Christopher B. Dolan

Many variables come into play in determining whether additional coverage is available in the case of a crash with injuries involving an under-insured driver. (Courtesy Shutterstock)

Who pays when at fault drivers are minimally insured?

This week’s question comes from Lydia in South San Francisco who asks:…

Many variables come into play in determining whether additional coverage is available in the case of a crash with injuries involving an under-insured driver. (Courtesy Shutterstock)
Fraud and misrepresentation in the workplace

Fraud and misrepresentation in the workplace

By Christopher Dolan and Mari Bandoma Callado This week’s question comes from…

Fraud and misrepresentation in the workplace
Amazon has received multiple reports of fires caused by hoverboards that it sold. (Courtesy photo)

More accountability is needed for Amazon

This week’s article will focus on a legal battle my firm is…

Amazon has received multiple reports of fires caused by hoverboards that it sold. (Courtesy photo)
Uber and Lyft drivers are now protected under Assembly Bill 5 and should receive benefits due to employees. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Are Uber / Lyft drivers independent contractors?

The new law that you have heard about, AB 5, amends Labor Code Section 3351

Uber and Lyft drivers are now protected under Assembly Bill 5 and should receive benefits due to employees. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Trying to capture someone making racist or offensive comments on video is against federal and state laws. (Courtesy photo)

Pause and think before you hit record

The implications of secret recordings in the workplace

Trying to capture someone making racist or offensive comments on video is against federal and state laws. (Courtesy photo)
Who is liable for falling trees?

Who is liable for falling trees?

State law provides that the owner of a tree whose branches overhang an adjoining landowner’s property is liable for damages caused by the overhanging branches.

Who is liable for falling trees?
You don’t need to put up with a hostile working environment

You don’t need to put up with a hostile working environment

Today’s question comes from Geraldine T. in Berkeley: “After reading your article…

You don’t need to put up with a hostile working environment
New state laws expand workplace protections against sexual harassment

New state laws expand workplace protections against sexual harassment

Ava G from The Haight asks: “I heard that there were some…

New state laws expand workplace protections against sexual harassment
Most gift cards come without expiration dates

Most gift cards come without expiration dates

This question comes from Kim M. in Pacific Heights, who asks: Q:…

Most gift cards come without expiration dates
Workers in California are eligible for one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, with very limited exceptions. (Courtesy photo)

Who is eligible for paid sick leave?

This week’s question comes from Angela in Berkeley, who asks: Q:“I work…

Workers in California are eligible for one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, with very limited exceptions. (Courtesy photo)
In general, California Vehicle Code regulations apply to all drivers but there is an exception for emergency vehicles.                                 Courtesy photo

Identifying liability in an officer-involved accident

This week’s column focuses on a recent incident about which we have…

In general, California Vehicle Code regulations apply to all drivers but there is an exception for emergency vehicles.                                 Courtesy photo
California specifically recognizes cyberbullying as harmful to students as face-to-face conflict. (Courtesy photo)

What responsibility do schools carry for cyberbullying?

This week’s question comes from Michelle P., who writes: Q: “My daughter…

California specifically recognizes cyberbullying as harmful to students as face-to-face conflict. (Courtesy photo)
With the C.R.O.W.N. Act, California became the first state in the country to ban discrimination in schools and workplaces based on natural and protective hairstyles, like dreadlocks. (Courtesy photo)

C.R.O.W.N. Act Natural Hair Grooming Protections in the Workplace

By Christopher Dolan and Mari Bandoma Callado This week’s question comes from…

With the C.R.O.W.N. Act, California became the first state in the country to ban discrimination in schools and workplaces based on natural and protective hairstyles, like dreadlocks. (Courtesy photo)
Cars must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights, and remain stopped until the lights are turned off. (Courtesy photo)

Drivers, slow down for students

This week’s question comes from Becky M. in SoMa who asks: Q:…

Cars must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights, and remain stopped until the lights are turned off. (Courtesy photo)
A person injured in a “dooring” accident has the right to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages. (Courtesy photo)

Getting ‘doored’ by a ride-hail driver

By Christopher Dolan and Cristina Garcia This week’s question comes from Nancy…

A person injured in a “dooring” accident has the right to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages. (Courtesy photo)
Service animals in an office environment could pose a challenge for employees with severe allergies. (Courtesy photo)

A balancing act for employers: service animals and allergies in the workplace

By Christopher Dolan and Vanessa Deniston This week’s question comes from Brian…

Service animals in an office environment could pose a challenge for employees with severe allergies. (Courtesy photo)
Starting the conversation and educating ourselves around human trafficking is a crucial first step in addressing the issue. (Courtesy photo)

Potential signs of human trafficking

By Christopher Dolan and Dianna Albini Unfortunately, and incomprehensibly, we are growing…

Starting the conversation and educating ourselves around human trafficking is a crucial first step in addressing the issue. (Courtesy photo)
Prop 213 bars uninsured drivers from recovering for non-economic damages if they were not insured at the time of the collision. (Courtesy photo)

Prop 213 prevents injured drivers from recovering damages

By Christopher B. Dolan and Cristina Garcia This week’s question comes from…

Prop 213 bars uninsured drivers from recovering for non-economic damages if they were not insured at the time of the collision. (Courtesy photo)
The map identifies potential trafficking locations in the United States, according to data compiled by nonprofit the Polaris Project, with the red areas indicating the highest concentration of human trafficking. (Courtesy Polaris Project)

The $150 billion a year industry that is killing our children

By Christopher Dolan and Dianna Albini “It ought to concern every person,…

The map identifies potential trafficking locations in the United States, according to data compiled by nonprofit the Polaris Project, with the red areas indicating the highest concentration of human trafficking. (Courtesy Polaris Project)
In 2005, California became the first state to adopt a heat illness prevention standard to protect outdoor workers. (Courtesy photo)

Working safely in extreme weather

By Christopher Dolan and Emile Davis This week’s question comes from Danny…

In 2005, California became the first state to adopt a heat illness prevention standard to protect outdoor workers. (Courtesy photo)