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Best Practices on Record Retention

Employers accumulate and receive substantial volumes of documents as a result of their day-to-day business. The office manager or head of human resources compiles such documents as job postings, employment applications, résumés, reference checks, testing data, personnel files, wage and hour records, payroll records, and disciplinary files, as part of their daily function. And while it […]

Don’t Lose License Over Unpaid Taxes

Due to California Tax Season opening as of January 5, 2016, it is imperative to know if your back taxes will affect your profession. As of July 1, 2012, the Department of Consumer Affairs is required by Assembly Bill 1424 to deny applications for licensure or suspend a current license, certificate, or registration for delinquent […]

Cremated Remains Disposer

A cremated remains disposer (”CRD”) disposes of, or offers to dispose of, cremated human remains by scattering the ashes. These individuals must be registered in California with the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau (“Bureau”) to do so, and are highly regulated by the Business and Professions Code (“BPC”) and the Health and Safety Code (“HSC”), and […]

New Regulations for California’s Medical Marijuana Industry – Part 2

This is part of a series of posts on changes to the California Medical Marijuana industry. In part one, we discussed the history of medical marijuana regulations in the state of California and introduction to the California Medical Marijuana and Safety Act (“MMRSA”). On this blog, we previously discussed the outlines and background of California’s new […]

Home Care Aide Registry

The  implementation date of the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act has finally arrived. The act, which was passed in 2013, requires Home Care Organizations to be licensed within the Department of Social Services (CDSS) and creates a public online registry for Home Care Aides who have been background checked. This implementation went into effect on January […]

Reference Cause for Discipline in Declaration

The California Administrative Procedure Act permits parties to use affidavits, declarations, and even letters in lieu of live testimony as evidence in an administrative hearing. This aspect is one of the big differences with civil litigation or criminal trial in that an unauthenticated document containing hearsay is permitted to be entered into evidence and carry […]

AB 1506 Enacted to Address PAGA Abuses

On October 2, 2015, Governor Brown signed urgency legislation (Assembly Bill [AB] 1506) that immediately amends California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) to address increasing civil litigation alleging technical violations of itemized wage statements (pay stubs) issued to employees. Existing law required an employer to provide information to employees such as […]

New Regulations for California’s Medical Marijuana Industry – Part 1

This is part of a series of posts on changes to the California Medical Marijuana industry. In part two, we will discuss the specific provisions California Medical Marijuana and Safety Act (MMRSA), including the seventeen (!) different types of licenses which will be issued by various public agencies. History of Medical Marijuana Regulations in California Medical […]

Changes to the Standard Mileage Rates for 2016

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the business, medical, or charitable use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 54 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2015 19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 23 cents […]

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