Entries by Sarah Condor

Having a Partnership Agreement Is Important

A partnership is a business where two or more people share ownership, contribute to all aspects of the business, including money, property, labor or skill. In return, each partner shares in the profits and losses of the business. There are three general types of partnership arrangements: General Partnerships assume that profits, liability and management duties are […]

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Predatory Lending

There is no simple checklist for determining whether a particular loan or loan program is predatory. Loan terms that are helpful to one borrower may be harmful to others. For example, it is important to distinguish subprime lending from predatory lending. Subprime lending includes loans to persons who present heightened credit risk because they have […]

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To Terminate or Not to Terminate

  California Labor Code §1400 affords us the following definitions: under Sec. (c) layoff means a “separation from a position for lack of funds or lack of work.” This means that there is no fault on the part of the employee for a layoff and the employee may be eligible for unemployment and other benefits. […]

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Rescission, Reformation, Replevin

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How Often Can Rent Be Raised?

How often can rent be raised? if you have a lease for more than 30 days, your rent cannot be increased during the term of the lease, unless the lease allows rent increases. If you have a periodic rental agreement, your landlord can increase your rent, but the landlord must give you proper advance notice […]

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Unlawful Discrimination

A landlord cannot refuse to rent to a tenant, or engage in any discrimination on the basis of group characteristics specified by law that are not closely related to the landlord’s business needs: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to them, as well as gender and perception of gender), sexual […]

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Non-Compete Clauses

A Non-compete clause limits the employment of the employee after termination for a specific amount of time in a given area and field of expertise. Its purpose is typically to: (1) protect trade secrets, and (2) limit employees who possess the knowledge and skills in the given area. (1) Trade secrets are limited by a […]

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King v. Burwell

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 that the Affordable Care Act allows subsidies for low-income people who purchase health insurance through federal exchanges. The majority opinionby Chief Justice John G. Roberts is a big win for the Obama administration and the viability of its health-care law. At issue was a provision of the law […]

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Bill Defending Workers’ Rights

The California Assembly approved a bill Thursday backed by the Consumer Attorneys of California that would protect the legal rights of California workers who face the prospect of being forced to sign arbitration agreements as a part of employment. AB 465, authored by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina), will ensure that important employment rights and […]

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