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Is My Employer Allowed to Require Drug and Alcohol Testing?

Federal law requires drug testing in certain industries. Department of Defense employees, NASA contractors, transportation workers, and aviators, for example, are required to submit to drug testing. ...
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The Family and Medical Leave Act

Before the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed in 1993, employees didn’t have the legal right to take job-protected time off to care for a gravely ill loved one or a newborn baby. ...
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When Is Employee Termination Unlawful?

It never feels “right” to be fired, but in most cases, employers do have the legal right to fire employees for any reason at all—or even for no reason. This is referred to as ...
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Is Your HOA out of Control?

Before you purchase a new home, consider taking a copy of the homeowners’ association rules and policies to a law office. Your lawyer may find some troubling clauses listed there, such as ...
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FAQs and Answers About Mediation

There are countless disputes that can be settled through litigation—ranging from labor law violations to real property disputes. But in some cases, litigation might not be the best solution. ...
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A Quick Look at the California Court System

Federal and state laws affect everyone every day, whether they are consciously aware of it or not. A basic understanding of litigation and the court system can prove helpful in everyday life. The most ...
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Your Rights Under the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is an incredibly important law for disabled workers. It prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of an employee’s disability. The ADA ...
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A Business Owner's Guide to Independent Investigations

Savvy business owners and board members understand the value in being proactive compared to being reactive. The best time to establish policies for internal investigations is before they become ...
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California Pawnshop and Secondhand Dealer Owners: Still Reporting by Paper Format?

Advise Your Local Law Enforcement Agency That You Will Begin Uploading Your Transaction Data Electronically to CAPSS On August 17, 2012, AB 391 (Assemblyman Pan) was signed into law by Governor Brown. ...
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The Basics of Property Use and Maintenance Under the Davis-Stirling Act

Countless Americans dream of achieving homeownership. But when they do, many of them are surprised by the legal complexities of owning their own home. This is especially true if they become members of ...
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Breaking Down the Methods Behind Mediation [Infographic]

If you are dealing with a dispute that is headed for the courtroom, it could be in your interest to head to mediation instead. Mediation is the process of working with a neutral negotiator who can ...
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Our Legal Consult Offer for CAPA Members

Collateral lending is a complicated business that requires a keen knowledge of all applicable laws. Here at The Law Offices of Jon Webster, we understand that the day-to-day operations of pawnshop ...
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Considering Opening a Charter School? Here's What You Need to Know

California is a leader in charter school development. The state boasts more than 1,000 charter schools that serve more than half a million students. Educators praise the charter school model because ...
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Should You File an Appeal?

The rendering of a verdict or judgment doesn’t always mark the end of a case. It’s common for parties to file an appeal when the outcome isn’t favorable to them, but appeals are ...
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Recognizing and Dealing with Sexual Harassment

Federal and state laws protect workers from being subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, yet this problem is still prevalent in the U.S. Protect yourself by learning how to identify the ...
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When Is It OK For An Employer To Fire An Employee?

Under common law, an employment contract of indefinite duration can be terminated by either the employee or the employer at any time for any reason, this is called at-will employment. Knowing this, ...
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Human Resources: The Key To Limiting Liability and Saving Money

Many smaller companies have the tendency to overlook one of the most important aspects of running their business. Despite having a limited number of employees, failing to properly manage your human ...
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White Collar Defense

Financially motivated nonviolent offenses are dubbed “White Collar Crimes”, which conveys a sense of respectability not usually associated with criminal charges. However, this theoretical ...
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