Christopher B. Dolan

As fans demand to be closer to the action at baseball games, the likelihood of injury increases. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

If you’re in the stands, keep your eye on the ball

This week’s question coincides with baseball season, which is the perfect time…

As fans demand to be closer to the action at baseball games, the likelihood of injury increases. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Marble, a San Francisco company founded in 2015, makes food deliveries for Eat24 in the Potrero and Mission Neighborhoods. (Courtesy photo)

The battle between robots and humans

This week’s question comes from Aimee F. in Seacliff, who asks, Q:…

Marble, a San Francisco company founded in 2015, makes food deliveries for Eat24 in the Potrero and Mission Neighborhoods. (Courtesy photo)
Tenants should refer to their lease agreements to see if there are any discrepancies between the document and any verbal agreements with the landlord. (Courtesy photo)

Understanding your lease agreement

This week’s question comes from a concerned parent in south Marin, who…

Tenants should refer to their lease agreements to see if there are any discrepancies between the document and any verbal agreements with the landlord. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco is the first American city to pass a law in giving workers the right to request flexible work arrangements. (Courtesy photo)

SF allows for flexibility in the workplace

This week’s question comes from Candice in San Leandro, who asks: Q:…

San Francisco is the first American city to pass a law in giving workers the right to request flexible work arrangements. (Courtesy photo)
A growing number of people being hurt while riding e-scooters. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Following chain of liability in e-scooter injuries

This week’s question comes from John T. in Portola Valley, who asks:…

A growing number of people being hurt while riding e-scooters. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Many damages resulting from potholes may simply not fall within any property owner’s scope of liability.(Courtesy photo)

Bumpy road for pothole liability

This week’s question comes from Jennifer in Mill Valley, who writes, Q:…

Many damages resulting from potholes may simply not fall within any property owner’s scope of liability.(Courtesy photo)
Employers, gig or otherwise, can be sued for economic, non-economic, or punitive damages in the millions of dollars. (Courtesy photo)

Reporting sexual harassment in the gig economy

This week’s question comes from K, who asks: Q:“I am female and…

Employers, gig or otherwise, can be sued for economic, non-economic, or punitive damages in the millions of dollars. (Courtesy photo)
If a fallen branch from a neighbor’s tree causes injury to a vehicle, person or structure, they are likely liable for the damages caused. (Courtesy photo)

Finding liability for falling trees

Recently, I addressed a question posed by a reader who asked who…

If a fallen branch from a neighbor’s tree causes injury to a vehicle, person or structure, they are likely liable for the damages caused. (Courtesy photo)
A number of sexual harassment laws went into effect in California on Jan. 1, and were partly influenced by the work of the #MeToo movement. (Courtesy photo)

California starts year with laws targeting sexual harasssment

Around this time every year, I write a series of articles on…

A number of sexual harassment laws went into effect in California on Jan. 1, and were partly influenced by the work of the #MeToo movement. (Courtesy photo)
Human trafficking does not always include physical restraint. Psychological control like threats or fraud can be enough. (Courtesy photo)

How to spot human trafficking

This weeks question comes from Lydia in San Francisco, who writes: Q:…

Human trafficking does not always include physical restraint. Psychological control like threats or fraud can be enough. (Courtesy photo)
Employers can minimize the dangers of harrassment at end-of-the-year holiday parties by setting clear guidelines for the expected behavior. (Courtesy photo)

Planning a Work-Appropriate Holiday Party

Every year, my firm receives multiple phone calls from people who have…

Employers can minimize the dangers of harrassment at end-of-the-year holiday parties by setting clear guidelines for the expected behavior. (Courtesy photo)
Scoot’s Jasmine Wallsmith and Javon Salone ride the company’s new Kick scooter on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 ahead of The City’s rollout of permitted scooters. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Picking a scooter company

This week’s question comes from Quinton in San Francisco, who asks: Q:…

Scoot’s Jasmine Wallsmith and Javon Salone ride the company’s new Kick scooter on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 ahead of The City’s rollout of permitted scooters. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
E-scooter companies need to do more to ensure their vehicles are parked safely. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Scooter companies show no concern for users, pedestrians

This week’s article is a continuation of my open letter to Scoot,…

E-scooter companies need to do more to ensure their vehicles are parked safely. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Two women ride Lime dockless electric scooters along the sidewalk on Market Street in April 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Time for scooter companies to be responsible

The following is part one of an open letter to Scoot, Skip,…

Two women ride Lime dockless electric scooters along the sidewalk on Market Street in April 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Tesla’s recent move to provide onsite health services reflects a longstanding practice of large manufacturers. (Courtesy Photo)

Impact of onsite health clinics on workers’ rights

This weeks question comes from Tara S. from Fremont, who writes: Q:…

Tesla’s recent move to provide onsite health services reflects a longstanding practice of large manufacturers. (Courtesy Photo)
Accidental deaths caused by motor vehicles generally fall under the rubric of vehicular manslaughter and, if the driver acts with gross negligence, may also be prosecuted as murder. (Courtesy photo)

Consequences of vehicular homicide

This week’s question comes from Jane in San Rafael, who asks: Q:“I…

Accidental deaths caused by motor vehicles generally fall under the rubric of vehicular manslaughter and, if the driver acts with gross negligence, may also be prosecuted as murder. (Courtesy photo)
A juror with a disability or hardship may be disqualified from their duties, or entitled to seek accomodations to be able to participate in the trial. (Courtesy photo)

Jury duty and disabilities

Following an article I wrote recently on Jury selection, I was contacted…

A juror with a disability or hardship may be disqualified from their duties, or entitled to seek accomodations to be able to participate in the trial. (Courtesy photo)
To prevent traffic accidents, California has enacted specific laws determining safety regulations for vehicles that transport produce. (Courtesy Photo)

Safety regulations for commercial trucks carrying produce

This week’s question comes from Mark C. in Modesto, who asks: Q:…

To prevent traffic accidents, California has enacted specific laws determining safety regulations for vehicles that transport produce. (Courtesy Photo)
Residents can write a demand letter to the city if local government fails to talke action to correct dangerous conditions around places like construction sites. (courtesy photo)

Reporting a dangerous condition on public property

This week’s question comes from a reader in Larkspur, who writes: Q:“The…

Residents can write a demand letter to the city if local government fails to talke action to correct dangerous conditions around places like construction sites. (courtesy photo)
School principals and other supervisory employees have the duty to take reasonable measures to guard students against the harassment and abuse from foreseeable forces. (Courtesy photo)

Tackling sexual assault in schools

This week’s question comes from Susan L. in Oakland, who writes: Q:…

School principals and other supervisory employees have the duty to take reasonable measures to guard students against the harassment and abuse from foreseeable forces. (Courtesy photo)