Parental leave policies in the United States lag behind many other countries. In fact, the United States is one of just three industrialized nations in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave as a mandatory, national benefit. Despite these shortcomings in parental leave policies nationwide, Netflix, the California-based television and movie subscription service, […]
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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.
Earlier this month, FitBit, Inc. announced that it had reached HIPAA compliance in regards to user-health-data it collects. For those not in the know, FitBit, Inc. is the company that is responsible for many of the brightlty-colored and flexible bracelets, anklets, and pendants you may see your colleagues wearing throughout the work week. Within those […]
October 1, 2015
This blog entry is the first of a three-part series of entries regarding issues that Veterinarians face when there is a change in the practice relationship. This can be a veterinarian leaving a practice, a clinic selling a practice, or a practice that is closing. The series examines the following questions: Who owns and is […]
With the increased popularity (or more likely, increased amount of advertising) of daily fantasy leagues, it is important to remind people that participating in fantasy leagues for any sport is not presently illegal. That is right – it is NOT ILLEGAL, contrary to popular assumption. The Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), […]
September 28, 2015
1 in 3 Americans have been convicted of a crime in their lifetime.  Getting a job with a criminal record in the healthcare industry is difficult, even impossible for certain jobs. Not only are the licensing authorities who issue licenses to medical professionals likely to discipline a license holder for the criminal conviction, but […]
On September 26 and 27, 2015, Steven L. Simas, founder and owner of Simas & Associates, Ltd. spoke at the 2015 Annual Conference for the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA). The conference was held at the Pasadena Convention Center and had over several hundred physical therapists in attendance. This year’s conference featured two days of educational […]
A temporary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman poses as one of the first applications of the February 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission. In granting the preliminary injunction, Judge Pittman provided an early victory for Dallas-based Teladoc, a company that connects patients and doctors over the […]
September 2, 2015
Earlier this year, the Sacramento County Bar Association Administrative Law section elected a new slate of officers, in Jon-Paul Valcarenghi, Justin D. Hein, and Adam Richards. Its first official act was to recognize the years of service and dedication by the previous section chairperson, Steven L. Simas. Mr. Simas first served as chairperson of the […]
August 21, 2015
A Skelly hearing derives its name from Skelly v. State Personnel Board (1975) 15 Cal. 3d 194. Dr. Skelly, a permanent civil service employee, was terminated from his employment with the State of California. The California Supreme Court determined, among other things, that he was deprived of his due process right to pre-disciplinary discovery – […]
The Sacramento County Bar Association Administrative Law Section is having a mixer on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at The Pour House (1901 Q Street, Sacramento CA 95811). Come meet the new section leadership and provide your thoughts on what course it should set for the Administrative Law section in the months and years to come. […]
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