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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand San Francisco Employment Attorneys
Our experienced San Francisco employment attorneys & lawyers can help guide you on how to proceed with various employee decisions such as reviewing employee documents such as contracts, agreements, policies, and handbooks, along with difficult decisions such as firing, lawsuits, claims, and complaints.
Although not every single employment contract will require legal assistance, many employment lawyers would recommend avoiding unilateral employment contracts that strongly benefit one side over the other. These types of employee contracts rarely hold up in court, yet having the funds needed to combat an issue in court can limit the employee's options.
A confidentiality agreement and a non-compete agreement are common forms of employee contracts that one of our San Francisco employment attorneys can help customize for your business. If your business needs to fire an employee, proper measures should be taken from a business legal standpoint to ensure proper communication and a smooth transition of dismissing that employee. In any case, we suggest you connect with our employment attorneys to discuss your options.
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What are Incentive Stock Options?
Incentive stock options (ISOs) are a type of stock option typically given to key employees or management to purchase stock in the company and can result in a better tax treatment.
Incentive Stock Options vs. Nonqualified Stock Options
Other options that may be available to employees who are not considered key employees or upper management may be eligible for nonqualified stock options or NSOs.
Unlike NSOs, an ISO would be treated favorably for tax purposes. When an ISO is exercised, the employee need not claim the income. When they sell the stock, the gains are taxed as ordinary income rates rather than at capital gains rates. It is important to be aware that the tax benefits are lost if the employee who is entitled to ISOs sells the stock immediately; if they sell immediatel
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Why Is Preferred Stock Important?
Preferred stock gives you a financing alternative to taking on debt. You generally maintain greater control over your company than if you issue new common shares.
You can also remain flexible for future financing rounds by keeping debt off of your balance sheet and retaining a call opt
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- Hire a patent attorney to file your application. With this option, you will hire a patent agent or attorney who will help you perform the research and fill out the patent application with the USPTO. This route can run anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the complexity and amount of time the application takes.
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What Are Payroll Taxes?
Payroll taxes are taxes which are imposed on employers and employees by federal, state, and local governments. Payroll tax is different than income tax since payroll tax is all the other taxes that aren’t income taxes that are taken out of your check.
The employer and employee split payroll tax half and half. The employer is required to withhold the amount of the employee's share of the payroll tax and submit to the IRS and the state along with payroll tax return.
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Skip the withholding and reporting requirements
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