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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.

Record-Breaking Results of California Labor Law Enforcement

Labor law enforcement under the first two years of Governor Jerry Brown’s term has netted an unprecedented and staggering level of damages, penalties, and fines in the State of California.  According to the key findings of the report, “State of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement”: Minimum wage – over $3 million unpaid minimum wages assessed in 2012 […]

Rise of Suitable Seating Wage Claims

Section 14 of the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order 7-2001 for the mercantile industry states that “[a]ll working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats.” Although this wage order has rarely been used, as of late there has been a surge of “suitable […]

The Benefits of Expunging a Conviction

Many clients and potential clients of the law firm inquire about the impact expunging a criminal conviction will have on potential license discipline.  The answer is that the expungement, while not a cure-all, is an excellent piece of evidence of rehabilitation that must be considered by the administrative law judge and licensing agency in imposing […]

Steven L. Simas to Present at Medical Records Law Seminar

Steven L. Simas, owner and founder of Simas & Associates, Ltd., is yet again hosting another Health Care workshop in Sacramento, California.  The topic is the always important “Medical Records as a Defense to Your License to Practice”. The workshop will examine the California Medical Board’s standards for recordkeeping and how all licensing agencies – […]

Set Aside License Discipline Defaults

The Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which governs license discipline for almost all California licensing agencies, requires that the Licensee-Respondent file a Notice of Defense, which is equivalent to an answer, within 15 days after service of the Accusation. (Please note that Code of Civil Procedure section 1013 more than likely applies to the Accusation in an APA proceeding. […]

California Waives Licensing Fees for Military Personnel and Spouses/Domestic Partners

California’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), the department supervising almost all professional licensing agencies, boards, and bureaus throughout the state of California, has eliminated a number of renewal requirements for active duty military and their spouses/domestic partners.  Most notable is the elimination of any fees associated with license renewal. The requirement is that you or […]


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