Christopher B. Dolan

In San Francisco, an employee may use paid sick leave to care for a parent, legal guardian, sibling, child, spouse, registered domestic partner or grandparent. (Courtesy photo)

Employer retaliation is unlawful when requesting paid sick leave

This week’s question comes from Kathy in San Francisco, who writes: Q:…

In San Francisco, an employee may use paid sick leave to care for a parent, legal guardian, sibling, child, spouse, registered domestic partner or grandparent. (Courtesy photo)
If a child is assaulted in an educational setting, the law requires the school to be held liable for the losses under certain situations. (Courtesy photo)

Follow these steps if your child is a possible victim of sexual abuse

This week’s question comes from Shauna, who writes: Q: “I am the…

If a child is assaulted in an educational setting, the law requires the school to be held liable for the losses under certain situations. (Courtesy photo)
Even with the air-conditioner on and the windows rolled down, an individual may be punished and face charges for leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. (Courtesy photo)

No exceptions to law that prohibits leaving children in cars

This week’s question comes from Cheryl in Petaluma, who asks: Q: “I…

Even with the air-conditioner on and the windows rolled down, an individual may be punished and face charges for leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. (Courtesy photo)
Large cracks and potholes are seen along Urbano Drive in San Francisco’s Ingleside neighborhood in May. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Speak up about potholes and cracked sidewalks

This week’s question comes from Daniela in Bernal Heights, who told me…

Large cracks and potholes are seen along Urbano Drive in San Francisco’s Ingleside neighborhood in May. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
An arbitration agreement can be far more sinister than some of the other documents that new employees are often asked to sign. (Courtesy graphic)

Am I required to sign my arbitration agreement?

This week’s question comes from J.J. in San Francisco, who writes: Q:…

An arbitration agreement can be far more sinister than some of the other documents that new employees are often asked to sign. (Courtesy graphic)
During a press conference held by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley in Oakland on June 5, 2017 announcing felony criminal charges filed against Deric Ion Almena and Max Harris in connection with the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Dolan: What’s next in the case of the ‘Ghost Ship’ fire?

This week’s column will provide a brief update on the civil lawsuits…

During a press conference held by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley in Oakland on June 5, 2017 announcing felony criminal charges filed against Deric Ion Almena and Max Harris in connection with the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
More than 70 percent of the severe injury and fatal traffic collisions in San Francisco occur on just 12 percent of The City’s streets. (Courtesy photo)

Pedestrians Bill of Rights

This week’s question comes from Bryan in San Francisco in response to…

More than 70 percent of the severe injury and fatal traffic collisions in San Francisco occur on just 12 percent of The City’s streets. (Courtesy photo)
Employees who work in San Francisco are afforded rights through the city’s own paid sick leave ordinance, which provides them the ability to take (limited) time off when they are sick, when they are needed to care for their family members or have been the victims of domestic violence. (Courtesy photo)

California has a variety of family leave laws

This week’s question comes from Adam in Mission Bay, who writes: Q:…

Employees who work in San Francisco are afforded rights through the city’s own paid sick leave ordinance, which provides them the ability to take (limited) time off when they are sick, when they are needed to care for their family members or have been the victims of domestic violence. (Courtesy photo)
It’s a myth that drivers can multitask well. There is no safe way to make a call or text while driving. (Courtesy photo)

Texting isn’t the only illegal phone activity while driving

This week’s question comes from Sandra in the Upper Haight, who writes:…

It’s a myth that drivers can multitask well. There is no safe way to make a call or text while driving. (Courtesy photo)
Mourners gathered outside the Ghost Ship warehouse days after it burned to the ground. The city of Oakland may be held accountable for not inspecting it. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

Deadline approaches to file claim for Ghost Ship fire

On the night of Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, 36 people perished, almost…

Mourners gathered outside the Ghost Ship warehouse days after it burned to the ground. The city of Oakland may be held accountable for not inspecting it. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Under California law, teachers and other school employees must supervise students on school grounds and enforce rules and regulations necessary to their protection. (Courtesy photo)

Teachers, schools can be liable for ‘negligent supervision’

This week’s question comes from a parent on the Peninsula who wishes…

Under California law, teachers and other school employees must supervise students on school grounds and enforce rules and regulations necessary to their protection. (Courtesy photo)
A cyclist crosses the intersection of Oak and Stanyan streets in San Francisco. (Michael Ares/2015 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Commonsense safety tips for Bike to Work Day

Today is Bike to Work Day in the San Francisco Bay Area.…

A cyclist crosses the intersection of Oak and Stanyan streets in San Francisco. (Michael Ares/2015 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Dogs are often not the ones to blame in attacks, but rather irresponsible owners who have trained the dog to be aggressive or let them run off leash. (Courtesy photo)

Put a leash on negligent dog owners

This week’s question comes from Irina in San Francisco, who writes: Q:…

Dogs are often not the ones to blame in attacks, but rather irresponsible owners who have trained the dog to be aggressive or let them run off leash. (Courtesy photo)
The speed at which a driver travels is considered in determining fault; however, speed, itself, does not determine liability. (Courtesy photo)

Speed, visibility key in determining who’s at fault in motorcycle crash

This week’s question comes from Jacob in San Francisco, who writes: Q:…

The speed at which a driver travels is considered in determining fault; however, speed, itself, does not determine liability. (Courtesy photo)
Tree roots protrude from the sidewalk on Clipper Street in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood on Oct. 26, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco is obligated to inspect public sidewalks for hazards

This week’s question comes from Daryl in San Francisco, who writes: Q:…

Tree roots protrude from the sidewalk on Clipper Street in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood on Oct. 26, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Save written communications, emails, voicemails and text messages evidencing why you were terminated. (Courtesy photo)

Keep detailed records to protect against unlawful termination

This week’s question comes from Kate in San Francisco, who writes: Q:…

Save written communications, emails, voicemails and text messages evidencing why you were terminated. (Courtesy photo)
President Donald Trump is facing a lawsuit for an incident that happened last year at a campaign rally in Louisville, Ky., in which he allegedly incited violence against protesters by telling the crowd, “Get ’em out of here.” (Courtesy photo)

Inciting violence is illegal, even when you’re president

This week’s question comes from Greg in Castro Valley, who writes: Q:…

President Donald Trump is facing a lawsuit for an incident that happened last year at a campaign rally in Louisville, Ky., in which he allegedly incited violence against protesters by telling the crowd, “Get ’em out of here.” (Courtesy photo)
Fátima Casas, a UC Berkeley undergrad student, has been named the winner of the inaugural Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarship. (Courtesy photo)

Channeling our inner social justice warrior

This week, I wish to share news concerning some of the Dolan…

Fátima Casas, a UC Berkeley undergrad student, has been named the winner of the inaugural Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarship. (Courtesy photo)
In most cities in California, local ordinances state it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain in good condition the sidewalks, curbs and gutters that border his or her property. (Courtesy photo)

Who’s to blame for an uneven sidewalk?

Last week’s column, which addressed a question from a woman whose father…

In most cities in California, local ordinances state it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain in good condition the sidewalks, curbs and gutters that border his or her property. (Courtesy photo)
If an employee was aware of a floor hazard and did not immediately respond, there would be sound basis to bring a legal claim. (Courtesy photo)

Liability established for slip-and-fall injuries

This week’s question comes from Paula in the Sunset, who writes: Q:…

If an employee was aware of a floor hazard and did not immediately respond, there would be sound basis to bring a legal claim. (Courtesy photo)