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Litigation and Transactional Lawyers in Modesto

  1. Deadline Extension for the Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin Scholarship
    Updated Deadline: Monday, April 1st, 2019 The Law Offices of Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin would like to announce a deadline extension for our undergraduate student scholarship. Students now have until Monday, April 1st, 2019 to submit an application for consideration. Each academic school year, we recognize one student for their service to others. We are offering a $1,000 scholarship to an undergraduate student who is committed to serving others and bettering their community. This scholarship is one way we give back to our community. We are honored to recognize students who share our values. Interested in Applying for the Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin Scholarship? If you feel that you are an eligible candidate for our scholarship, then we welcome you to submit an application for consideration. There are three parts to the application: Student status. You must provide proof of undergraduate enrollment. If you are an incoming student, please provide a copy of your acceptan …
  2. 2019 Employment Law Updates
    Rules Affecting California Employers in 2019 Happy New Year! Below is a summary of the 2019 changes that will affect California employers. California Minimum Wage Increasing California minimum wage increases on January 1, 2019, to $12 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees, and to $11.00 an hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. A new minimum wage poster has been released and is included with this update.  Please ensure that you post it. The increases apply to exempt employees as well.  An exempt employee, in addition to meeting exempt duties requirements, must be paid a weekly salary of no less than $960 weekly, $4,160 monthly, and $49,920 annually (for employers with 26 or more employees). Lactation Accommodation Under current state law an employer must provide a location other than a toilet stall for an employee to express breast milk.  The location must also be private and in close proximity to the employee’s work area.  Effective January 1, 2019, the law now requ …
  3. Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin Scholarship Opportunity for Undergraduate Students
    Take Advantage of Our $1,000 Scholarship Opportunity Each academic school year, we recognize one student for their service to others. We are offering a $1,000 scholarship to an undergraduate student who is committed to serving others and bettering their community. This scholarship is one way we give back to our community. We are honored to recognize students who share our values. Interested in Applying for the Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin Scholarship? If you feel that you are an eligible candidate for our scholarship, then we welcome you to submit an application for consideration. There are three parts to the application: Student status. You must provide proof of undergraduate enrollment. If you are an incoming student, please provide a copy of your acceptance letter from an accredited university. If you are a current student, please provide a copy of your current transcript. Current students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. An essay. In your application, please pro …
  4. 6 New California Employment Laws That Have Women in Mind
    Do California Employment Laws Adequately Protect Women? Governor Jerry Brown recently signed several bills into law that will bring reforms to the workplace. With many bills pushing for greater workplace transparency and responsibility in the wake of the #MeToo movement, here are some of the bills that made the cut: Senate Bill 826 (SB 826) – Female Board Members This bill brings women to the forefront of a corporation. SB 826 requires all publicly held corporations, domestic and foreign, with principal executive offices in California, to have at least one female on its board of directors by the end of 2019. A corporation may add an additional director to its board to comply. By the end of 2021, corporations must have the correct number of female directors in relation to their board size outlined in SB 826. For example, a corporation with five directors must have two female directors. If a corporation has six or more directors, three of them must be female. The Secretary of State must …
  5. New Bill Proposals Would Give More Privacy to Moms in the Workplace
    Understanding Lactation Space Laws in California According to the California Labor Code, every employer must provide reasonable accommodations and breaks to employees who need to lactate for their infant children. Presently, a lactation space must be private. However, it cannot be a toilet stall and must be in close proximity to the employee’s work area. The space can be an employee’s work area if it meets the previously mentioned criteria. California Legislature has proposed two bills, that if signed into law, would expand California’s current law with more protections for mothers who require lactation breaks: Assembly Bill 1976: This bill expands current law by clarifying that the lactation space must also be separate from a designated bathroom. Though a permanent lactation space is recommended, it would not be required if the employee could prove operational, financial or space limitations. A temporary space would be compliant if it were private, free from intrusion, separate from a …
  6. California Legislature Proposes Bills That Could Change Employment Contracts Regarding Sexual Misconduct
    Understanding The Changes in California Employment Contracts Regarding Sexual Misconduct Since the worldwide phenomenon of the #MeToo movement swept the nation last year, activists, supporters and government officials have pressed for reform in the workplace. California legislature has recently proposed a few bills, that if signed into law, would limit settlement agreements, ban contractual limits on arbitration agreements, ban waivers on right to testify, and greatly expand the standards and laws surrounding sexual harassment. SB 820: For settlement agreements entered into, on or after January 1, 2019, SB 820 would prohibit and make void any provision that prevents the disclosure of information related to civil or administrative complaints of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and workplace harassment or discrimination based on sex.  AB 3080: For arbitration agreements entered into, modified or extended on or after January 1, 2019, AB 3080 would forbid any business to require any job …
  7. What Can Be Deducted from My Paycheck?
    Learn More About State And Federal Paycheck Deductions The difference between your earned salary and the amount you take home differs greatly. It’s important that you’re aware of what your employer can legally deduct from your paycheck. An employer may only deduct expenses that adhere to federal and state laws such as health insurance premiums, income withholding taxes, and any selected retirement deductions.  In California, employment laws prohibit employers from deducting the following from your paycheck: Business expenses. If you spend your personal money on a work-related expense, you must be reimbursed by your employer. These expenses may include parking and toll costs while driving a company vehicle, other travel expenses, and business meals. Equipment, tools and uniforms. Employers must provide the proper equipment to do your job. If you’re required to purchase any items, you must be reimbursed. This may include any tools, uniforms, or other items required to do your job. Some j …
  8. Essential Tenant Rights You Should Know When Leasing Property
    Renting A House? Learn More About California Tenant Rights Laws If you’re looking to rent property, it’s especially important for you to understand the California tenant rights laws. These laws are put in place to help ensure the landlord-tenant relationship is fair. There are a few things you should know before, during, and after leasing property from a landlord in the state of California. Understanding these tenant rights is critical in making sure you leasing experience is positive: Discrimination. The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from discriminating against potential tenants based on race, age, gender, religion, disability, familial status and ethnicity. Both the state of California and the federal government have laws in place to prevent discrimination. Signing a Lease.  Make sure the document you’re signing includes: the amount of rent, when and where the rent is to be paid, and the amount of the security deposit. These key details can help to minimize disputes between yo …
  9. What You Need to Know About Insurance Law
    Important Information About California Insurance Law Insurance is a contract where one party pays a premium and the other party promises to reimburse them for certain types of losses. These losses can include illness, property damage, or death. Insurance law is the practice of law surrounding insurance. Insurance law is made up of three areas of focus: Insurance Coverage: Insurance coverage can involve disputes between insurers about excess coverage or reinsurance. In these cases, the insurance company will hire insurance defense attorneys to represent the insured in an insurance coverage case. Insurance coverage cases usually focus on the language of the policy and analyzing said policy language. Insurance Defense: this takes place when an insurance company hires counsel to defend the insured. The defense typically works to defend against accusations regarding the insured causing bodily injury or property damage to another person. The defense further helps the insured figure out when …
  10. Five Warning Signs of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
    Understand the Warning Signs For Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Recent news suggests that sexual harassment is rampant in workplaces in California and across the country. You have most likely heard of the viral #MeToo campaign in recent months. Millions of people targeted with sexual assault or harassment have used the hashtag to share their stories. Sexual harassment can lead to a hostile workplace or even psychological issues. Therefore, it is important to recognize the warning signs of sexual harassment. Unwelcome physical advances. Unwelcome physical interactions could be a warning sign of sexual harassment. The perpetrator or perpetrators may subject you to unwelcome physical advances, such as backrubs, kissing or hugging. Unwelcome emails or texts. Sexual harassment can also take place over social media, text messaging or emails. Beware of unwelcome emails, text messages, memes or photos that are sexist or sexually-oriented. You may be able to save these communications if you …