Goyette & Associates wins disability retirement award for deserving Sacramento Sheriff’s Lieutenant.

After serving the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department for three decades, and suffering debilitating injuries to his back, shoulder, and knee along the way, our client applied for a disability retirement with the Sacramento County Employee Retirement System (SCERS).  SCERS tentatively denied the application, reasoning that because the client has served in a supervisory role prior to …

G&A Gets $1.25 Million for Injured Passenger in Automobile Crash

G&A lawyers obtained an insurance policy limits settlement for the passenger of a vehicle who was injured when the driver lost control and hit a telephone pole.  Justin Harris sustained severe injuries when the car in which he was riding hit a telephone pole.  The 2013 accident occurred when the then 19 year old Harris …

HAVE YOU WORKED AS A ‘FIREFIGHTER IN TRAINING’ IN THE LAST THREE YEARS?  IF SO, YOU MAY HAVE VALID WAGE CLAIMS TO PURSUE

There is a common scenario in firefighting which has been accepted and used for a long time, but which likely is a clear violation of applicable federal wage law: the local fire ‘District’ allows individuals to work for a very small ‘stipend’ or pay rate as ‘Resident Firefighters’ or ‘Reserve Firefighters’ (or under similar Titles) …

Firefighter Embezzlement Prosecution reduced to Probation

Nicole Valentine, of Goyette & Associates, Inc., was able to resolve the case of a former City of Woodland Firefighter who had been charged with felony counts of embezzlement arising from his alleged use of a City issued credit card for personal reasons.  Prosecution initially charged our client with 7 felony counts, including embezzlement, falsifying …

California Employment Law: Overtime

As an employer, it is important to pay overtime to your eligible employees at the correct rate and at the proper time when overtime hours are worked in order to reduce your liabilities and avoid suit or extra fees. What should you know about California’s overtime laws?   Who Is Eligible To Receive Overtime? Non-exempt, …

US Supreme Court ruling clarifies retirement health-care benefit question in M&G Polymers v Tackett

The US Supreme Court recently made a decision that may have a significant impact on the obligation of employers to pay retirement health care benefits under collective bargaining agreements. While underfunded public employee pensions capture most of the media attention, health insurance benefits for retired workers is also a huge expense. This is especially true since the cost …

Which Business Entity Should I Choose When Starting A Business in California?

When starting a new business, careful consideration should be paid to selecting the type of business entity. Thorough business planning can minimize risks and have a significant impact on tax liabilities, protecting your personal assets and minimizing risks to yourself, your family, and your partners. Our estate and business planning division can help you make …

State Prison Business Manager Acquitted On All Felony Workers Compensation Fraud Charges

California Medical Facility (CMF), Correctional Business Manager, Collette Preszler-Riley was found not guilty of all felony workers’ Compensation fraud charges by a Solano County Jury on January 21st, 2015. Ms. Preszler-Riley’s lead trial counsel was Mr. Paul Q. Goyette. Ms. Preszler-Riley had been a long term employee of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation …