Legal Advisor

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Legal Advisor – Bug-A-Salt Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Skell, Inc., dba Bug-A-Salt, has filed suit against the department store chain Dillard’s and its distributor, William E. Connor & Associates, for infringing on Skell’s 2013 patent for a “bug killing gun” according to BugA-Salt’s attorney, Liat Cohen. The complaint was filed in United States District Court of Delaware, case 1:20-CV-01567- UNA. In the suit, Loren Maggiore, the inventor of Bug-A-Salt, defines his invention as, “A ‘gun’ that uses table salt as particulate projectiles to stun or kill insects, particularly flies.”

February 22nd, 2021|

Legal Advisor – Protect Your Business

In California Trade Secrets is a broad term which includes all proprietary information, financial records, client lists, manufacturing or production details, formulas, operational strategies and anything related to your particular business which is not common knowledge to the public or in the industry.

February 15th, 2021|

Legal Advisor – Skell, Inc., dba Bug-A-Salt, Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Dillard’s Inc.

In the suit, Loren Maggiore, the inventor of Bug-A-Salt, defines his invention as, "A 'gun' that uses table salt as particulate projectiles to stun or kill insects, particularly flies." The patented Bug-A-Salt gun, which is safe around children and pets, has been on the market since 2013. More than three million Bug-A-Salt units have been sold; revenue from several versions of the product have resulted in sales in excess of $100 million.

February 5th, 2021|

Legal Advisor – Family Leave Big Changes

Employers of all sizes should review their existing leave policies because small employers who never had to previously comply with CFRA/FMLA leave and large employers who have worksites in California will need to develop policies and procedures for these new leave requirements and provide CFRA leave to all employees in California.

January 29th, 2021|

Legal Advisor – WORDS OF 2020 – A Whole New Vocabulary

Say goodbye to Covid-19 and hope it leaves the world in 2021
Notice the words you thought you knew. They now have A new MEANING:

  • Social Distancing: Stay 6 feet away from other people.
  • Quarantine: How many days you must stay inside.
  • Face Mask: Wear one when outside or with other humans.

January 7th, 2021|

Legal Advisor – YEAR-END CHECK LIST

Put your business on the track to success by following this checklist - Review leases, vendor and services agreements and operating contracts, do they need revisions? An update? - Review your NDAs and modify where needed; is your Company's confidential information protected? - Is your Employee Handbook up to date? Does it include new Covid Rules?

December 9th, 2020|

Legal Advisor – NEW OSHA COVID Guidelines

The regulations require employers to provide COVID-19 testing to all employees if there is a workplace outbreak, which is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in an exposed workplace within a 14-day period. Employers are also required to provide free masks and personal protective equipment to all workers, to identify a "competent employer representative to establish, implement, and maintain an effective written compliance action plan to protect employees" and to "share the plan with employees and employee representatives."

December 7th, 2020|

Legal Advisor – TELEWORK NOT FOREVER

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided guidance stating that Employers who accommodated employees by giving them permission to work remotely during the COVID crisis are NOT required to continue remote telework for employees.

October 14th, 2020|

Legal Advisor – EXPANDED PAID SICK LEAVE

Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1867, which gives all California workers who test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus that causes the disease access to paid sick time for the rest of 2020

September 22nd, 2020|

Legal Advisor – VIRTUAL MEETINGS

Covid 19 has changed doing business in new and sometimes challenging ways. The old face-to-face meeting has become history in many places, especially with legal matters.

September 2nd, 2020|

Legal Advisor – Trending Lawsuits Increase

Employee lawsuits are rising in California due to the new laws enacted related to the Coronavirus. In California employment is "at will" (unless you are under a contract) and employers may terminate employees with or without a reason at anytime with or without notice.

August 15th, 2020|

Legal Advisor – Why Retain Documents?

Every business should have a Document Retention Policy in place for their own use and in case of a lawsuit. Companies have a right to review emails and other communications exchanged between employees. This can only be done if the information is stored and kept.

July 22nd, 2020|

Legal Advisor – Business Re-Open Checklist

As An Employer You Must Respond to a Variety of issues to Maintain and Re-Open Operations During the COVID-19 Outbreak Since this situation is unpredictable you, as an employer, must  take a number of actions to ensure your business practices follow local and state guidelines

June 11th, 2020|

Legal Advisor – Get it in writing

Recently I have been asked questions by people having work done on their homes. Sometimes it is a full remodeling, sometimes it is serious repairs or maybe a new water heater or air conditioning unit. My answer is always the same, for any project or purchase or workers hired

April 30th, 2020|

Legal Advisor – Sexual Harassment Training Deadlines!

Training Requirements: Effective January 1, 2020, California Employers of five (5) or more employees, including employees who work outside California and/or seasonal workers, received a one-year extension through January 1, 2021 to complete required sexual harassment prevention training for ALL employees.

February 20th, 2020|

Why should a company or an individual hire me over another attorney?

There are many attorneys in California -- you can’t shake a stick without hitting one.  Attorneys, like in any profession are basically mediocre, some attorneys are simply not qualified unfortunately and then there are the few that excel in the areas that they practice in -- and I am one of those that excels in my areas of practice 

February 17th, 2020|

Legal Advisor – Embezzlement Can Sink Your Business

Every Business can fall prey to fraud, embezzlement, and other types of scams. That’s how billions of dollars are lost each year; by theft from employees. You hear about it mostly from large corporations, but size is not a guard against theft. An employee can walk away with goods to resell or with money in the form of cash or checks.

February 5th, 2020|