November 20, 2014

Three Things I Learned Sitting On A Jury

I confess. I used to not trust juries. In fact, I did not believe in the jury system. And even though I tried cases to juries, I did not believe in the very people whom I was trying to convince. Honestly, and it pains me to even w...

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October 29, 2014

Are there any laws I should know about when advertising my business?

YES! Advertising laws are complicated. There are a lot of them. And there are even more urban myths about what rights consumers have (or do not have). But the consumer and advertising laws have a dominant theme: don’t screw ...

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July 9, 2014

Bellatrix PC is Hiring Attorneys

Seeking: Employment Lawyer with 3+ years’ experience in litigation and counseling for San Diego office.   The Job: The job will be equal parts counseling and litigation. The firm acts as outside and general counsel for seve...

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June 20, 2014

How Your Failure to Be Direct With Others Causes Lawsuits

One of the best pieces of advice that I received as a young lawyer was “Never confuse good news with good advice.” What does that mean? It means that you should tell or hear the truth, even when it hurts. I feel strongly that ...

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June 12, 2014

Five Reasons Why Employers Should Force Sick Employees to Go Home.

That’s Elliot, the office cat.  He’s actually not just an office cat, he’s my full time cat; but he hates being alone, so he goes to the office with me, where he promptly annoys everyone by sleeping in their inb...

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June 10, 2014

When your business dies: should you wind up, bankrupt or just walk away?

It is a well-documented fact: most small businesses fail.  All too often, I advise business owners and officers on what to do when it looks like the company just cannot make it another month.  What to do?  Should the business o...

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June 5, 2014

You Should Fire Narcissitic Clients and Customers

Today, I saw a T-Shirt that I wanted instantly. It said, “I’m a lawyer. I’m here to defend your ass. Not kiss it.” That prompted me to republish a blog post I wrote on my personal blog about a year ago. Wit...

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June 3, 2014

Minimum Wage Increases Affect Everything

Today Seattle made the economically insane move to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour, which is more than double the Federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. Other cities and states have also added to wage and price inflation and...

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May 31, 2014

When Do Employers Have To Accommodate Alcoholic Employees?

Employers should think twice before firing alcoholic employees because of the American with Disabilities Act (and similar state laws, such as the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and Missouri Human Rights Act).   Ma...

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May 30, 2014

Independent Contractors Equals Tax Evasion

The original title to this article was: “Why having 1099 independent contractors working at your business will get your audited by the IRS and the Labor Department for tax evasion.” I opted for the shorter, if simplist...

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