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California’s New 2017 Laws of Public Concern

March 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The following are new laws enacted in California that every person living in the Golden State should know about.  Here we categorize them:

SAFETY

  • Distracted-driving: Texting was already forbidden, but the new law prohibits drivers from using smartphones for other purposes while behind the wheel — unless they’re in hands-free mode.
  • Motorcycles: California became one of the first states to define “lane-splitting,” which is the practice of motorcycle riders to squeeze through stacked up traffic. The new law authorizes the California Highway Patrol to develop educational guidelines for weaving […]

How New Changes in the Law Affect a Contractor’s License

March 15th, 2017|Construction Law|

We’ve already covered the number one reason contractors get sued. Now, let’s talk about how to stay in the clear when it comes to your contractor’s license.

Ever wonder what will happen if by mistake your office person forgets to renew your contractor’s license during an active project?

California Law

Under California law you would NOT be able to sue to get payment for your work done on that project.  Even worse, the owner could sue to get back all of the amounts paid on the project from you.

This was an […]

What is Lease-Lease Back in Construction and How Has it Changed in 2017?

March 7th, 2017|Construction Law|

The Previous  Law:

The Lease-Lease Back construction law authorizes a school district to lease a school site to a contractor for a token amount (say for example $1), if the lease contract requires the contractor to construct, or provide for the construction of, a building to be used by the school district, so long as the title to the building would vest in the school district at the end of the lease.  The contractor will then build the school and lease it back to the district for up to 40 […]

Top 5 Wage and Hour Risks for California Employers

February 28th, 2017|Employment Law|

The new federal overtime rules, the misclassification of employees, and recordkeeping are among the top five wage and hour risks employers in California face, according to California attorney Marc Jacuzzi of the law firm Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi, PC.

Overtime Risks

In a recent session at BLR’s California Employment Law Update (CELU) in Costa Mesa, California, Jacuzzi told attendees that employers in California must comply with the new federal overtime rules that take effect December 1, 2016, and at the same time, they must comply with California’s wage and hour laws, […]