California Revamps the Fair Pay Act

In 2016, the California Fair Pay Act was enacted into law. It is one of the first of its kind to forbid employers from paying workers of different sexes less money for “substantially similar work,” as opposed to “equal work,” making it more difficult to justify discriminatory pay. This law was also one of the…

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The Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act

Sweat equity is the term used to refer to an employee’s labor that is invested into an asset as opposed to equity bought with capital. Ideally, it would be fair for all employees whose sweat equity increases the value of a private company to share in the ownership of that company. But under current tax…

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Trump’s Tax Proposals for the New Year

President-elect Trump has proposed to simplify the tax code after his inauguration in 2017. His tax plan is available on his campaign website, aided by his various statements concerning tax reform which are contained in other press releases. To reduce complexity, Trump would eliminate the personal exemption and head of household filing status. He also…

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Water and the Internet of Things 2017

I became interested in water and the Internet of Things (“IoT”) two years ago when I had a below ground water leak at home that resulted in a large water bill.(1). Since I live in the Silicon Valley, California, the high tech capital of the world, I thought there should be a better way to track…

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