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What Restaurants and Other Retailers Should Know About California’s New Mandatory Sick Leave Law

Restaurants, wineries, breweries and other businesses in California may need to restructure their instituted sick leave policies following the passing of The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 and Assembly Bill No. 304 in 2015. California’s newly adopted law, which became effective in July 2015, makes employees of California businesses entitled to at least […]

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Napa County, California: Land Use Regulations And The Debate Over Tourism Versus Agriculture

In an effort to alleviate concerns regarding the rate of Napa Valley’s expansion, officials in the region are considering whether to increase the minimum parcel size required for establishing new wineries. In a hearing held on April 27, 2015, Napa County’s Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee aimed to “address the balance between winery tourism and agriculture,” […]

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“Breakpoint” For Commercial Retail Leases

In large metropolitan areas, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York City, commercial real estate leases often differ from residential leases in that they offer the landlord the opportunity to accumulate not only rent payments, but a portion of the tenant’s financial success as well. By drafting a lease that includes provisions for […]

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Business Structuring Options for New Brewers and Winemakers

Start up wineries and breweries have a few options allowing them to get a head start on their manufacturing operations with little investment. As opposed to beginning a conventional winemaking or brewing operation, which requires a business to lock down a winery or brewery premises, buy equipment, and incur other overhead costs prior to manufacturing, a […]