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Welcome to the Official Blog of Simas & Associates, Ltd. Below, please find recent postings from our firm in regards to items of interest concerning our law firm, our cities, state, and nation, and our legal practice areas and service. We try to update frequenty, so check back often.

Introduction to Sweepstakes Law

Gambling is again on the forefront of the public conscious as a number of states have recently taken notice to the proliferation of fantasy sports – and daily fantasy sports in particular. Many of the states are staking their position on the lack of skill required to prevail in fantasy sports as the reason for […]

November 30, 2015

80th Anniversary of First Public CSLB Meeting

Eighty years ago today, on November 18, 1935, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) held its first public Board meeting. The meeting took place at the State Office Building in downtown Sacramento. CSLB was not always a Board. A bill to create the Board did not pass in its original form. Instead, the Contractors’ License […]

November 18, 2015

Importance of Employee Background Checks

If you own your own business, you have a duty to your company and your employees to conduct background checks before you hire new people. Conducting background screening is quickly becoming standard practice in many workplaces and businesses – even all across the world. Every type of organization is mitigating their risk by conducting a […]

November 14, 2015

Steven Simas to Present before SLO County Bar, Criminal Law Section

On November 12, 2015, Steven L. Simas will be presenting before the Criminal Defense Law Section of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association. The topic of the presentation is “Between a Rock and a Hard Place – When Criminal Law Overlaps Administrative Law.” Mr. Simas is the founding member of the firm and graduated […]

November 5, 2015

Higher Fines for Harming Fido

Harsher laws may be in store for violating the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.  The Veterinary Medical Board (the “VMB” or “Board”) is proposing to amend the Civil Penalties for Citation (Section 2043 of Article 5.5, Division 20, Title 16, California Code of Regulations), to impose higher fines and penalties in order to better protect California’s […]

Medical Board Considers Mandatory Notification of Probation Status

The Medical Board of California (MBC) is considering a notification requirement for licensed doctors in the state on probation.  There are roughly 500 such doctors as of 2015. The petition asks the MBC to add to its disciplinary guidelines a new mandated term of probation. Physicians on probation would be required to notify their patients […]

October 30, 2015

Netflix and California Parental Leave Policy: Concerns and Current Policy

Parental leave policies in the United States lag behind many other countries. In fact, the United States is one of just three industrialized nations in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave as a mandatory, national benefit. Despite these shortcomings in parental leave policies nationwide, Netflix, the California-based television and movie subscription service, […]

October 13, 2015

Must ‘Wearables’ be HIPAA-Compliant?

Earlier this month, FitBit, Inc. announced that it had reached HIPAA compliance in regards to user-health-data it collects. For those not in the know, FitBit, Inc. is the company that is responsible for many of the brightlty-colored and flexible bracelets, anklets, and pendants you may see your colleagues wearing throughout the work week. Within those […]

October 1, 2015

A Change in the Veterinary Practice Relationship – Part 1

This blog entry is the first of a three-part series of entries regarding issues that Veterinarians face when there is a change in the practice relationship. This can be a veterinarian leaving a practice, a clinic selling a practice, or a practice that is closing. The series examines the following questions: Who owns and is […]

Fantasy Football is Not Gambling

With the increased popularity (or more likely, increased amount of advertising) of daily fantasy leagues, it is important to remind people that participating in fantasy leagues for any sport is not presently illegal. That is right – it is NOT ILLEGAL, contrary to popular assumption. The Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), […]

September 28, 2015

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