Social Equity Entrepreneur Development (SEED) Grant Program: Application Deadline Approaching!

On April 20th, 2021, the City of Los Angeles established the SEED Grant Program to provide $6 million in financial assistance to verified Social Equity Individual (“SEI”) Applicants. The deadline for SEI Applicants to submit an application is August 18th, 2021. Funds will be disbursed on a first come, first served basis. Here’s what you …

Could These CA Cannabis Senate Bills Affect Your Business?

KVK recently published a blog post highlighting select cannabis-related bills that passed the California Assembly in June.  This post presents a similar exploration of California Senate bills, each of which is currently being considered in the Assembly.  The summaries below are based on information provided by California Legislative Information. SB-311: Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s …

Returning to the Workplace – What You Need to Know

On June 15, 2021, California’s economy is scheduled to fully reopen. This means that most businesses and public places may return to normal operations as there will be no capacity restrictions and no physical distancing requirements. However, California employers must continue to operate in compliance with Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”), adopted in November 2020.  …

Don’t Put Your Business at Risk: California Employment Law FAQs – Wage and Hour Edition

Q: I pay my employees a salary. Aren’t I exempt from paying them overtime? Not necessarily. Under California employment law, employees are generally classified as exempt or non-exempt. Non-exempt employees are subject to California and federal laws regarding minimum wage, overtime and rest and meal breaks.   The biggest misconception is that an employee can …

California Commercial Cannabis Industry FAQs – Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part series of frequently asked questions that KVK receives from new clients seeking to enter the commercial cannabis industry. The commercial cannabis industry is growing exponentially. As of January 2021, the three State cannabis licensing authorities have issued over 10,000 commercial cannabis licenses to cannabis businesses throughout California. …

California Commercial Cannabis Industry FAQs

This is the first part of a two-part series of frequently asked questions that KVK receives from new clients seeking to enter the commercial cannabis industry. The commercial cannabis industry is growing exponentially. As of January 2021, the three State cannabis licensing authorities have issued over 10,000 commercial cannabis licenses to cannabis businesses throughout California. …

California Employers Update Now – New Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SB 95)

On March 19, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 95 which mandates that employers provide employees with supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) for various COVID-related absences in addition to paid time off benefits employees receive by law or policy, such as vacation and non-COVID statutory sick leave. COVERED EMPLOYERS The new law, which …

Telephone Consumer Protection Act: Risk Management For Your Business

In 1991, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was enacted into law. The TCPA restricts telemarketing calls and the use of automatic telephone dialing systems for marketing and solicitations. Steep penalties flow from TCPA violations: $500 per call or text or up to $1500 per call or text if the transmission is deemed willful (or …

Civil Rights Movements – Black History

In our previous blog, Historical Legal Cases & Acts – Black History, we outlined important cases along with the U.S. Constitution Amendments that brought legislative changes supporting equality and voting rights. Even with cases and legislation trending toward civil rights, states and businesses created ways to continue discrimination. While highlighting important and groundbreaking civil rights …

Historical Legal Cases & Acts – Black History

As part of Black History Month, we are looking back over some historic U.S. Supreme Court cases, Amendments and Acts that led to today’s global civil rights movement. Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) Only two centuries ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “[s]laves were not citizens of the United States and, therefore, could not …

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