elimination of turf, which is replaced with drought tolerant plants or mulch. Arroyo Grande estimates that approximately 60% of the City’s water is used for irrigation, largely for turf areas.

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New Groundwater Legislation Takes Effect January 2015

New laws will soon change the way one of the most significant sources of California’s water supply is governed. In the wake of the worst drought in California history, the state’s legislature adopted a three bill package at the close of the 2014 legislative session that regulates California groundwater. The new laws take effect on January 1, 2015. While the California Constitution requires the reasonable and beneficial use of water, California was one of only a few states that did not significantly regulate groundwater until now.

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