Minimum Wage and Tip-Pooling

by Chris Mason

Wages are a constant pressure point for businesses, especially restaurants. Restaurant owners and managers face relentless pressure to minimize costs — particularly labor costs, which tend to overwhelm their balance sheets. Restaurant employers are understandably worried about the rapidly increasing minimum wage requirements. Just one year ago, most Arizona employers were … [More]

Navigating Arizona’s New LLC Act

by Andy G. Anderson, Esq.

Twenty-seven years ago, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3301 and the price of a gallon of gasoline was $1.05, the Arizona legislature enacted its first Limited Liability Company Act. The prior law has been retired, updated by a comprehensive new law, signed by Gov. Ducey during the 2018 legislative session, that went into effect the first of this … [More]

Employee or Independent Contractor?

by Helen Holden

Imagine this: A business having difficulty attracting and retaining talent posts a job on its website and publicizes the opening on social media. Then, the post is viewed thousands of times, and hundreds of users comment. This sounds like a good outcome — except that the reason the post went viral was that the job was for a “full-time freelancer,” and users began criticizing … [More]

The Marijuana Proposition

by Alejandro Pérez

Marijuana is a booming business and all eyes are on Arizona. With an estimated $400 million in sales for 2018, medical marijuana has proven a lucrative business opportunity. Adding to the excitement, Arizona is gearing up to issue industrial hemp licenses under the Industrial Hemp Program, which is scheduled to go live this summer. Those seeking to enter these markets should be … [More]

Multilevel Marketing – Legal Pitfalls to Avoid

by Shelley Tolman and Marvin Ruth

For decades, multilevel marketing has permeated not only the business landscape but the American home. From Tupperware to jewelry to dietary supplements, the concept is familiar and widely utilized to grow brands from the mom-and-pop level to national powerhouse.  Essentially, a multilevel marketing business model is one in which the company sells products directly to the … [More]