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"In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD discusses a recent court ruling requiring many businesses to make their websites ADA-compliant and how that ruling applies to therapists."

CAMFT’s Deputy Executive Director, Cathy Atkins, JD, discusses changes to California law, and the new test employers must use to determine if their independent contractors classification is legally permissible.

In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD discusses important Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and compliance practices for therapists to consider when providing services to patients with communications disabilities.

This article discusses the topic of independent contractors, including relevant legal factors to consider regarding their use. Consideration is given to a recent California Supreme Court decision concerning the classification of independent contractors.

This article will review relevant ethical standards, the types of dual relationship and boundary violations that tend to prompt the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to take disciplinary action, ways to avoid liability, common exclusions in professional liability insurance policies, and potential consequences for inappropriate relationships with clients.

This article briefly examines the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed in 2017. The article will discuss the new tax brackets, as well as the new 20% deduction for qualified business income.

Understanding the purpose and structure of a marriage and family therapy professional corporation may help marriage and family therapists decide
whether, and when to form a professional corporation in their own circumstance. This article is intended to provide a general overview of the marriage and 
family therapy professional corporation in California.

This article is Part II of a three part series called Practice Guidelines for School Based Psychotherapists. The article discusses the application of HIPAA,
California laws and professional ethical codes to school based practice.

In recent years, there have been several changes to the laws regarding marijuana use and possession in California. There are also possible changes ahead at the federal level. This article discusses state and federal marijuana laws.

Your Duty to Report Serious Threats of Violence to the Police, Which is Like Your Tarasoff Duty to Protect, but not Exactly The duty to report is different from the Tarasoff duty to protect, both in terms of the aims of the laws and how they are discharged.  This article will distinguish the two duties