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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.

The “Merry Christmas” Bill

During the 2013 Session of the Texas Legislature,House Bill 308—the “Merry Christmas Bill”—was filed to protect Texans’ right to acknowledge traditional winter holidays like Christmas and Chanukah on public and private school grounds. The bill allows students, parents, teachers and administrators the freedom to acknowledge these traditional winter holidays without fear of litigation or punishment and restores […]

4 Elements of a Perfect Company Holiday Party

It’s that time of year when employers roll out the red carpet for their staff, in appreciation of the hard work they’ve done all year. Company parties done well can improve camaraderie among your team, and increase their pride in (and loyalty to) your brand or business. Company parties done poorly are the nightmares of […]

Holiday Parties: Avoid a Fa-La-La-Lawsuit

Happy holidays! Tis the season for joy, warm thoughts, and a process server in your reception area? While undoubtedly unwelcome and surprising, holiday-related complaints, claims, and lawsuits are all too common amongst employers. Holidays tend to evoke emotions for many people; most of these emotions are positive and healthy. However, some emotions are negative, unhealthy, or unwanted […]

Investigator’s Accusation Closed Without Charge!

After a surprise visit from a Physical Therapy Board investigator, our client’s practice was accused of having unlicensed staff. This was, conveniently, after a recent change in the Physical Therapy Board’s policy regarding supervision of staff. Our team analysed the case and provided adequate responses to the board’s investigator. The file was closed and no […]

Board of Occupational Therapy to Mandate Peer Reporting, Ban Sex with Service Recipients

The California Board of Occupational Therapy has proposed modifications to the text of Title 16, California Code of Regulations, section 4170, which are the Ethical Standards of Practice of Occupational Therapy. The proposed modifications include a number of gramatical changes and clean-up of the regulation. However, it also contains substantive changes.  Specifically: Subsection (b)(2) includes a ban […]

Arresting Officer is Mandatory Reporter to Professional Licensing Agencies

Our office speaks to many licensees after they have been arrested – these arrests can range from driving under the influence, domestic violence, drug possession, assault, and even manslaughter. Often, licensees ask us how their boards or agencies knew about their arrests before he or she even reported it. For example, the below is a […]


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