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. …

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 …

Personal Injury Practice during COVID-19

“Even though California personal injury attorneys have been forced to work from home and maintain social distancing, it’s important they continue to stay hard at work for their clients”, as written in the interesting article ‘Effects of COVID-19 on Personal Injury Practice’ by Bill Karns on April 02, 2020 via ‘Law.com’. Find the full publication, …

Cannabis Disaster Relief

ARTICLE TAKEAWAYS Section 5038(h) of the BCC regulations provides licensees with temporary relief from specific licensing and regulatory requirements in order to prevent loss, theft, or degradation of cannabis goods from a disaster.  We believe the current environment in Los Angeles qualifies as a “disaster” under the BCC regulations. Licensee rights may include the option …

California Court of Appeal: Attorneys’ Fees Not Available In Strictly Rest-Break Employment Suits

ARTICLE TAKEAWAYS In August 2016, plaintiff sued defendants. The complaint alleged defendants regularly failed to give plaintiff her full uninterrupted rest periods, and that defendants wrongfully terminated plaintiff in retaliation for her making internal complaints that defendants violated wage and hour laws and food safety laws. The trial court awarded plaintiff over $280,000 in attorneys’ …

U.S. House Passes SAFE Banking Act as Part of New Coronavirus Relief Bill: UPDATE

ARTICLE TAKEAWAYS On Friday May 15th, the U.S. House passed a $3-trillion relief bill aimed at the economic pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. Included in the bill was the legislative language of the SAFE Banking Act (formally titled the Secure and Fair Enforcement of Banking Act), which would allow cannabis businesses to work freely with …

Governor Newsom Announces Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Workers who Contract COVID-19 During Stay at Home Order

ARTICLE TAKEAWAYS Governor Newsome signed an executive order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for accessing workers’ compensation benefits applicable to Californians who must work outside of their homes during the stay at home order. The Governor also signed an executive order that waives penalties for property taxes applicable to residential and small businesses paid after April 10 for …

Founder Yelena Katchko Featured in Los Angeles Business Journal Article on The State of Social Equity in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Business Journal Recently, the Los Angeles Business Journal featured Katchko, Vitiello & Karikomi, PC founder Yelena Katchko in a hard hitting article on the state of the Los Angeles Social Equity Program. Read the article here. The Social Equity Program is the third phase of cannabis licensure in Los Angeles, and is designed …

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