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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.

Pets Don’t Like Fireworks and Still Need Water

As we start to make preparations to celebrate Independence Day and the founding of the U.S., please be mindful of your (and your neighbors’) pets. Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July, but pets almost unanimously do not. In fact, they can be terrifying and overwhelming […]

Bi-Weekly Overtime Calculator

Here is our overtime calculator for semi monthly pay periods. Fill in your hours you worked and see how much overtime you earned and what your gross pay should be. If you are not paid semi monthly check out on of our other overtime calculators here: Semi-Monthly Overtime Calculator Monthly Overtime Calculator  

Employment of Physical Therapists by Medical Corporations

When AB 1000 went into effect in January 2014, it was actually the combination of two bills: (1) AB 1000 for direct consumer access to physical therapy, and (2) AB 1003, sponsored by the California Medical Association, to permit professional medical corporations to employ physical therapists. Since 2010, the California Physical Therapy Board had taken the […]

Advanced Fees Held in Client Trust Account

An “advance fee” is money your client gives you upfront to pay the cost of legal representation. Typically, such payments are called “retainers.” However, unlike true retainers, which are paid to ensure your availability to a client and are therefore earned in full at the time you receive them, advance fees don’t belong to you until you […]

1033 Consent Waiver

Federal law bars anyone who has been convicted of a felony involving dishonesty or breach of trust from willfully engaging in or participating in the business of insurance. It is a criminal offense, found under the the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Title 18, United States Code, section 1033. Furthermore, it is a […]

Simas Tops CalPERS With Just One Expert Witness.

Our client, a correctional officer, was severely injured on the job. The injury required an immediate visit to the ER and the residual effects of the injury prevented him from being able to use a firearm or a baton, but the California Public Employees Retirement System accused him of faking the severity of his injury. […]

False Imprisonment in Workplace Investigations

False imprisonment is the wrongful restraining, confining or detaining a person without that person’s consent. It is a crime (i.e. Penal Code, § 236) and can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor. It is also a common law tort. False imprisonment can arise in the employment context. This would typically occur during a workplace investigation […]

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