Employment Law

Skelly Hearing –What is the Point?

On May 14, 2019, we posted an article entitled What is a Skelly Hearing? Created by the California Supreme Court in the landmark decision, Skelly v. Supreme Court, in 1975, public employees have long enjoyed the right to a “pre-deprivation” hearing before suffering discipline impacting their civil service position. This Read more…

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Veterinary Medicine Law

California Veterinarians and Cannabis Can they recommend it? — Senate Bill 627

Good news for pet owners: you may soon be able to enjoy the benefits of medical cannabis products together—legally. Veterinarians “discussing” Cannabis Last year, California became the first state in the U.S. to recognize cannabis in veterinary medicine, providing legal protection to those veterinarians who talk to their clients about Read more…

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Administrative Law

What is a Skelly Hearing?

A Skelly hearing derives its name from Skelly v. State Personnel Board (1975) 15 Cal. 3d 194. Dr. Skelly, a permanent civil service employee, was terminated from his employment with the State of California. The California Supreme Court determined, among other things, that he was deprived of his due process Read more…

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Professional License Defense

Professional Licensing Bills

California state legislators recently proposed a trifecta of bills intended to allow Californians with prior convictions to obtain professional licenses. If approved Assembly Bills 2138, 2293, and 3039 would lessen and potentially remove the obstacles Californians with criminal histories face when applying for a license.   Simas & Associates, Ltd. Read more…

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Health Care Law

Physician Residents Beware – Problems during your residency could prevent you from obtaining your medical license in California

Recently, we have seen an uptick of physicians experiencing problems obtaining licensure by the Medical Board of California (“Board”) for perceived “unusual circumstances” during residency. As is the case for all physicians seeking licensure in California, the Board requires the physician to provide all records from their respective residency program(s). Read more…

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