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Workplace Discrimination: Are You A Victim?

There are numerous Federal and state laws that protect California workers from discrimination in the workplace. These laws are designed to provide for equal opportunity employment for workers of all races, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, and more. The laws generally protect those seeking employment, those that are employed, and those … Read More

Which Traffic Violations Cause the Most Car Accident Fatalities?

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Statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show there are various reasons why car accident fatalities occur each year. Distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, not wearing seatbelts and ignoring the right of way cause thousands of deaths annually. Auto accident-related fatalities kill 37,000 per year in the … Read More

Forming a Business Partnership: Do I need a lawyer?

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Forming a business partnership can be a simple process. A partnership is simply an agreement between two or more persons to operate a business for profit. The agreement is not required to be in writing to be enforceable, however, not having a partnership agreement in writing can lead to complications … Read More

Determining Fault After a Rear-End Collision in Modesto

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There are currently over 200,000 people living in Modesto, California. A large portion of the population has a driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle. It should surprise no one that car accidents occur on a regular basis in Modesto, particularly on Highway 99 and State Route 132. According … Read More

Deadline Extension for the Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger Scholarship

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Updated Deadline: Monday, April 1st, 2019 The Law Offices of Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger 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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger Scholarship Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

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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 … Read More

6 New California Employment Laws That Have Women in Mind

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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: … Read More

New Bill Proposals Would Give More Privacy to Moms in the Workplace

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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 … Read More

California Legislature Proposes Bills That Could Change Employment Contracts Regarding Sexual Misconduct

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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 … Read More