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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“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 […]


The Successful Beer: Hops, Grains, Water, Yeast and Trademarks?

On January 5, 2015, NPR published an article: “Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Names, And Into Legal Spats.” As the title suggests, this article discussed the obstacles facing craft brewers who wish to choose unique and appealing names for their brands, especially within such a popular industry and, thus, saturated market. “For newcomers to the […]


Thinking of Bringing Your Own Wine To A Restaurant?

It is common for wine enthusiasts to bring their own bottles of wine to their favorite restaurants, rather than opting to “cheers” to one on the restaurant’s designated wine list. This “BYOW” practice gives customers the freedom to bring their favorite wines to participating restaurants; allowing special wines to be shared and drank with ease […]