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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.

What to Do After Default License Discipline

Our law firm works with professional licensees on a regular basis. Many of these individuals are independent, hard-working individuals, with usually barely enough time to handle their personal lives, let alone to administer or organize their profession as a going concern. This lack of time is often a direct cause resulting in license discipline. The […]

November 27, 2014

The Impact of “Yelp Protection” Laws on E-Commerce

In September, Governor Jerry Brown signed California Assembly Bill No. 2365, the “Yelp Protection” bill, into law. AB-2365 bans disparagement clauses in businesses’ terms of agreement that would prohibit customers from leaving negative comments on review sites like Yelp. Some businesses have gained some undesirable media attention for trying to enforce those clauses, including one […]

November 24, 2014

Independent Judgement v. Substantial Evidence Standard of Review

Code of Civil Procedure §1094.5(c) establishes the two basic tests for determining whether the evidence supports the findings in an administrative writ of mandate proceeding: If authorized by law to exercise its independent judgment on the evidence, the court determines whether the findings are supported by the weight of the evidence. Sometimes called the “weight […]

November 15, 2014

New Rules of the California Workplace Playground – Employers’ Guide to Abusive Conduct

This past September, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 2053 to mandate that employer training and education include matters relating to “abusive conduct.” Some California employers, however, are scratching their heads about what exactly that means, and how to comply with the new requirements. What Qualifies as “Abusive Conduct”? Ingrid Fredeen is the Vice-President […]

November 10, 2014

California Voters Pass Proposition 47

California voters have passed Proposition 47, a law that will reduce simple drug possession and some property crimes to misdemeanors, with 59 percent of the vote, according to statewide ballot returns. That means, effectively immediately, California joins about a dozen other states across the country with misdemeanor drug possession laws. The proposition, called The Safe Neighborhoods […]

November 7, 2014

California Law on Slot Machines

Under California law, slot machines are illegal, with a number of limited exceptions.  (See, e.g., Penal Code, §§ 330a – 330.9.)  This means it is illegal to own, possess, control, maintain, license, permit its placement in any room, space, inclosure, or building owned, leased, or controlled by an individual.  It is also illegal to manufacture, repair, […]

October 28, 2014

New Law Limits Use of Expunged Convictions in License Denials

On September 28, 2014, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 2396, which provides that an individual with an expunged conviction cannot be denied a license solely because of the expunged conviction, notwithstanding any other law in the Business and Professions Code.  This new law gives relief to applicants applying to certain state agencies for licenses, effective […]

October 24, 2014

Interstate Drivers License Compact

If you are arrested in California for driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% with an out-of-state driver's license, your driver's license will not be immediately confiscated.  However, you will be notified that your driving privileges in the state of California will be suspended in thirty (30) days. Wow, just reading that aloud for the first […]

October 10, 2014

Training Reminder – Administrative Writs of Mandamus: What You Need to Know

On November 14, 2014, Steven L. Simas, owner and founder of Simas & Associates, Ltd., will be serving as one of several presenters for Administrative Writs of Mandamus: What You Need to Know.  This day-long seminar is being co-hosted by Pincus Professional Education and the Sacramento County Bar Association Administrative Law Section.  The seminar will […]

October 3, 2014

To Reimburse or Not to Reimburse: 4 General Rules for Employee Expenses

Many types of work-related reimbursements are mandated, but an employer still has the option to go the extra mile and go over the minimum required by law. The question is does it pay to do so? Being lavish with your reimbursement helps show an employee that they recognize their sacrifice, but then again, it isn’t […]

September 30, 2014

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