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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.

Ignore the Form – File a Special Notice of Defense

Professional licensees and healthcare-related licensees in the state of California can have discipline imposed on their licenses for misconduct. The “misconduct” for which license discipline is under the vague and amorphous “substantially-related to the profession” standard that is not the subject of this blog entry. When these licensees face discipline, it is usually their first […]

October 20, 2016

Human Resources Manager 101

Being involved with your company’s human resource department can be overwhelming and frustrating at times regardless of your position within the department.  As the law changes, the H.R. Manager is responsible for ensuring that your company complies with all federal and state laws while also minimizing the risk of litigation brought by current and former employees.  […]

October 14, 2016

Waiting for CA Bar Exam Results

Below, please find a blog entry penned by an aspiring California attorney and employee at Simas & Associates, Ltd. This individual took the July 2016 California Bar Exam and is awaiting results. Results are due to be announced on November 18, 2016. It takes a special kind of person to get through law school.  The […]

October 13, 2016

Steven L. Simas Presents at 2016 CPTA Conference

On October 8 and 9, 2016, Steven L. Simas, founder and owner of Simas & Associates, Ltd. spoke at the 2016 Annual Conference for the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA). The conference was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center and had over several hundred physical therapists in attendance. This year’s conference featured two days of educational programming […]

October 11, 2016

California UAV Market Set to Explode

Over the past two years, the number of drone start-ups in California  has increased exponentially. The best example can be demonstrated by comparing last year’s Drone Market Environment Map with that of 2016. There are many more subcategories revealing that many Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) companies identified and started occupying market niches. Many business models changed […]

October 7, 2016

Multi-Section Event – “From the Ground Up”

The Sacramento County Bar Association’s, Public Law, Environmental Law, and Administrative Law sections, co-hosted an event entitled, “From the Ground Up: Implementing the Medical Cannabis Regulation & Safety Act – Cultivating solutions to administrative, regulatory, environmental, and consumer protection challenges,” at the September 21, 2016 luncheon. The luncheon was held at the Sacramento County Bar […]

Medical Cannabis Regulation & Safety Act

One of the hottest topics in California is the pending voter initiative seeking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. While obviously exciting and trail-blazing – pun intended – it is still unknown whether it will pass and what the ultimate result will be. But there is also a burgeoning legal cannabis market in California. […]

Reporting Pet-Patient Injuries to the Authorities

States are cracking down on harm to animals. California is no different: see Fines for Pet-Patient Harm to Increase. However, there is a big emphasis in making Veterinarians mandatory reporters of harm. By mandatory reporter, this means imposing an affirmative duty upon Veterinarians, Registered Veterinarian Technicians, and Veterinary Support staff to report on the owners […]

September 28, 2016

California Taxicab Licensing Requirements

In the state of California, some vehicles will require a special license or certificate in order to operate them. Examples include: Commerical Drivers License (CDL) (i.e. Tractor trailers; Construction vehicles; City buses; Shuttles, etc.) CDL with Specified Endorsement (e.g. School buses- (S) endorsement; Passenger buses – (P) endorsement; Tankers – (N) endorsement; Vehicles transporting hazardous materials – (H) endorsement; Double or triple trailers […]

September 27, 2016

Time to Revisit Consent Forms?

On January 1, 2014, AB 1000 went into effect. The Direct Access bill provided, among other things, authorization for a patient to directly access physical therapy services up to 45 days or 12 visits before requiring a physician to approve the plan of care for the patient. The physical therapy must be within the physical […]

September 23, 2016

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Wit of Mandate - the official blog of Simas & Associates, Ltd., is made available by Simas & Associates, Ltd. to the general public for educational purposes only.  Specifically, the entries contained within Wit of Mandate are designed to provide the general public with general information concerning California and Federal law.  Wit of Mandate does not provide specific legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and Simas & Associates, Ltd.  Wit of Mandate is not an effective or appropriate substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified attorney licensed in your state with experience in your practice area or forum of law.

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