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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’s Two Salesperson Overtime Exemptions

All employers' mindsets in California should be that it must pay all of their employees overtime. Employees who work in excess of eight (8) hours per day or in excess of forty (40) hours per week are entitled to 1.5 times their normal hourly pay,(i.e. “time and a half”) for that additional time worked. (Labor Code section 510(a).) There are several, […]

February 28, 2015

Correcting Mistakes on Your Criminal Record

Mistakes on your criminal record can be devastating to professional licensees such as those Simas & Associates, Ltd. represents. This blog discusses the process for correcting these mistakes. Correcting Mistakes on Your Criminal Record Under California law, the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice are responsible for maintaining summary criminal history information […]

February 20, 2015

Examining Mandatory Abuse Reporting Requirements for Physical Therapists

(This article will appear in the California Physical Therapy Association's March 2015 Newsletter, PT Interventions.) Reporting abuse sounds like a simple and straightforward process. But due to the personal nature of the physical therapist-patient relationship, it can be difficult. Because such reporting is mandated by California law, this article examines who must report, what must […]


Happy Birthday, President Abraham Lincoln!

Happy President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday today, everyone. Please note that our office is CLOSED due to the California Holiday. We are open tomorrow from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. And then we will remain closed until Tuesday, February 17 at 8:00 AM, due to the Federal Holiday for Presidents' Day / President George Washington's Birthday on […]

February 12, 2015

Simas & Associates, Ltd. Sponsors “GREW From the Vines”

On November 8, 2014, Simas & Associates, Ltd. helped sponsor a 5K and Children's Fun Run in Paso Robles. "GREW From the Vines" was organized by Trinity Lutheran School out of Paso Robles, California, and was a fundraiser helping families, youth and our community stay healthy while supporting local homeless, hungry and needy families. "GREW" […]

February 7, 2015

15 Tips for Public Records Act Requests

The California Public Records Act (California Government Code sections 6250-6276.48, "PRA") states that all public records in California are open to inspection and copying by anyone. However, the exercise of that right takes a little more nuance than just citing the statute to a state, local, or quasi-municipal agency. So, we sat down with our very own […]

February 5, 2015

Bryan Garner Responds

Recently, the firm collectively got into a disagreement over the use of "try to" versus "try and". The majority believed that "try and" was colloquial and "try to" considered the correct, predominant, and preferred form. While all agreed that they are equally used in speaking form – and are basically synonymous – the majority determiend that "try and" should not […]

February 3, 2015

Justin Hein, newest member of California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals

Congratulations to Simas & Associates, Ltd. Managing Attorney, Justin D. Hein, for his recent admission into the California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals (CAAHCP). Mr. Hein was admitted on February 2, 2015 after applying in mid-November 2014. The California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals is a by-invite-only organization of preeminent attorneys dedicated to representing […]


Alternating Proprietorships

An "alternating proprietorship" is a term used to describe an arrangement in which two or more people take turns using the physical premises of a brewery or winery. It is an effective method for an existing brewer or winemaker to use excess capacity of the brewery or winery and for an up-and-coming brewer or winemaker to get […]

January 21, 2015

Freedom of Information Act Requests

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions. A […]

January 10, 2015



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