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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 Department of Food and Agriculture

Agriculture is a major industry for the Golden State. With 88,000 farms and ranches, California agriculture is nearly a $36.6 billion dollar industry that generates at least $100 billion in related economic activity. In 1919, the California Legislature created a single department responsible for protecting and promoting agriculture. The California Department of Food and Agriculture […]

Employer’s Obligations for Jury Duty

No Negative Treatment An employee is entitled to take time off for jury duty or for a court appearance as a witness as required by law if he or she gives the employer reasonable notice, and may not be discriminated against for doing so. (Labor Code § 230(a)-(b).)  An employee who is discharged or otherwise […]

Expanded Self-Reporting Requirement for Real Estate Licensees

On January 1, 2012, a new section was added to the Business and Professions Code which expanded mandated reporting for real estate licensees of certain events to the Department of Real Estate (DRE). The requirement, contained in section 10186.2 of the Business and Professions Code, provides that a real estate licensee must submit a report […]

Five tips for Veterinarians dealing with Citations from VMB

If you are a veterinarian facing a citation from the California Veterinary Medical Board (Board), the following are five tips for evaluating the citation and determining its impact on the future of your practice: 1.         Forget about the fine.  Carefully review the language of the citation to see if it is something detrimental to your career, […]

Problems to Avoid in Department of General Services Procurements

Each year, hundreds of vendors clamor to do business with the State of California by way of the public contract or procurement process. While many State agencies have the authority to enter certain types of contracts on their own, the Department of General Services, Procurement Division, administers bids for large State projects, especially in the […]

Senate Bill Introduced to Require 15-Day Public Notice of All Rulemaking Meetings

On February 6, 2013, California Legislature Senator Cathleen Galgiani introduced Senate Bill (SB) 176 which would require all state agencies, boards, and commissions to publish a notice prior to any meeting date or report, provided the meeting or report is seeking public input on rulemaking.  Formally, the bill would add section 11346.6 to the California Government […]

Medical Board of California Allows Limited Licensing Exemption

The Medical Board of California is the first licensing board to adopt regulations for AB 2699, Bass (Chapter 270, Statutes of 2010). AB 2699 specifically provides an exemption from the licensure and regulation requirements for a health care practitioner licensed or certified in good standing in another state or states, who offers or provides health care […]

How the Veterinary Medical Board uses Citations Against You

Like many other licensing agencies, the California Veterinary Medical Board (“Board”) issues citations to its licensees for minor transgressions or infractions of the law.  Business and Professions Code Section 125.9 authorizes licensing agencies to issue citations.  In particular, the Veterinary Practice Act, Business and Professions Code Section 4875.2 authorizes the Board to issue citations to […]

Government Claims Act – Limited State Immunity

In Muskopf v. Corning Hosp. Dist. (1961) 55 Cal.2d 211, the California Supreme Court abolished governmental immunity. Realizing the potential liability – to be taken from their own pockets – the legislature enacted the comprehensive Government Claims Act almost immediately thereafter. This overturned Muskopf and eliminated all common law or judicially devised forms of governmental […]


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