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What is employment practices insurance and do I need it?

As a small or medium-sized business owner in California, you know that one negative event could cause your entire business to collapse. Running a business is often a delicate balance between adhering to employment laws, while still making decisions that are best for your business. This is not always easy, and there may come a time when you find yourself…

Judge rejects EPA finding that popular pesticide is safe

During the administration of President Donald Trump, the federal Environmental Protection Agency issued many rulings that were, to say the least, very controversial. One of the most controversial of such rulings was the declaration that the weed killer Roundup does not pose a serious health risk and was “not likely” to cause cancer. The regulation was challenged in the courts,…

Three things dry cleaners should know about contamination liability

Frequently, owners and occupiers of dry cleaning businesses, or those who purchase a building currently or formerly used as a dry cleaning business, will have liability for cleaning up contamination caused by PERC/PCE. PERC/PCE is a colorless liquid that was used for years in dry cleaning and is considered toxic but will be phased out in California by 2023. The…

Protection that CGL insurance should provide

California business owners have the daily task of balancing the risks and rewards that come with running an operation and keeping it lucrative. What can knock a company off course, however, is when some unforeseen event occurs that creates liability exposure. One invaluable tool that protects a business from financial harm is Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance, but it is…

Understanding hazardous waste disposal in San Diego

San Diego businesses dealing with hazardous materials have a litany of rules and regulations they must adhere to in avoiding being sanctioned, facing lawsuits and having their entire existence threatened. Those that deal with hazardous materials are required to handle and dispose of those materials in certain ways to ensure the environment is not negatively impacted. Knowing how to properly…

Avoiding liability for dry-cleaning contamination

The dry-cleaning industry has come under scrutiny in recent years for groundwater contamination and pollution, resulting in many complex environmental laws and regulations involving dry-cleaning businesses. Understanding and complying with these laws can be challenging for owners of dry-cleaning businesses or property owners who rent to dry cleaning businesses. However, proactively acting to efficiently solve problems and taking steps to…

DISH Network fined millions for improper hazardous waste disposal

Far too many businesses in California underestimate the importance of abiding by hazardous waste disposal laws. This is especially problematic because once regulators catch the violations, they’ve usually been going on for a significant period of time. As a result, the penalties that are imposed can be significant, causing substantial damage to the business in question. DISH Network faces massive…

Here’s how to prepare for your bad faith claim

Your business might rest easy knowing that it has an insurance policy meant to cover a whole host of unforeseen circumstances. Yet, when something goes awry and you’re forced to turn to your insurance company for protection, chances are that they’re going to be hesitant to stand up for you. And even if they do, they’re going to do their…

How to appeal a denied hazardous waste disposal permit

Managing hazardous waste in California is more challenging than many people realize. There is a plethora of local, state, and federal regulations that you have to abide by, and failing to adhere to them can result is serious penalties. That’s why if your business deals in hazardous materials of any kind, then you need to have an understanding of the…

Minimizing liability under impending ‘forever chemicals’ regulation

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new plan for the cleanup of potentially hazardous substances known as “forever chemicals.” This plan could lead to liability for some businesses. The EPA plans to combat poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in progressive stages: Research, which includes defining and categorizing individual PFAS to determine toxicity levels in pollution mitigation. Restrict, through statutory…