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 …

Court Strikes Down Labor Department Regulation on Pay For Home-Care Workers

Last month, Federal District Judge Leon struck down an October 2013 Labor Department regulation that forces employers to pay home-care workers minimum-wage and overtime pay under the FLSA. A 1974 amendment to the FLSA exempted most homecare workers from its requirements for homecare workers who provide in home care for families. The recent Labor Department rule removed the …

Paul Goyette Speaks at Annual PORAC Conference

The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) is organized around our peace officers, to protect, represent, educate and generally maintain a leadership role for the large number of rank and file officers in our state.  Each year, PORAC holds a conference where California peace officers and their representatives can network, learn best practices, and …