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  • July 24, 2020
  • Blog

How You Can Help the San Diego Craft Beer Industry

San Diego is the craft beer hub of the US. It’s one of the things that makes San Diego so unique. With the customer service industry taking the brunt of the COVID-19 economic slowdown, local breweries find themselves in an incredibly tough position. POTENTE is a huge supporter of this...

  • July 09, 2020
  • Blog

U.S. Supreme Court Validates Contraceptive Mandate Exemption for Religious Employers

On July 8, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) that exempts employers with religious and conscientious objections from providing employees healthcare coverage for contraception, is lawful. After the ACA was passed, the final rules required...

  • July 08, 2020
  • Blog

PPP Forgiveness

So you got a PPP loan…now what? Keeping compliant with the PPP, the many changes to its rules, and PPP forgiveness can be a headache. This step-by-step guide may come in handy – but remember, this link is for informational purposes only and merely recites the general rules of the...

  • June 25, 2020
  • Blog

U.S. Supreme Court Extends Title VII Coverage to Gay and Transgender Employees

On June 15th, the United States Supreme Court ruled Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to gay and transgender workers. In a 6-3 decision, the Court held that along with race, color, national origin, religion and sex, employers are now prohibited from discriminating based upon an...

A Message RE: COVID-19 from POTENTE

A message to our global community, The health, safety, and well-being of the POTENTE team, our clients, and the communities in which we live is the most important consideration today and always. As we cope with the ever-changing circumstances related to COVID-19, we believe we have to take unprecedented steps...

CALIFORNIA CONSUMER PRIVACY ACT

TheCalifornia Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), enacted in 2018, creates new consumer rights relating to the access to, deletion of, and sharing of personal information that is collected by businesses. The CCPA took effect on January 1, 2020 and is one of the most significant regulations overseeing the data-collection practices of companies...

TRANSPARENCY IN SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

When you wake up in the morning, what is the first app you open on your phone? Most likely, if you are not checking your emails, you are tuning into Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, or other social media platforms. While most people use social networks for leisure activities and...

IMPORTANT LEGAL UPDATES RE: CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY BILL AB-5 – CLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, the California State Assembly passed AB-5, a bill that impacts the classification of workers, making it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The bill instructs businesses to determine worker classification by using the “ABC test” from the 2018...

EMPLOYEE OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR? – CALIFORNIA ADOPTS MORE RESTRICTIVE “ABC” TEST

Just before the world celebrated May Day, an international day honoring workers, the California Supreme Court changed how independent contractors are classified under state law. This law may affect many industries that routinely rely on the independent contractor classification for its workers. In deciding Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, the...

SHOULD YOUR BUSINESS CONSIDER BECOMING A BENEFIT CORPORATION?

In 2010, Maryland became the first state to authorize benefit corporations. Since then, thirty-one states, including California, have passed benefit corporation laws, making it the most successful social purpose entity in terms of its widespread acceptance amongst companies and legislatures. The primary aspect of the benefit corporation which makes it...

UPDATE: Federal Judge Blocks New Overtime Law

Last week, a Texas federal judge halted the implementation of a federal overtime rule, which would have substantially increased the federal salary threshold for overtime pay exemptions. The Texas court granted a national injunction – which is a legal term basically meaning ‘maintaining the status quo’ –preventing the salary threshold...

WHAT MAKES A FRANCHISE?

If you are a business owner with multiple locations or you’re looking to expand your current operation to new locations, it is important to know if you’re considered a franchise or not. It does not matter what label the parties to an agreement put on a transaction (i.e., license, joint...