California business law affects the way that you do business, no matter what sector you work in.

You need to get a handle on the changes in the law so that you are able to tailor your business to
accommodate any issues that could arise. If you are looking to understand a bit more about recent news in the realm of California business law, read on.

3 striking changes in California business law

#1: California Business Law Regarding the Sale of Cannabis

During a landmark election season, California voters opted to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

This law, as outlined by Proposition 64, makes it legal for people who are at least 21 years of age to legally purchase and use https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_64,_Marijuana_Legalization_(2016) marijuana. The state was formally a medical marijuana only law jurisdiction.

Now that people can buy and use marijuana, a number of businesses will jump into the fray to capitalize. This is a huge industry, so you are going to see a lot of recreational marijuana dispensaries, in addition to marijuana merchandise, accessories, education, and events.

It is important to get a handle for how these changes will affect business in general — to include including zoning and taxation modifications.

#2: A Raise in Minimum Wage

One of the most direct changes to California corporate law was the recent change in minimum wage.
Voters boosted the minimum wage to $10.50. This is particularly important to businesses like restaurants, which hire a lot of low wage employees. They will need to bring in a certain amount of business in order to easily account for the minimum wage boosts.

There has been plenty of debate in the political sphere the past few years regarding boosts in the minimum wage. Some small businesses have claimed that they will not be able to keep their doors open with such an increase, while wage earners complain about the difficulty of surviving California’s high cost of living.

We will soon find out the aftermath of this wage increase since it is set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

#3: Environmental Building Laws

It is also important to stay abreast of environmental building laws, as we are moving toward an increasingly green society.

The government is taking note of clean construction and looking for ways to lower emissions. This is particularly important in a state like California, which is high in pollution and has stringent vehicle emissions standards.

Most recently, the Golden State Warriors were hit with a lawsuit, just as they broke ground on their new basketball arena.
This is an example that businesses big and small will need to come into compliance with California’s green building laws.

According to these laws, businesses are obligated to disclose any instances of potential harm to the environment. For instance, a building company would need to thoroughly document and explain fuel leaks that pollute water, or equipment that has heavy smog emissions.

These laws are intended to offset pollution issues, so you can expect the government to have a heavy hand with businesses when enforcing these laws.

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When you want to stay abreast of changes related to California business law, it pays to touch base with the right attorney.
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