June 27th, 2017
We at ABL are so happy to be welcoming Mary Lou Floyd to our team. When you read her bio, you’ll be happy she’s on our side too!
Mary Lou Floyd, CCLS has been a paralegal for over 20 years, has a BA in Criminal Justice, and an MS in Psychology. She has been a member of Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association since 1988, is a past president, and is currently the Parliamentarian. She has taught various legal courses through her local association, Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals. Mary Lou is sometimes called upon to speak at seminars for LSI. Mary Lou has previously taught Parenting Apart workshops through a grant provided to the Mendocino County Superior Court and has acted as a visitation supervisor in Lake County and Mendocino County.
Mary Lou regularly attends legal seminars and continuing education events.
Mary Lou es fluida en español incluyendo la lectura y la escritura*, and she is a Notary Public. She has had extensive experience in both the private sector and non-profit sector. Her responsibilities have been varied over the years from Intensive Treatment Foster Care Case Manager to foster family advocate to paralegal.
In her personal time, Mary Lou enjoys reading, bicycling, exercising, and spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and, friends.
*No culpes a Mary Lou si esto es gramaticalmente incorrecto-su compañero de trabajo Juliet usó Google Translate para esta parte! (English translation of the sentence is "Mary Lou is fluent in Spanish, including speaking and writing.")
February 22nd, 2017
ABL's Facebook Page now has a small assortment of videos about different aspects of Business Law. They're from our "Lunchtime Live with ABL" series, in which our lawyers give talks about different aspects of the law as they might affect your business. Current topics range from "Did You Pick the Right Business Entity" to "HR & Employment Law Tidbits for 2017." The programs often reflect a subject which we cover more extensively in our face-to-face events, but are MUCH shorter so you still have time to relax during your lunchtime (or whenever you watch the videos!).
We at ABL value the opportunity to educate folks about Business Law, and especially how the Law affects small businesses. We hope you'll take advantage of these free videos to enrich your own business operations and practices. We'll be adding to the videos monthly.
Are you interested in attending our next Lunchtime Live with ABL? Just check out our Events page to get more info!
January 6th, 2017
Compliance Alert! Annual Corporate Meetings
California requires your corporation and some LLCs to hold annual corporate shareholders and board meetings. Has your corporation done this lately? It can be easy to get busy and forget about this essential requirement-- even on an annual basis!
Not sure how to run your annual meeting? Need help with minutes or meetings? Don't have the time to handle them yourself? ABL
can handle it for you for a simple flat fee. Contact us
December 31st, 2016
Does all of this Holiday Hubbub have you hankering for a bit of Business Law News?
Our newsletter was published early this month, but it still makes for some interesting reading!
October 5th, 2016
We're so happy to have Jackie & Juliet on the ABL Team!
Jackie is an Associate Attorney specializing in all aspects of business law. She brings with her experience in managing artists and their intellectual property, as well as representing clients in varied employment, family and business matters. She is compassionate and enjoys working directly with owners, entrepreneurs, and employees to help their small businesses and ideas succeed and grow.
Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2004, and Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2010. While there, she served as notes and comments editor of the Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law and earned a certificate in Intellectual Property, Information and Media Law. Prior to entering private practice, she served a one-year term as law clerk to the Honorable Mary F. Thurber, J.S.C.
Most of Jackie's free time is spent outdoors with her two dogs. She also enjoys active travels with her family, exploring new countries and cultures.
Juliet W. Hattersley
Hired as our Executive Admin, Juliet’s skill set includes almost everything in what she calls the “Word Pedant’s Gamut.” She has written articles about parliamentary process, help files, and procedural manuals; helped design disaster recovery plans; and has edited pieces ranging from novels to nonfiction. Juliet will write many of ABL’s unique newsletter articles and will be our newsletter editor. Juliet will also be the Check-in Person for our Startup Series. Need to get a hold of her? Just send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juliet has been a called “a goddess of helpfulness,” and hopes this title fits both at home and at work. In her free time, Juliet writes haiku, takes Tribal Fusion belly dance classes, drinks caffeinated beverages, chews bubblegum, and hangs out with her partner, Paul, and their cats.
July 27th, 2016
Did you know that 55% of US workers don’t take their vacation time? According to Project: Time Off, that's 658 million unused vacation days in 2015 alone.
In the age of unlimited vacation days and companies who offer generic "paid time off" instead of traditional accrued paid vacation days, workers are less likely than ever to take the time off allotted to them. From an employer's perspective, it may seem that a workaholic employee is nothing but a boon. That's more work that gets done for less money, right?
But think again. Overwork and over-stress can lead to fatigue, illness, and just plain bad morale. A happy worker is a productive worker, and taking vacations is associated with increased happiness.
Letting an employee take vacation time is only a small part of what you can do as employer to make sure your employees are happy and productive. Creating a work environment where time off is supported and encouraged will encourage the employee to actually take that time. And if you'd like to make your employees even happier, studies show that active investment into your employees' support and satisfaction create a more productive workplace. Creating a workspace that encourages collaboration, support, mission-driven purpose, and mindfulness has been shown to increase employee happiness at work.
So next time you're thinking about cutting corners and discouraging time off or fun time in your office, think instead about the long-term benefits of loyal, happy, and healthy workers who will, in the end, increase your bottom line.
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March 11th, 2016
Couldn't make it to the last Startup Series about picking the right business entity? Here's a tidbit from the program last month.
- While Operating Agreements are not always required by the state, ABL recommends you set one up if becoming an LLC. An Operating Agreement should flesh out how you plan to structure your business, how finances will be handled, member relationships and responsibilties, and more.
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