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NEW LAWS FOR THE NEW YEAR

While most of us are starting to think about how we are going celebrate the New Year, few of us give much thought to how the laws will change come the New Year.  Since many of these changes will be significant, it is important to keep them in mind.  Some of the key changes that…

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“INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR” OR “EMPLOYEE”? IN CALIFORNIA THE ANSWER CAN BE AS EASY AS “ABC”

Have you ever wondered why two people can be doing the exact same job but one of them is classified as an “employee” while the other an “independent contractor”? The answer is simple: A workforce comprised of independent contractors is far less expensive for the employer. Businesses are required to make certain expenditures for employees…

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3 REASONS WHY EVERY EMPLOYEE SHOULD AVOID ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS
Congratulations, you have jumped through multiple hoops and have finally landed a great job. You sit down on your first day and are handed a stack of documents to flip through and sign. Such documents include information about your benefits, company memos, an employee handbook, and an arbitration agreement. You flip through the documents, trying...
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7 Steps to Prepare for a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

Losing a job is considered one of the most stressful situations a person can experience. After all, without consistent employment, your financial situation and quality of life may suddenly be in jeopardy. Unfortunately, most employment in California is at-will, meaning that an employer has the right to fire an employee at any time for any…

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Ani M. Akopyan Named to 2018 Women Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

The Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. is pleased to announce that our own Ani M. Akopyan has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Attorneys in Southern California—a compilation of lawyers who ranked at the top of the Rising Stars list—by the Super Lawyer’s selection committee. This is the third consecutive year Attorney…

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Help! I Was in a Car Accident with an Uninsured Driver; What Do I Do Now?

Imagine this scenario: You are involved in a car accident. Your car is smashed. You are in physical pain. You walk out of your car and talk to the other driver involved in the collision. You come to find out that the other driver who caused the collision does not even have automobile insurance. Your…

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Fired for Complaining About Illegal Things at Work; What Can I Do?

In California, it is illegal for an employer to fire an employee because that employee opposed or reported illegal conduct, even if the employee’s complaint was not “well-founded.” The employer is liable for illegal retaliation as long as he or she can show: The employee engaged in “protected activity” by opposing or reporting illegal conduct;…

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