Key Points Elected officials are now universally subject to the Levine Act, the primary California pay-to-play statute. Elected and appointed officials cannot accept or solicit a campaign contribution for 12 months following the date a decision is made concerning licenses, permits, land use entitlements, and certain contracts (Covered Proceedings) before the Board. In some circumstances, an official can cure violations of the Levine Act by returning the contribution. The FPPC's General Counsel has concluded that the new law applies retroactively to contributions received and proceedings conducted throughout 2022...
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On October 21, 2022, the IRS announced in Notice 2022-55 cost-of-living adjustments to the tax-qualified retirement plan dollar limits for 2023. Most of the applicable dollar limits currently effective for 2022 will increase substantially compared with prior years. Below is a summary of the limits that are generally relevant for most retirement plans. Effective January 1, 2023: The elective deferral limit for 401(k), 403(b), and eligible 457(b) plans is increased from $20,500 to $22,500. The catch-up contribution limit for those aged 50 or older is increased from $6,500 to $7,500...
November 17, 2022 (Sacramento, CA) - Hanson Bridgett LLP is pleased to announce that David Cameron has joined the firm's Sacramento office as a partner in the Government Section and the Water Law Practice Group. "David is a key addition to our Water Law Practice Group and we're thrilled he has joined us,” said Nathan Metcalf, Water Law Practice Group Leader. "His extensive experience representing public agencies and private organizations, and guiding clients through their water rights issues, adds great strength to our bench. He is a respected water law attorney in the Sacramento area and across California and brings a high-level of expertise and reputation to our firm...
Hanson Bridgett Partner Alfonso Estrada Recognized as Leading Labor & Employment Attorney by the Los Angeles Business Journal
October 25, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) – Hanson Bridgett LLP is pleased to announce that partner Alfonso Estrada, Co-Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Section, has been selected by the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) as one of the 2022 Leaders of Influence - Labor & Employment Attorneys. This is the first time the LABJ has recognized leading labor and employment attorneys. "It's an honor to be part of this inaugural group," Estrada said. "Labor and employment issues can be very complex and clients need top-notch counsel. I'm committed to ensuring that my clients get the very best legal advice, whether that be in the boardroom or the courtroom...
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