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What Employers Need to Know About “Ban the Box” (Assembly Bill No. 1008) By Kori Macksoud, Esq. In California, nearly one in three adults have an arrest or conviction record that can significantly undermine their efforts to obtain gainful employment. Experts have found that employment is essential to reducing recidivism, that people with criminal records …


Cold Survival Tactics for Frozen Truckers in the Wake of 2018’s Winter Storms By Matthew Harvey Early 2018 brought what meteorologists described as a “Bomb Cyclone” to the East Coast, which led to record-breaking freezing temperatures across the country. The Niagara Falls even froze over, and dozens of deaths were reported. To add insult to …


Guide to New Employment Laws for 2018 By Robyn McKibbin, Esq. New Employment Laws and regulations went in to effect January 1st, 2018. Find them below, and contact Stone | Dean’s Employment Law Practice Group for help updating your employment practices. Ban the Box: No Criminal History Inquiries before Making a Conditional Offer Do Not …


Snakes on a Plane? The Difference Between Service Animals & Support Animals By Leslie Blozan, Esq. Not so long ago, pets were not allowed in restaurants, markets and malls; only service animals such as guide dogs were ever seen at these locations. California law allows the disabled to bring trained service dogs and psychiatric service dogs to all …


The Care and Feeding of Self-Represented Plaintiffs By Suzanne Feffer, Esq. Seems easy enough: Defending a case against a plaintiff in pro per who likely has little or no knowledge of civil procedure — let alone the law that will govern the claim at issue — would not seem to be much of a challenge. …