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Working Toward Change: Key Components of an Effective Lobby Day

Democracies provide avenues for individual citizens and interest groups to effect change on the local, state, and national levels. Not all advocates for change have had prior experience lobbying ...
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How Does California Define Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Dealers?

Collateral lending companies are some of the most widely misunderstood types of businesses in the U.S. They’re typically thought of as shops that buy and sell used goods, such as antiques or ...
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Every Business Needs a Bulletproof Employee Handbook

A well-designed employee handbook is the backbone of every human resources department. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear an HR expert discuss why she recommends consulting a law ...
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Injured? Don't Litigate-Mediate!

Personal injury law, or tort law, allows injured individuals to seek compensation for their losses if their injuries were the result of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional ...
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Best Practices for Pawnshop Owners

The collateral lending industry faces some unique challenges. Chiefly among them is the less-than-stellar reputation of pawnshops. Modern pawnshops aren’t the seedy, shady places that Hollywood ...
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Don't Breach HOA Regulations When Applying Pesticides

Laws change frequently, and homeowners’ associations (HOAs) must be careful to keep their own regulations in compliance with applicable federal and state laws. Likewise, homeowners need to be ...
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Purchasing Real Property? Get the FAQs and Answers on Escrow

The sale and purchase of real properties are significant financial transactions that warrant extra precautions. Escrow services and real estate laws can be complex, which is one reason why sellers and ...
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Keep Track of Employment Law Changes with This App

Federal and state labor law can change at any time throughout the year. It can be a costly mistake to assume that individual businesses will automatically be notified of modifications to the law. The ...
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When Do I Have to Pay My Employees Overtime?

Employers in California are subject to federal and state labor laws. You may have to pay your employees overtime if they work longer than a standard work week, but only if they are non-exempt. ...
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A Pawnbroker's Guide to Loan Agreements

California law requires pawnbrokers to have a written contract or loan agreement for every piece of property that is pledged as security for a loan. Since legal contracts can be complex, and because ...
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What Home Buyers Should Know About HOAs

Homeowner’s associations (HOAs) have their benefits and drawbacks. Before signing on the dotted line, have a lawyer look over the contract. You should also carefully read the rules and ...
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The Laws Every Agricultural Employer Should Know About

California feeds the nation. Almost half of all the vegetables, fruits, and nuts grown in the country originate in California. To produce reliable harvests every year, agricultural employers in the ...
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The Importance of Carefully Crafted HR Policies

In California, employees enjoy strong protections under existing labor laws, and it’s essential for employers to be aware of these regulations. A human resources policy that is in full ...
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Legal Issues Entrepreneurs Should Consider

Don’t wait for legal problems to catch up to you before you seek legal services. One of the smartest moves any entrepreneur can make is to consult a small business attorney before launching the ...
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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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