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January 2019 Archives

State sues Huntington Beach over low-income housing

Governor Gavin Newsom and the State of California have accused the city of refusing to amend its housing plan to add more low-income housing. According to a report from KQED, this state law drafted in 2017 addresses the fact that California has more homeless than any other state as well prohibitively expensive housing costs. It is the first time that the governor has chosen to enforce it.

Insurance adjusters can be named in lawsuits

A Washington Court of Appeals ruled in 2018 that adjusters could be named individually in bad faith lawsuits nationwide. This news has reportedly sent shockwaves through the insurance industry. The Keodalah Decision involves plaintiffs who filed a suit against Allstate Insurance and company’s adjuster.

The LAUSD tries to balance needs of all

Politicians rarely run on a platform of raising taxes or giving raises to public sector employees at the local, state or federal level. This has led to a series of legal battles in recent years, particularly involving teachers’ unions. Therefore, the strike by 34,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District is just the latest of an ongoing series of strikes where educators seek pay raises and improvements in working conditions.

Handling extreme employee absenteeism

It is an unfortunate fact of life that people get sick or injured. While sympathy should go out to those with health issues, employee absences from the workplace can cause tremendous logistical problems for businesses. A missed week is a minor inconvenience, but a medical condition or severe injury can leave managers and employers wondering where they can turn to resolve the matter.

Addressing a breached contract in California

The cornerstone of just about any business is entering into contracts with customers, vendors, employees and partners. Some are a straightforward bill of sales, but others are complex agreements with multiple partners worth millions of dollars. One thing that is generally understood is that those who sign a contract are expected to honor it. Sometimes, however, one party fails to deliver on their part of the agreement. When this happens, the other party may want or need to pursue legal action.

Are you on the fence about an employee handbook? Read on

You are probably like other business owners here in Huntington Beach who don't like to do paperwork. The less time you spend creating documents or filling out paperwork, the better off you will be. When you began your business, you tried your best to take care of as much of it as possible, especially those documents that you knew you only had to do once.

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