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5 FAQs About California's New Board Diversity Law

California passed SB 826 this month, which requires publicly traded companies headquartered in the state to have at least one woman on their board by the end of 2019, and even more phased in by 2021, depending on the size of the board. This is the first of its kind in the US, and people have many questions. We have a few answers.

Fewer Female CEOs on Forbes 500 List

We generally think of the progress of women in the workplace as being on an upward trajectory. There are laws against gender and pregnancy discrimination in employment, and companies are under pressure to deal with their sexual harassment problems, especially in light of the current #MeToo movement. 

Along these lines, many women also occupy leadership roles within powerful companies. However, according to the latest Fortune 500 list, the number of female CEOs has actually declined from last year.

Should Landlords Incorporate?

To incorporate or not to incorporate? Small business owners in every industry ask themselves this question. Forming a corporation or an LLC involves paperwork and money, while running things as a sole proprietor can expose you to some potentially tricky liability and tax questions. When it comes to landlords, it really comes down to whether the benefits of incorporation are worth the cost.

Chicago KFC Can't Market Muslim-Friendly Chicken, Court Rules

Here's a court case made for the drive-through. A federal court in Chicago has ruled that Afzal Lokhandwala, owner of several Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in the area, can keep selling halal chicken at his restaurants -- he just can't advertise it as halal chicken. The case offers a good example of how franchise agreements can control certain aspects of a franchisee's business and the problems that can pose for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs are natural self-starters with a belief they can do it all themselves, including all of the incorporation work necessary to start a small business. (And with some of the resources available on the internet, sometimes they might be right.)

But incorporation can be a tricky thing to get right. And if you're starting a nonprofit to do good, make sure you do it well. That may mean hiring an attorney to help you with starting a nonprofit.

It's one of those terms you hear in business circles, but have a hard time defining: silent partner. It sounds pretty cool, but what does it actually mean?

And if you know it means someone who backs a business financially while backing away from the day-to-day operations, you may know just enough to get yourself into trouble. Here's what you really need to know about bringing on silent partners to your small business.

It was probably just a pipe dream, the thought that now that weed was legalized in the Golden State, drones could start dropping doobies from the sky. And not just the hazy hops of lazy stoners -- cannabusinesses too would've loved to offer the service to customers.

Alas, California's buzzkill Bureau of Cannabis Control has already shot down drone pot delivery, before it even got off the ground.

While the flashy pseudo-sharing economy start-ups like Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and TaskRabbit are known for popularizing the building of empires off the exploitation of contractors, the current trend is pushing away from the contractor-based employment model.

As many companies that utilize contractor based services have learned in the past, mischaracterizing employees as contractors can be a costly, multi-million dollar, mistake. Here are the top three advantages for businesses that choose to hire full time employees rather than rely on contractors.

While racial, cultural, religious, and other forms of diversity are celebrated in American culture, businesses often find that their teams lack diversity. For businesses, small and large, diversity is a good thing as it can provide a multiplicity of perspectives within an organization. And diverse perspectives can help your business attract diverse customers and clients.

But how do you recruit diverse candidates and increase workplace diversity without actually discriminating? Below you'll find 3 tips to help legally improve workplace diversity.

The story has become so common, it's hard to even distinguish the cases: same-sex couple goes to wedding vendor; vendor refuses service based on religious beliefs; same-sex couple sues for discrimination; and a court rules in favor of same-sex couple.

This time is was the Washington State Supreme Court, ruling that a florist's refusal to provide flowers for a former customer's same-sex wedding violated state civil rights laws. Here's a look at the ruling at how it might affect your small business.