January 2017

Elder Abuse Case Against Timber Ridge Yields $5 Million Verdict

As published in the North Coast Journal, by Linda Stansberry and Sam Armanino, Thursday, January 19, 2017:

Timber Ridge McKinleyville will pay the family of a woman who died under its care $5 million after a jury found the facility liable for wrongful death and elder abuse on Jan. 17. The amount includes $2.5 million in punitive damages.


Planning and Building Department Letter

Happy New Year! The deadline to submit an application for the County of Humboldt Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance expired on December 31, 2016 at 4 pm. The planning department received 2,337 application packets and over 1500 were received in the last two weeks!
The County received over 2,000 incomplete applications, meaning that not all of the required documentation for a complete application packet was submitted. Recall that to accept an application, the County was only requiring a site plan, a completed application form, and the fee deposit.


Unpaid Internships

When is it permissible to hire an unpaid intern and when should an intern be paid as an employee? To answer this question, one must evaluate the work the intern performs, how such work impacts the company and the intern, and what supervision and training the intern receives. Both the California DLSE and the Federal Department of Labor use a six factor test to determine if an intern may properly be unpaid or should be considered an employee and receive at least minimum wage. These factors include: