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New Year, New Employment Laws Impacting Employers for 2018

Please see the following new laws, effective January 1, 2018, which may impact your business directly if you have employees in California: Minimum Wage Increase On January 1, 2018, the California state minimum wage increases to $11.00 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees.  Small businesses with 25 or fewer employees will continue to pay… Read More »

Estate and Gift Tax 2018 Inflation Adjustments

On October 19, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2017-58, the annual inflation adjustments for 2018 for many tax provisions, including exemptions for estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes as well as the annual exclusion amount for gifts as follows: Estate, Gift and GST Tax Exemption Increases to $5,600,000.  For estates of decedents who pass… Read More »

Independent Contractor or Employee?

According to the California Court of Appeal in Linton v. DeSoto Cab Co. Inc., Calif. Ct. App., No. A146162 (Oct. 5, 2017), a California trial court applied the wrong legal standards and therefore erred in concluding that a cab driver was an independent contractor rather than an employee. The trial court had ruled in favor… Read More »

Congrats Orange County Ronald McDonald House

On October 12 the Orange County Ronald McDonald House presented their signature fall event – Dusk at the Grove. Rose Kottke of Palmieri Tyler, a long-time sponsor of the event, would like to thank the volunteers and donors who helped the Orange County Ronald McDonald House realize over $144,000 in revenue from this event. The… Read More »


USCIS published a revised version of I-9 Form; employers must begin using it by September 18, 2017 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of the I-9 Form.  Employers must begin using the new version by September 18, 2017.  This is the second update in less than one year.  The… Read More »

Welcome Steven Oh

Palmieri Tyler welcomes Associate Attorney Steven Oh to the Corporate Practice Group.  Mr. Oh graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D./LL.M., Taxation with distinction, 2014). Mr. Oh’s practice is focused on corporate entity structure as well as related estate planning and wealth preservation matters.

Welcome Jane Donahue Davalos

Palmieri Tyler welcomes Associate Attorney Jane Donahue Davalos to the Estate Planning & Wealth Protection Group.  Ms. Davalos graduated from Santa Clara University, School of Law, J.D. (2012). Ms. Davalos’ practice is primarily focused on estate planning and wealth preservation matters.


New fathers are beginning to request time off from work to care for newborn children with increasing frequency. While historically there has been some stigma attached to this, fathers are becoming much more willing to avail themselves of paternity leave as it becomes more readily available. This paradigm shift is likely to continue for the… Read More »

In Memoriam – James Eugene Wilhelm 1940 – 2017

On Monday, May 29, 2017, James E. Wilhelm, one of Palmieri Tyler’s founding partners, passed away peacefully at the age of 76 in San Diego, California. Jim was born in Southgate, California on November 2, 1940 to Dolores and Jim Wilhelm.  Jim earned his B.A. from California State University, Long Beach and his J.D. from… Read More »


Current Drug Use Not Protected Under ADA A recent federal court decision is a good reminder that applicants or employees who currently use illegal drugs or marijuana or abuse alcohol are not protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Conduct is key: The disease of addiction… Read More »