Articles & Publications

By Stanley E. Heyman

Aug 04, 2015

Significant changes to the due dates of federal tax returns for certain business entities have been made. As part of the “Surface Transportation And Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act Of 2015” signed into law by President Obama on July 31, 2015, effective for tax returns to be filed for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015, the due date for partnership income tax returns, which would include limited liability companies being taxed as partnerships, has been moved up to 2-1/2 months after the close of the tax year from 3-1/2 months.

By Ron S. Brand

Aug 04, 2015

Significant amendments to California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (also known as the California Paid Sick Leave Law) went into effect immediately upon Governor Jerry Brown’s signature on Assembly Bill no. 304 on July 13, 2015. Here are some of the important amendments:

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By Ron S. Brand

Jul 16, 2015

On July 1, 2015, the recent amendments to the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) regulations went  into effect. Employers who are covered by the CFRA should be aware of these changes as they will impact how they handle family and medical leave for employees under California law.

Here are a few of the important changes:

By Alene M. Taber

Jun 03, 2015

A mid-sized trucking company out of Bakersfield, Randy’s Trucking, has agreed to pay nearly $525,000 to California for violating several diesel truck regulations.  One regulation, the Truck and Bus Rule, requires yearly turnover of fleets through engine retrofits or replacements.  By 2023, the regulation will ensure that all trucks operating on California roads will be equipped with a model year engine 2010 or newer.  The regulation was first adopted in 2008 at the pinnacle of the recession and its standards continue to cause financial hardship for the trucking industry even as the economy

By Ron S. Brand

May 13, 2015

Starting July 1, 2015, most California employers will be required to provide paid sick leave to their employees under the Healthy Workplace Health Family Act of 2014 (AB 1422) (“Paid Sick Leave Law”). Under the Paid Sick Leave Law, an employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the beginning of employment, is entitled to paid sick leave. Employees, including part-time and temporary employees, must earn at least one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked.

By Sheri L. Marvin, Shannon Mandich

May 05, 2015

Mortgage lenders should be preparing to implement the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (“TRID”) Rule, which is scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2015 and applies to most closed-end consumer mortgages. Issued in November 2013, the TRID Rule amends portions of Parts 1024 and 1026 of Title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

By Michele Staples, Paige H. Gosney

Apr 06, 2015

On April 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 imposing, for the first time in California history, mandatory water use restrictions aimed at achieving a statewide 25 percent reduction in potable urban water use compared with 2013 levels.  The Order directs the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) to develop, impose and enforce the mandatory water reduction measures against the more than 3,000 urban water providers throughout California.  The State Water Board is expected to impose the new restrictions by mid-May 2015, establishing a different targ

By Stanley E. Heyman

Dec 12, 2014

Effective for 2014, taxpayers who exchange real property located in California for like-kind properties located outside of California in a tax-deferred like-kind exchange will need to file an annual information return with the State of California. A new California tax form, Franchise Tax Board ("FTB") Form 3840, California Like-Kind Exchanges, will be utilized to report the exchange and a separate FTB Form 3840 is required for each exchange completed.

By Stanley E. Heyman, Douglas F. Landrum

Nov 06, 2014

This month the voters of the City and County of San Francisco narrowly rejected Proposition G which would have allowed San Francisco to impose an additional transfer tax (ranging from 14%-24% of the total sale price) on certain multi-unit residential properties within San Francisco that were sold within five years of acquisition. This proposed tax, although rejected by the voters, is part of a pattern by some California cities and counties to seek additional revenues from transfer taxes associated with real estate transactions and/or entities that own real estate.

By Abe Cook, A. Miles Carter

Sep 29, 2014

On September 26, 2014, developers of condominium projects throughout the country achieved a major victory, as President Obama signed H.R. 2600 into law.   When it becomes effective,  H.R. 2600 will amend 15 U.S.C. 1702 of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (“ILSA”) to exempt condominiums from the filing, registration and disclosure requirements of ILSA.  H.R. 2600 drew wide-ranging, bipartisan support with both the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously voting to adopt the amendment.