What Do Small Businesses in California Need to Know about the Law?

In California, most laws apply to small businesses the same as to large businesses. One exception is employment laws, many of which only apply to businesses with a certain number of employees (a common threshold is 5 employees). Other areas are industry specific, such as more regulations that apply to large banks but not small banks.

Other than that, most laws, rules and regulations are essentially the same for small and large companies alike, such as business structures, business names, licenses and permits, intellectual property, consumer rights, and more.

Of course, taxes vary depending on how much money a business makes. Many cities exempt small businesses from paying local income taxes.

See our Guide to Laws for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in California for more.


  • Tristan Blaine

    Tristan Blaine is the founder of Law Soup Media, and has been a licensed attorney since 2013.

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