Productivity is not just about delivering services and goods at the lowest possible cost. Productivity in today’s competitive marketplace involves giving sincere attention to quality and factors in the unique needs of your customers and your team. Leading the charge and unifying the company’s moving parts is its company culture. A growing new business doesn’t always take the time to explore company culture or to drill down to what theirs might be, but it’s never too early to start shaping your culture for success. In most cases, you just need to be more intentional about building on the strengths of…
On September 14, 2020, the SEC announced payment of more than $10 million to a whistleblower who provided original information to the SEC that led to a successful enforcement action.  (The order granting the award can be accessed here.) In explaining the reason for its award determination, the SEC noted that the whistleblower had “provided extensive and ongoing assistance to the investigative team over the course of the investigation, including identifying witnesses and helping staff understand complex fact patterns and issues related to the matters under investigation.” Since issuing its first whistleblower award in 2012, the SEC has awarded…
Over the last few months, many motorcycle riders have taken to the beautiful California backroads to get out of the city and clear their heads. Other riders are taking advantage of the empty streets and highways as Californians spend more time sheltering at home. Even with fewer drivers on the road, accidents can still happen. We’ve shared tips on what to do if you find yourself in a motorcycle accident.   Seek Medical Care if Needed First and foremost, take care of your physical state. If you are injured, seek proper medical treatment and ensure everyone at the accident site isn’t…
As a member of the California Department of Insurance, your reputation is extremely important. Mistakes made on and off the job can cost both your professional license and your career. At Unlock Legal, we are dedicated to helping California professionals protect their livelihoods and keep their Department of Insurance licenses intact. Here’s what our clients are saying about our team. Licensing Board Investigation After receiving a criminal conviction for a social mistake, one of our clients was alerted that her Department of Insurance license was under investigation. Worried that she could be facing suspension or even revocation,…
Our planet’s landlord is warning us. Teamwork 9.0 illustrator James Yamasaki expressed in this image exactly how I felt as I looked out at the burnt-orange smoked-filled sky of the San Francisco Bay Area—somewhere at the intersection of horrified, angry, and terrified. What should I do now? Melancholia I recently watched a film that I do not recommend to anyone susceptible to feelings of depression or despair. Spoiler alert!  This movie examines the human response to humanity’s inevitable demise as a rogue planet collides with and obliterates Earth. That was the end. There was nothing anyone could possibly do to…
The pandemic has provided a pause with lenders and other creditors. If your business has survived, you may think there is little to worry about. Maybe that’s true. But true or not, this is a good point at which to consider the potential impact of COVID on your business as the ground continues to shift over the next several months. Today’s newsletter gets specific regarding how. Read more… The post Take Time Now to Assess Where You Stand (September 2020) appeared first on Goodrich Associates.…
Consumers are inundated with a wave of marketing messages every day, and it usually takes several online interactions with a law firm before a client decides that they want to work with you. Email marketing is a great way to engage your target audience and keep your referral partners up to date. Here are seven steps to creating a successful email marketing campaign:    Segment Your Target Audience   Different groups of people will have varying levels of previous exposure to your law firm, so each group should receive emails that are unique to their needs. You should create…
With three more months to go in what has been described as one of the worst years in recent modern history, the 2020 memes are still going strong. They have been used to compare this unprecedented time to a dumpster fire, a toothpaste flavored bag of chips and dubbed March the longest month ever recorded. But while many of us have survived quarantine using humor and a few extra glasses of wine, the reality is — it really has been hard. Man giving hand to depressed woman,Psychiatrist holding hands patient,Meantal health care concept,Selective focus With so many of us taking…
Existing law, commonly known as the “ABC” test and codified by AB 5, makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The hiring entity has the burden of establishing that an individual is an independent contractor, not an employee, under the “ABC test.” Under the existing “ABC” test, a worker will be deemed to be an employee, unless the hiring entity proves: (A) that the worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and…
Existing law, commonly known as the “ABC” test and codified by AB 5, makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The hiring entity has the burden of establishing that an individual is an independent contractor, not an employee, under the “ABC test.” Under the existing “ABC” test, a worker will be deemed to be an employee, unless the hiring entity proves: (A) that the worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and…