SHOULD I REMOVE THE CRIMINAL CONVICTION QUESTON BOX FROM MY EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION?

August 05, 2014 Guest Contributor: Katy Raytis, Employment Law Attorney, Belden, Blaine & Raytis, LLP The recent “ban the box” movement is a national civil rights push that aims at assisting those with criminal backgrounds to find new employment. The concept is to preclude a prospective employer from having a question on a job application … Read more

San Luis Obispo County Court Update

Effective July 7, 2014, the CEO of the San Luis Obispo County Courts has instituted a policy of requiring a fee of $15.00 for every ten (10) minute increment of time that a court clerk is involved in researching a name to determine whether or not criminal records exist for that individual. The financial impact … Read more

Mortgage Fraud Continues to Rage…

The new predators have come with the proliferation of “loan modification” companies. They seem to spring up overnight…scam artists who pledge to get a mortgage loan modified. But first…the borrower, already in dire financial straits, must send anywhere from $800-$3,000 in “upfront fees”…most of which do not result in any action whatsoever that will benefit … Read more