June 2014

The Growing Epidemic of Senior Financial Abuse

According to the Investor Protection Trust, one out of every five older Americans has already been duped by a financial scam. Persons over the age of 50 now control over 70% of the nation’s wealth. As Willie Sutton once said about why he held up banks, the reason Seniors are now targeted is because “that’s where the money is.”  The General Accounting Office estimated that, for 2010 alone, financial elder abuse amounted to over $2.9 Billion. This figure is likely low because seniors often don’t report financial abuse because they are embarrassed that they have been scammed.

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Independent Contractor: Is It Worth the Risk?

Humboldt County employers should know that the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) has been cracking down on employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors. In California, the DSLE has various enforcement responsibilities, including the inspection of workplaces for wage and hour violations, the adjudication of wage claims and retaliation complaints, as well as enforcing wage rates.

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Janssen Malloy Attorneys Active in Community

The attorneys at Janssen Malloy LLP are active in the community beyond their work as lawyers. Partner Michael J. Crowley serves as a Captain and firefighter with the Kneeland Volunteer Fire Department. He recently was the spokesman for the Kneeland Fire Protection District’s Measure “L,” a district assessment increase measure that was on the June 3, 2014 ballot for Kneeland residents. Mr. Crowley gave a presentation on the measure at the Kneeland Elementary School last month where he explained the purpose of the ballot measure and answered questions from Kneeland residents.

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Update - Misclassification Class Actions

As promised, here is an update on the misclassification class action case we highlighted back on March 12, 2014. As you might recall, the case was Duran v. U.S. Bank (2012) 275 P. 3d 1266 in which loan officers sued U.S. Bank alleging they were misclassified as exempt employees and were entitled to overtime pay. Last Thursday, the Supreme Court issued its decision.

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