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31 Oct 2017
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New Leave of Absence and Salary Information Laws

On October 12, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation mandating that small businesses provide a new, protected leave of absence (SB 63), and a second piece of legislation, which bans employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history (AB 168). Both bills take effect on January 1, 2018.

SB 63 will require employers to provide 12 weeks of baby bonding leave to employees in addition to the myriad of other leaves of absence programs California already imposes. This bill affects small employers with as few as 20 employees and applies to those employees who:

  • Worked more than 12 months;
  • Worked at least 1,250 hours of service during the prior 12-month period; and
  • Work at a worksite where there are at least 20 employees within a 75-mile radius.

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26 Sep 2017
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Proposed Employment Laws

I am following up with you all from my article last month about Estate Planning…have you made an appointment with someone yet? Since then, I have had my sister, a close client and my mother in the hospital. Prior to admission, everyone was “healthy”. Everything is fine now, but there were some scary moments. I mention this as a helpful nudge toward making that first step toward planning your estate.

The other side of my law practice is business law, primarily representing small business owners. Employment law is absolutely out of control in California. Full compliance and the elimination of risk is impossible for any company…even those with hundreds of in-house lawyers. A great resource for changes to employment law is HR California, CalChamber. They have a Free Newsletter that notifies you of changes to the law (Fed, State and some local) and they track legislation before it becomes law, which gives us the opportunity to contact our State representatives and express our opinion.  For all of these reasons, I encourage you to sign up!

Here’s what’s on the Governor’s desk with an October 15 deadline to sign or veto:

SB 63 (Jackson) — JOB KILLER

If signed into law, SB 63 would require employers to provide 12 weeks of baby bonding leave to employees in addition to the myriad of other leaves of absence programs California already imposes. This bill targets small employers with as few as 20 employees and applies to those employees who:

  • Worked more than 12 months;
  • Worked at least 1,250 hours of service during the prior 12-month period; and
  • Work at a worksite where there is at least 20 employees within a 75 mile radius.

Combined with other protected leaves, the bill could result in small employers having to provide up to seven months of protected leave for the same employee.

In addition, the bill carries the threat of litigation for employers. SB 63 labels an employer’s failure to provide a requested leave as an “unlawful employment practice.” The employer is subject to a lawsuit should the employee allege that his or her employer:

  • Did not provide the 12 weeks of protected leave;
  • Failed to return the employee to the same or comparable position;
  • Failed to maintain benefits while the employee was out on leave; or
  • Took any adverse employment action against the employee for taking the leave.

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25 Aug 2017
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5 Top Questions About Estate Planning

Plans are nothing. Planning is everything. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

I don’t like to gamble, but I will bet most people fear the process of creating an estate plan, which is why many people don’t have one. Don’t worry, the State of California has a backup for those of us who haven’t put an estate plan in place. It might not be the plan of their choice, but the Probate Court will develop a solution…over the course of a year or two.

What many don’t know is that most estate planning attorneys do not charge for the initial meeting where clients can learn about what is involved in “estate planning”. The hardest thing for most people is making the appointment. After all, this involves discussing something most of us don’t want to consider–what happens after we are no longer around.

Here are the top questions many people have about estate planning:

1. Is a Will sufficient? A Will is better than nothing as it allows one to direct who is to be in charge of managing the estate and how the assets are to be distributed. However, a Will covering real estate or financial assets that are in excess of $150,000 will still need to be handled by the Probate Court.

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21 Jul 2017
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4 Tips for Creating Awesome Tweets

Want to Know How to Write the Perfect Twitter Post for Your Business?

Minor tweaks to the text in your tweets can drive huge improvements in your results. Here are 4 tips for creating awesome tweets:

1. Try to avoid using all 140 characters

Rumors are always out there about Twitter’s character limit, tweets still come with a maximum of 140 characters. However, any images, videos, polls, or tweets that you quote don’t count against your 140 characters.

PRO TIP; Tweets shorter than 100 characters get a 17 percent higher engagement rate. And more recently, Twitter shared that Promoted Tweets with 40-60 characters of copy result in a much lower Cost Per Acquisition (CPA), also known as “Cost Per Action” than longer Tweets.

If you want to make an impact with your tweet, try to keep it as short as possible.

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26 Jun 2017
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6 Tips for Creating Engaging Instagram Posts

Do You Know How to Create the Perfect Instagram Post? Here are six tips on how to create engaging posts that attract attention.

1. Grab your readers attention in the first line of your post.

Posting in Instagram is called a caption, captions are limited to just 2,200 characters, and after three lines of text, they become truncated with an ellipsis.

You want to grab the reader’s attention with your opening line to provide context to your post and encourage them to keep reading further through your caption.

2. Use Instagram Live

Similar to Facebook live, Instagram Live lets you record live video.  The big advantage is it takes visual precedence over “normal Instagram captions,” organized in a neat little row on the top of your screen-the first thing you see when you open the app.

PRO tip:  Think of Instagram Live as its own channel.  Use it to add to your brand’s personality, make your posts fun and engaging.
3. Experiment with micro-blogging

A new trend that’s growing on Instagram is to use the caption much like a short-form blog post to share valuable content with your audience.

Microblogging on Instagram allows you to elaborate a subject in more depth than a quick one or two line caption.For example, you could use Instagram captions to share:

  • Tutorials: You could use the Instagram caption to share a tutorial or how to with your audience. For example, if you’re sharing an image of some food, you could share the recipe in the caption.
  • Tips and tricks: Bite-sized snippets related to the theme of your Instagram post. For example, accompanying an image of a beautiful workspace you could write about tips to create a productive work environment.
  • Behind-the-scenes: Take your audience behind the scenes by using the caption to tell the story behind the image. For example, if you’re sharing an image of a team member, you could expand on their story of their role at the company.

A couple of examples of micro-blogging on Instagram include: Jordan Syatt (@SyattFitness) and Steve Babcock (@stevehappens).

4. Add hashtags


Hashtags allow Instagrammers to discover content and accounts to follow. A hashtag is a type of metadata tag used on social network and microblogging services which makes it easier for users to find messages with a specific theme or content.


Think of them as keywords, #CampbellChamber would add that keyword to your caption. If someone was searching for Campbell Chamber your caption could show up.


Research from Track Maven found that posts with over 11 hashtags tend to get more engagement.  Experiment with adding various hashtags to your posts and see how they affect your reach and engagement.


PRO tip: We recommend adding hashtags as comments so they do not take up your 2,200-character caption limit.


5. Encourage replies


Asking your followers to respond directly to your post is one of the best ways to increase engagement on your Instagram posts. For example, my biz partner captioned a recent Instagram post about sneakers:  “I love sneakers. What’s your favorite sneaker?”


Think about questions you can ask and ways you can encourage your audience to comment on your Instagram posts. Often, all it takes is a little nudge to get the conversation flowing.


Additional helpful information when using Instagram:

Ideal image sizes for Instagram

You can now upload landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) photos to Instagram as well as traditional square images. Here are the best sizes for Instagram’s three image types:

Square Instagram image

The ideal size for a square Instagram image is 1080px in width by 1080px in height.
Vertical Instagram image

The ideal size for a vertical Instagram image is 1080px in width by 1350px in height.
Horizontal Instagram image

The ideal size for a horizontal Instagram image is 1080px in width by 566px in height. 


29 May 2017
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5 Tips for Creating Engaging Posts in Facebook

No matter what type of posts you share on Facebook, the text you add alongside your content (image, video, meme…) can be key in how it helps your company’s engagement with Facebook followers.

Here are a few tips to creating awesome text to boost your reach and engagement:

1. Use a list

People love lists!  Lists work great for giving context and invoking intrigue. Try breaking out some of the key points from your Facebook post into a few quick bullet points to include within your status.

2. Ask a question

Questions are a great way to pique interest as someone scrolls through their Facebook feed. Questions can often turn an average status into a great one.

For example, instead of:

  • Here’s our complete guide to Facebook Ads

You could include a question to make the headline more interesting:

  • Stuck on Facebook Advertising? We’re Here to Help! Here’s our complete guide!

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23 May 2017
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Member Spotlight: Tina Fisher Rita’s Ice of Campbell

Tina Fisher of Rita’s of Campbell has been a member of the Campbell Chamber of Commerce for over 4 years. She has also been a Chamber Ambassador for several years.   She was voted Ambassador of the year for 2015 and received an award at the Celebrate Campbell event held in March 2016.

Tina attends several mixers, luncheons, ribbon cutting events and really enjoys connecting other business owners to each other. She feels that the stronger the community, the better for all involved. She also believes that we can all help each other in some way to make a stronger and thriving community for everyone to enjoy. Read more!

24 Apr 2017
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Opening A Business In Campbell

My husband, Arlin, and I just finished the process of opening Rita’s of Campbell at 475 E. Campbell Avenue. This was our first experience of going through the process of getting all the necessary permits, licenses and approvals from all the different agencies involved and I thought it would help other small businesses that are looking at opening a business in Campbell CA.

First I want to say that I have been involved with the Campbell Chamber of Commerce for the past 4 years and the fact that the franchise company had the territory of Campbell and Los Gatos available, we just knew that we wanted to open our first shop in Campbell.

I remember the day that I first walked into the City of Campbell to start this process and was greeted by someone from the Campbell Community Development Department, who handed me a stack of forms that I needed to start filling out. It was a little overwhelming to say the least. However, the team at the department understood that this was my first planning project and they walked me through the process of what I had to do. I wanted to try to simplify this process to share with you. Read more!

27 Mar 2017
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Preventing Employee Lawsuits

There is in the Bay Area an epidemic of lawsuits against small and mid-sized businesses by their former and current employees.  Thousands of Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers are trolling on the internet looking for people willing to sue their current or former employer looking to cash in on any alleged violation of hundreds of ridiculously complicated and constantly changing laws.  These lawsuits cost California employers billions of dollars every year.

The most common employee lawsuits are for the following:

  • misclassification of exempt employees and independent contractors
  • wrongful termination and retaliation
  • failure to pay for all hours worked
  • failure to provide proper meal and rest breaks
  • harassment and discrimination
  • pay stub violations
  • failure to pay commissions or bonuses
  • paid sick leave violations
  • improper piece-work pay
  • equal pay violations

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17 Mar 2017
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Member Spotlight: Norcal Brain Center

Norcal Brain Center is a local healthcare clinic that specializes in treating neurological disorders.   We specialize in treating Developmental Disorders such as ADHD or Autism, Dizziness, Migraines, and Concussions.  Our treatments are non-invasive and drug-free, and our goal is to fix the root cause of the issues from which people are suffering.  Our mission is to improve the health of our community so that our future generations can live a brighter and more optimized lifestyle. Read more!