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GOVERNOR SIGNS ADA ACCESS LAW REFORM

We are pleased to report that during the week of September 17, 2012, Governor Brown signed a bill reforming Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) access law. The measure, Senate Bill (SB) 1186, will curb lawsuit abuse regarding the ADA while promoting increased compliance with building codes addressing disabled access.

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HOMEOWNER BILL OF RIGHTS

California homeowners and the California housing market received good news on July 11, 2012 when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Homeowner Bill of Rights. Effective January 1, 2013, the new law extends homeowner protections previously scheduled to expire shortly.

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DISTRACTED DRIVING

Distracted driving is a concern for employers whose workers spend time driving on the job, either in a personal vehicle or a company-provided vehicle. Employers can generally be held liable for an employee's negligence while acting within the scope of his or her employment duties or for the employer's benefit.

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CAN I RESTRICT MY EMPLOYEES FROM WORKING FOR MY COMPETITOR?

As an employment lawyer representing employers, this is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from my clients.

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GUIDELINE CHILD SUPPORT IN CALIFORNIA

When parties with children begin the divorce process, the first question they usually have is, "How much do I have to pay?" or "How much will I get?" in child support. In the state of California, the term "guideline support" is often used when referring to the amount of child support due.

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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR OR EMPLOYEE?

Employers often misclassify employees as independent contractors so that they can avoid paying payroll taxes, minimum wage or overtime, and complying with other employment laws, such as providing meal and rest breaks and workers' compensation coverage.

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WHEN TO UPDATE YOUR ESTATE PLAN

Most people invest a great deal of time and thought into putting together the proper estate plan to protect their families and their hard earned assets in the event of their death or incapacity. However, initially putting the estate plan together is just the first step in making sure that your estate planning goals continue to be met in the future.

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