Election Day is Coming: What Do California Employers Need to Know?

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, is election day, the day when the citizens of our great nation will take part in the democratic process of casting votes in what is being hailed as the most important election in U.S. history. But, for many working people and their employers, it's also another workday. So, what should employers know, in order to ensure their employees, have a chance to exercise their right on this most important of days but make sure that business carries on as usual? Fortunately, reports abound of massive early voter turnouts and many employers will likely find that many of their workforces have already cast their ballots by mail than in prior election cycles. Many localities, how

Taking a Healthy Approach to Medical Records Retention

Most healthcare providers and organizations are aware that medical records must be retained in compliance to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). What may be less commonly known is that, pursuant to HIPPA, each state determines its own laws regarding medical record retention. In fact, HIPPA is actually silent on the issue of medical record retention requirements. The following information and overall purpose of this article is to answer frequently asked questions regarding medical records retention under California law. 1. How long must medical records be retained under California law? In short, medical records must be retained at a minimum for seven (7) years in

Control the Uncontrollable with Proper Estate Planning

The current pandemic has created a world of uncertainties and chaos that we never thought we were going to experience. Even in this unstable environment, there is a way to control the seemingly uncontrollable – estate planning. Every person, whether old, young, rich or poor, should invest in creating these vital legal documents, which dictate how financial and health affairs should be handled after death or incapacity. The first of these documents, and likely the first to come to mind due to the spread of COVID-19, is the Advanced Healthcare Directive, a legal document in which you can specify what actions should be taken for your health if you are unable to make your own decisions because o

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