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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 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

Résumé Advice

It is deceptively easy to make mistakes on your résumé and exceptionally difficult to repair the damage once a prospective employer receives it.  So prevention is critical, especially if you've never written one before.  Here are the most common pitfalls and how you can avoid them. 1.         Typos and Grammatical Errors Your résumé must […]

Terminating Patient Relationships While Avoiding Patient Abandonment

The following article will be appearing in the California Physical Therapy Association's August 2014 Newsletter, Physical Therapy Interventions. It was drafted by Simas & Associates, Ltd.'s own, Steven L. Simas. Terminating the physical therapist-patient relationship is a necessary aspect of nearly all physical therapy practices. But there are pitfalls –some obvious and some not so […]

August 5, 2014

Graceful Goodbyes: 10 Tips to Ensure Smooth Employee Transitions

Terminating employment, no matter the reason, is usually not fun for anyone. However, if poorly executed, it has the opportunity to be an extraordinarily unpleasant situation that is damaging to all parties involved. With a bit of finesse and a good plan, a company can relieve an employee of their post gracefully. Being in the […]

July 29, 2014

Don’t Be a Mark – Avoiding Scams Targeting Attorneys

Internet fraud schemes are prevelant and diverse.  Lately, they have been increasingly targeting lawyers and law firms – and more importantly, the banks where lawyers have their client trust accounts. While most are pretty obvious, there has been documented cases where attorneys have fallen victim.  And as a result, thousands of dollars out of trust accounts […]

July 24, 2014

Smog Check Shops Alert – Pay a Citation and Lose Your STAR Certification

STAR Certification On January 1, 2013, the Bureau of Automotive Repair (“BAR”) replaced its former “Gold Shield” program with STAR certification.  The STAR program is the Bureau’s certification program that applies to a Registered Automotive Repair Dealer that is also a licensed smog check test-and-repair station or a test-only station that meets specific requirements under […]

July 18, 2014

Physical Therapists’ Quandry – Working for a Layperson-Owned General Corporation

A question that the attorneys at Simas & Associates, Ltd. often get is whether it is legal for a physical therapist to be employed by a layperson-owned and fully legal general corporation.  It is what many clients find surpising with the law, but attorneys know all to well - legal "gray areas."   The law is not […]

July 11, 2014

Best Practices for Conducting Employment Terminations

Terminating or firing employees is a part of owning or operating a business.  It is unavoidable and inevitable.  Yet, it is still probably the single-most unpleasant aspect of being a business owner, supervisor, or  manager.   Of course, there are a number of approaches an owner, manager, or supervisor should take PRIOR to terminating an employee.  This blog […]

June 27, 2014

Savvy Social Policies: The Role of Social Media in High-powered Recruiting

The days of posting an ad in the local paper’s classified section to find potential employees are quickly becoming ancient history. As the landscape in HR and recruitment shudders and shifts, even sites like Craigslist, Monster and CareerBuilder are starting to lose potency. Many employers already use social media in their recruitment efforts to a […]

June 23, 2014

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