Civil Litigation

Declaratory Relief

Declaratory Relief is a legal procedure designed for those seeking “preventive justice.” Specifically, its purpose is to “set controversies at rest before they lead to repudiation of obligations, invasions of rights or commissions of wrongs.” It is a vehicle to allow a presumptive defendant or respondent take adjudicative action to Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
Administrative Law

Certified Nursing Assistant

A certified nursing assistant (“CNA”) performs “basic patient care services” in relation to the “safety, comfort, personal hygiene, and protection of patients.”[1] A CNA works under the supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed vocational nurse, and may not perform any services that must be performed by a licensed Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
Administrative Law

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 Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
Administrative Law

Veterinary Medical Board Taboo: “Veterinary Technician”

For years, veterinarians throughout the State of California have called their staff members who are not licensed “technicians,” which includes “techs,” “vet techs,” etc.  This blog addresses three problems with veterinarians continuing to designate unlicensed people and their positions using the word “technician.” Veterinary Practice Act Veterinarians have recently come Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago