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Employee or Independent Contractor? US Dep’t of Labor Offers New Guidance

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced new guidance to determine whether workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). After receiving numerous complaints from workers alleging misclassification, on June 15 the DOL published […]

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Protecting your ministry

  • July 14, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

There are several resources available to protect religious institutions that doctrinally oppose same sex marriages in light of the United States Supreme Court’s decision on the issue. If a pastor publicly opposed same sex marriage, or the ministry leases out space for community events, host […]

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Dan Dalton Awarded ADF Silver Service Award

  • July 7, 2015
  • by Zana Tomich
  • Category: Firm News

On July 5, 2015, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) awarded Dan Dalton with a Silver Service Award in Laguna Beach, California. Dan has been a tireless leader in defending religious freedom as an ADF allied attorney. He was recognized for his faithful service in defending […]

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When Does a Church Need an Attorney?

When someone is starting or joining leadership in a religious institution, legal considerations are often towards the bottom of the priority list. However, religious institutions of all faiths need to be aware of areas where they may need advice from a licensed attorney in order […]

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Limits on Church Signs Ruled Unconstitutional by Supreme Court

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a significant free speech decision that struck down a local ordinance that regulated signs differently based on the signs’ content. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the Court unanimously ruled that an Arizona town violated the First Amendment […]

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The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Property owners in California who seek to develop, redevelop, or object to the development of land need to take into consideration the implications of the California Environmental Quality Act, also known as CEQA, before taking on, or objecting to, a project. CEQA is a California […]

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Creative Companies Need Legal Advice Too

Creative Service firms such as marketing, advertising, design, and public relations firms, often promote and encourage a relaxed, laid-back work culture. This is understandable given that employees and freelancers are supposed to create and be creative, without the restrictions of traditional office environment. Yet, these […]

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Defending a Business Lawsuit

If you own a business or are involved in running a business, chances are good that you will need to defend against a lawsuit someday. But receiving the summons and complaint still comes as a shock to many, especially when it happens for the first […]

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A Legal Guide For Startups

Do you have a great business idea and are ready to take the next step to get the business up and running? Here are 5 important legal considerations all entrepreneurs should think about when starting a business. Choosing a Legal Entity An important first step […]

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How to Change a Zoning Designation When Your Proposed Use is not Permitted

Zoning, by its very nature, involves separating different types of uses of land. Most communities separate the uses of land by grouping residential uses in residential districts; commercial uses in commercial districts and industrial uses in industrial districts. And within each zoning district, the community […]

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