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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.

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

California Just Expanded Mandated Training

Since 2006, California employers who employ or contract with over 50 individuals to provide it service are mandated to provide regular sexual harassment training to its supervisors.  Assembly Bill 1825 resulted in the creation of Section 12950.1 of the Government Code, which required mandatory sexual harassment training for supervisors within 6 months of taking up […]

September 12, 2014

Think Twice Before Settling with the Board of Registered Nursing or the Physical Therapy Board

Recently, our law firm has received a large influx of inquiries for service from registered nurses and physical therapists.  The cause for this influx appears to be an abrupt change in the way the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and the Physical Therapy Board (PTB) are treating first-time, driving under the influence (DUI) convictions by […]

Force Majeure Clause Strikes the Vandals

This past weekend, the University of Florida Gators were to take on the University of Idaho Vandals in a NCAA Division I Football Game.  Unfortunately, the game was delayed by severe weather.  Then, shortly after the opening kickoff, the game was suspended indefinitely due to the return of that severe weather.  And now it appears […]

September 3, 2014

What to Do for a DMV Reexamination Hearing

A California DMV reexamination hearing is an in-person evaluation of your driving ability. The purpose is to determine if you have the physical and mental skills to drive a car safely. A reexamination may also be “lack of skill inquiry” "Phyical and Mental Conditions Hearing" or “P&M hearing” “medical suspension hearing.” If the DMV informs you that […]

August 22, 2014

Data Protection: Protecting Your Patients and Staying HIPAA Compliant

Data leakage! It's a problem that everyone will have to face at some point. New HIPAA rules and regulations are doing what they can to address potential shortfalls, because data leakage of patient information is a serious violation. Thankfully, the government intends to continue to increase penalties and prosecution for patient data leaks. We Comply’s annual study showcasing the current state […]

August 8, 2014

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