May 15, 2020

As businesses begin planning to reopen, the question that every employer should be asking is not “can we?” but “should we?”   As businesses face a multitude of judgment calls, this should be the question asked throughout the reopening process.  If employers pause and ask “should we?,” they will be able to better navigate the personnel problems that are already surfacing.  

Here are some examples of how this approach will help prevent missteps.

The Reluctant Returnee

Most, but not all, employees are going to be happy to be able to return to work.  You are going to encounter …

May 11, 2020

Last week, Governor Newsom began modifying the stay at home order and released updated industry guidance for businesses to follow as we begin moving into Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap.    As is true for most things related to agriculture in California, the agricultural industry is subject to its own specific rules.  A complete copy of the guidance and checklist published for Agriculture and Livestock is available here. 

Below is a brief summary of steps to comply with these requirements and safely re-open your California agricultural business.  While agriculture is part of the State and nation’s critical infrastructure, and many …

April 3, 2020

By Elizabeth Culley, Principal at Andre, Morris & Buttery

On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) into law.  As part of the CARES Act, $349 billion will be allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), to help small businesses retain employees and cover certain expenses through very favorable Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Loans. 

The PPP Loans are available to small businesses having up to 500 employees.  The PPP increased eligibility for SBA Loans to allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and freelance and gig economy workers to apply …

March 17, 2010

San Luis Obispo – Michael Morris, principal with Andre, Morris & Buttery, was invited by financial advisor Joe Brittingham to speak at a recent seminar on financial planning. Mr. Morris’ PowerPoint presentation, “Estate Tax Repeal and its Effect on Basic Estate Planning” is offered in PDF format via the link below. Additional information is available by contacting Mr. Morris via

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