November 26, 2020 I am writing to let you know about a recent development in federal tax law that could have major implications for the residents of California. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “TCJA”) severely limited the federal income tax deduction for state and local taxes (SALT). Taxpayers in high taxed states, such as California, have been most affected by this change. In response, several states have restructured their tax systems in an effort to provide some relief to their residents. This month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) approved one such state tax regime. See attached and here.
With the rise of eCommerce and remote working, the importance of computers in business has never been more apparent. But what kind of computers does your small business need? Should you invest in desktops or laptops? Consider the following when weighing your options. Portability The pandemic has driven the majority of businesses to adopt remote work setups. If your business will implement a similar arrangement, investing in laptops is the smart move, as your staff can easily take their device with them anywhere they want to work. However, there may be instances when this can turn out to be counterproductive:…
Do you think you have a solid idea for change in your company? Tell somebody! Tell them your idea. Or do it yourself. Make the change that YOU want to make. We all have the next best idea, hidden in our minds. We just need to share it or act on it. I love saying, “Just do it… and, apologize later” 🙋🏻‍♀️ Is there a solid idea that you have, that hasn’t been shared yet? You can tell me. I’m on your side ☺️ #EngagementMachine #leadership #bethechangeHR
Things are changing. More people have more information than ever before. Product and service life cycles seem to be getting faster and faster. Teams have increasingly diverse viewpoints, educations and backgrounds among their members. Do these and other changes represent a threat or do they give us an opportunity? For me, the answer to that depends on your skill as a leader. Getting Away From Style Leaders develop skills through focused practice. Sometimes, if you concentrate on just a few, you start to identify with those skills. You start to think of them as your style. This limits you, especially…
The holiday season in Las Vegas is not canceled. Many local business owners are finding new ways to host safe holiday events. In order to adhere to social distancing restrictions,  typical holiday plans have changed and businesses are turning to digital marketing tactics to assist with getting the word out about their events. Here are three ways you can promote your holiday extravaganza and ensure a positive attendance. Sell Tickets Early In past years, businesses have typically begun promoting their holiday events later in the season. This year, however, capacity restrictions are forcing business owners to reach out to locals…
For a majority of employer-sponsored group disability plans, coverage for a disability linked to COVID-19 is likely to depend on each individual plan’s definition of “disability.” Although definitions may differ from plan to plan, most plans typically state that an employee is considered disabled if he or she is unable to perform the duties of his or her occupation. Employees that test positive for COVID-19 but only experience minor symptoms will probably not qualify as disabled under their employer’s group plan; however, those who are severely affected by coronavirus may be eligible for benefits. Long-Term Disability Plans Most long-term disability…
Originally passed in October 2017, Senate Bill 384 (SB-384) aims to change lifelong sex offender registration and opens many doors for their professional careers beginning January 1, 2021.  What is SB-384? Under the current registration system, those charged with committing sex-related crimes are required to register with local law enforcement agencies. Currently, in California, offenders are required to have lifetime registration in the California Sex and Arson Registry (CSAR) database. Additionally, they are required to renew this registration yearly and anytime they change their residence. With SB- 384 in place, eligible offenders who meet specific requirements may qualify to have…
These are some of my favorite items and recommendations for other people working from home. A good notebook Target usually has a pretty good collection. I like the small binder ones best. But something like these nice moleskin ones will do as well. > View on Amazon Wireless Charging Pads We’re done plugging stuff in! If you haven’t gotten yourself a charging pad do yourself the favor. > View on Amazon A smart watch Maybe you didn’t want this on your wrist when you were going out everywhere — but now…now you’re just stuck at home. And you live in the future! We have the ability to monitor medical information…
On this day of thanksgiving, we often reflect on the elements of our lives that we are grateful for and the ways that we’ve learned and grown in the last year. While it is essential to look at these areas of growth, you should also reflect on the root of your passions, such as hobbies and interests, but even more so on your work as a lawyer.  Does your law firm have a strong brand story that shares your passion and expertise with your audience? Here are four ways to share your passion and gratitude through your brand story.   …