Employer Responsibilities for Workplace Safety in Silicon Valley
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Employer Responsibilities for Workplace Safety in Silicon Valley

In Silicon Valley and throughout California, employers are required to maintain safe and healthy workplaces and be in compliance with federal OSHA as well as CAL/OSHA safety standards. Current state workplace standards were established by the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 and updated in 1991 to require all employers to implement a…

Human Resources Basics for Palo Alto Businesses
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Human Resources Basics for Palo Alto Businesses

For Silicon Valley businesses to be successful, it is essential to have a deliberate process in place for hiring and managing employees. Employees are the backbone of any organization; exceptional employees can make your company excel, while just a few bad apples can cost you thousands in hiring and training, not to mention the intangible…

Starting a Home-Based Business
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Starting a Home-Based Business

Important Considerations when Starting a Home-Based Business in Silicon Valley Many aspiring entrepreneurs in the Bay Area start small. For example, most of us are familiar with the story of how Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the garage of Jobs’ Los Altos home. Today, and largely due to the contributions made by Apple…

Myth-Busting for Startups in Silicon Valley
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Myth-Busting for Startups in Silicon Valley

The Bay Area, and particularly Silicon Valley, is home to more startups than virtually any other region in the country. Thousands in this area are working on the “next big thing” that will hopefully change the world (and make them wealthy in the process). To be successful in a startup, however, you need more than just a great idea;…

Non-Compete Agreements: Are they Enforceable in Silicon Valley?
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Non-Compete Agreements: Are they Enforceable in Silicon Valley?

If you have a business in the San Francisco Bay Area or anywhere else in California, you may want to use non-compete agreements to protect yourself against ex-employees or ex-partners competing against you. This sort of thing is common in Silicon Valley, where employees of the latest and greatest tech companies are always looking for…