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How Doctors Should Respond to Negative Online Reviews

In the age of the internet, negative online reviews are a frustrating but inevitable part of life for many professionals, including doctors. As you likely know, it can be exceedingly difficult to ignore negative reviews, especially if they cast doubt on your reputation or a patient makes false claims. Unfortunately, many doctors don’t consider th

I Failed a Drug Test: Will I Lose My Nursing License?

Regular or random drug testing of nurses is a common practice in the state of California. However, California is also a place where, due to the recent legalization of marijuana, the repercussions of failing a drug test can be a source of confusion for nurses. If you recently tested positive for an illegal drug, you likely have many questions about

Will Getting a DUI Affect Your Professional License?

No one wants to face the consequences of getting a DUI in California. From losing your driver’s license to upsetting your personal life, a DUI can be an incredibly difficult experience. Beyond this, however, many people fail to think about the enormous impact it can have on their career. When employed in any profession that requires a license,

Top 5 Reasons Bars Lose Their Liquor License

Bars owners have many responsibilities, but among the most important is keeping their liquor licenses in good standing. This can be more challenging than it sounds because bars often oversee many employees, each of whom must adhere strictly to California law to prevent problems with your license. Below you’ll learn about several of the most commo

Understanding the Disciplinary Action Process for Educators

As an educator, you have many ethical responsibilities, and ethical misconduct is one of the easiest ways to jeopardize your credentials. In this post, you’ll learn more about what constitutes ethical misconduct, get details on the disciplinary action process for California educators, and find out when to seek help from a lawyer. Disciplinar

How to Avoid Common Social Media Pitfalls as a Nurse

As a nurse, you may think when you post on Facebook or enter into a discussion on a nursing forum, your remarks are private and protected. But in reality, anything you post on social media can potentially become public, resulting in severe issues for your license<

What Happens to Pharmacists Accused of Diverting Drugs?

From physical pain and stress to a desire for financial gain, there are many reasons why pharmacists divert or misappropriate drugs. Regardless of the reason, if you are a pharmacist who is accused of either of these violations, it can result in disciplinary action against your license by the California State Board of Pharmacy (CBP). In addition, y

What to Know About Standards of Care in Nursing

If you’re a nurse, you are likely familiar with the importance of following standard of care guidelines that outline what you should and should not do to provide quality care to your patients. Although standards of care may sound like common sense, with changing regulations, procedures, and technologies, they can sometimes be tricky to navigate.

How to Reinstate a Real Estate License in California

Attorney Advertising or Solicitation California real estate licenses can be restricted, suspended, or revoked for a wide variety of reasons. If yours has been revoked or restricted, how should you go about getting it back? There are several steps you can take, which we’ll outline below. We will also tell you about when it is i

What We Can Learn from a Doctor Who Prescribed Marijuana to a 4-Year-Old

It is incredibly rare that a California medical license is revoked. According to the LA Times, in the fiscal year 2018, 43 doctors lost their licenses but only seven licenses were revoked due to gross negligence. However, in a recent nationally-reported ne

What is Physician Disruptive Behavior?

As a doctor, you’ve probably heard that “physician disruptive behavior” is something you should avoid. It can jeopardize your license and result in disciplinary action that can impact your license and your career. Unfortunately, physician disruptive behavior can be difficult to define. Since many are not aware of the definition, a doctor m

Will You Lose Your License After a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

One of the scariest situations a doctor can find themselves in is a medical malpractice lawsuit. According to the American Medical Association, 1 in 3 doctors has had a medical malpractice suit filed against them, with the likelihood increasing to 1 in 2 by age 55. Not only are medical malpractice cases costly, they can shatter doctors’ reputa

Properly Addressing Ethical Complaints in Real Estate

Real estate agents know that building relationships with clients is all about trust. Part of ensuring your credibility means abiding by the real estate code of ethics. But what happens when an ethical complaint from a client or the Department of Real Estate arises? This situation can be incredibly worrisome because it can put your real estate licen

Why Physicians Struggle with Substance Abuse

All practicing physicians know that high-stress levels, long hours, and the pressure to care for patients can take a toll on their physical and mental health. Unfortunately, in an attempt to alleviate these ever-present issues, many doctors turn to drugs and alcohol. Doctors are just as prone to substance abuse as other people, and drug use can qui

Advice to Psychologists on How to Avoid Ethical Violations

As a psychologist, there are many ethical gray areas you may encounter. Unfortunately, many of these can lead to disciplinary action by the board, or even legal action. In order to avoid ethical violations and keep your license in good standing, it is essenti

How Nurses Can Improve Observations to Avoid Accusations

As a nurse, the most important thing you can do to ensure the safety of your patients is to properly observe, assess and monitor each and every person under your care. If you fail to do so and an injury or death occurs, you may be subjected to disciplinary action or even held legally liable. Most legal cases involving improper observations by nu

What are the Steps for Dental License Complaint Enforcement?

All licensed professionals in the state of California are subject to board enforcement for complaints, and dentists are no exception. The Dental Board of California has a specific Enforcement Program that is tasked with investigating both criminal and administrative violations. Unfortunately, the process for enforcing complaints can be confusing

Types of Violations the Department of Insurance Investigates

People employed in the insurance industry can be subject to a variety of violations investigations that can lead to license suspension, fines, and other penalties. Below you’ll learn more about common violations the Department of Insurance investigates so you can ensure that you are operating your business legally. We’ll also tell you how to

6 Common Violations for Real Estate Brokers in California

Violations of real estate law are unfortunately very common in California, often because brokers don’t know that they’re committing a crime. Below you’ll learn about six common enforcement violations that result in disciplinary action for real estate b

What Happens to My Teaching License When I Get a DUI?

If you are employed as a teacher in the State of California and were recently convicted of a DUI, you’re probably very worried about how it will impact your career. Since the profession takes DUIs very seriously, you are right to be concerned. That said, whether or not a DUI will be detrimental to your career depends on the details of your parti

How Does a Conviction Affect My Professional License?

Whether you are a nurse, a child care provider, a teacher, or another licensed professional, be

What Nurses Should Know about Complaints and Investigation

If you are a nurse who has recently found yourself at the center of a California Board of Registered Nursing complaint, you may be worried about what you need to do to protect your license. Below, you’ll learn about the best ways to handle the complaint and

What Should I Report to the Medical Board of California?

Physicians licensed in the state of California are under a lot of legal pressure to notify the medical board about certain circumstances involving their patients and their practices. Although the board’s reporting requirements are relatively straightforward, an occasional refresher on what you need to report can ensure that you don’t make a small m

How to Become a Licensed Child Care Provider in California

If you’re ready to start a career as a licensed child care provider in California, it’s essential that you start by understanding the requirements for licensure, which are rigorous and controlled by the Department of Social Services. Below you’ll learn

Protecting Your Nursing License During a Complaint

On May 6, we celebrated National Nurses Day in honor of the hard work and dedication of nurses nationwide. If you are a nurse, you know how essential your service is to your patients, but unfortunately even the best nurses struggle with complaints. As you can imagine, receiving a compla

Have a Smoother Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensing Process

If you’re preparing to apply for a license in behavioral sciences or renew your existing license, knowing how to make the process go as smoothly as possible can save you substantial time and stress. Even more importantly, by taking the proper steps you’ll ensure that your license remains valid. Types of licenses In California, there are

Home Improvement Contractors’ Cancellation Laws

If you are a contractor offering home improvement services, understanding laws surrounding consumers’ rights to cancel services is essential. Below is an overview of what you need to know to make sure you handle cancellations according to legal requirement

Understanding the Role of Licensing Boards

Whether you are already a member of a licensed profession or are preparing to apply for a license, knowing how licensing boards work and how they can impact your license is a must. Below you’ll learn about what boards do and how they can affect your licensure. In the U.S., licensing is a state-based system, which means that state licensing bo

Know the Mandatory Reporting Requirements When Applying for a Professional License

Whether you’re applying for a physician’s license, a nursing license, a real estate license, or an insurance license, it’s essential that you know and adhere to the licensing board’s mandatory reporting requirements for any crimes you’ve committed. If you fail to do so, even unknowingly, your license may be denied. Learn about mandatory reporting

Top Ways to Lose Your License

If you work in the healthcare field, having a full understanding of the specific actions that can cause you to lose your license is essential. Below you’ll learn more about what to avoid in order to keep your license in good standing. Criminal Conviction A

New Licensing Laws in California

The California Chamber of Commerce has issued several new employment laws that became effective on January 1, 2018, several of which will affect business licenses in specific industries. Construction Contractors AB 1701 imposes liability on

Defending your Professional License

Your career, business and professional license are the cornerstone of your future, and that of your family. We all understand the importance of the government’s role in ensuring that each licensee is equipped with the knowledge, background, and experience to be licensed by the State of California.

Contractor’s State License Board Enforcement Stings

From March 8-10, 2011, the Contractor’s State License Board conducted one of your twice yearly undercover sting operations in order to catch unlicensed contractors. 736

California Board of Registered Nursing Accusations

Starting in July 2010, the California Board of Registered Nursing started filing Accusations (charges of violations of the law) against licensed nurses in the State of California in response to a report issued, comparing enforcement information of the Board with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s license verification database.

What do I do if an Accustion is Filed Against my License?

If you receive an Accusation from your licensing Board or Agency, you have been charged with violating the rules and regulations governing your license. You may have a conviction which the licensing agency believes is substantially related to the practice of your profession;


Here is a Basic Guide to Defending an Accusation that I have created for AVVO.COM. For More information, contact Scott J. Harris, Esq., at 323-370-6139.

As Nurses do more, More Regulations Are Likely to Come

As reported by the LA Times today, (see article link below), the role of nurses is going to expand in the coming years. As nurse practitioners begin to take on the role of primary care providers, at some point, new regulations are bound to arise.

Los Angeles Massage Parlor Regulation and Defense

Last week, the LA Times had an op-ed piece about the City of Los Angeles and its enforcement, or lack there of, regarding laws regulating massage parlors. 731

CA Medical Board Revokes License of Fertility Doctor

As reported by the LA Times, in its Article entitled, “California medical board revokes license of ‘Octomom’ doctor”, the Medical Board of California has taken action as the result of charges related to gross negligence in the practice of medicine by a fertility Doctor.

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology – Outlaws Fish Pedis

The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology has outlawed fish pedicures. Don’t know what this is? A so-called fish predicure is when you place your feet into a tub full of carp that eat away at the dead skin of your feet. Sound clean?

Is the California Medical Board a Failed Regulator?

According to the LA Times, the California Medical Board may be a “failed regulator”. You can view the LA Times article on this topic by visiting this link What does this mean for California doctors? It could mean that they are truly less regulated.

Bureau of Automotive Repair gets an ISO in Los Angeles

The California Department of Consumers Affairs and the Bureau of Automotive Repair have indicated that they have obtained an Interim Suspension Order (“ISO”) against a Los Angeles Smog Check Emissions Technician and Automotive Repair Dealer for clean-piping.

California Athletic Commission Re-Interprets Rule 399

UFC fighter Chael Sonnen can reapply for a license any time after his license expires. The California Athletic Commission has reviewed its decision, and because they have suspended Sonnen’s license, and not revoked it, he is free to seek relicensure as soon as his license expires.

Controversy at the Comission on Teacher Credentialing

Top leaders of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing are stepping down after criticism over how the agency has been run, and how they have conducted investigations and discipline teachers. How will this change affect teachers?  

Medical Licenses (Nurse, Doctor, Therapist, Dental, Etc.) and the Uniform Standard of Substance Abuse

The laws and rules that govern how state professional licensing agencies like the Board of Registered Nursing, Medical Board of California, Dental Board of California, and others, govern licensees with substance abuse problems changed significantly starting in January 2010.

Contractors’ State License Board – Now Issuing LLC Licenses

Starting in 2012, the Contractors’ State License Board (CSLB) is now issuing licenses to Limited Liability Companies, in addition to corporations and individuals. 629

Defend your Professional License Against an Accusation – File your Notice of Defense

If your licensing agency serves you with an Accusation, you must submit a Notice of Defense in order to secure your rights to defend yourself. Usually you will have only 15 days from the date on which the Accusation was sent to you to file the Notice of Defense.

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