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Paso Rotary Winemakers’ Cookoff

We are happy to once again be a sponsor of the Paso Robles Rotary Winemakers’ Cookoff. This is a really fun event and should be on your calendar every year.

The Paso Robles Rotary brings top winemakers together to compete to see who is the best chef.

The 18th Annual Winemakers’ Cookoff will be held Aug. 13, 2016, from 6-9 p.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center. See their website for tickets and more information.

And we’ll see you there!

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To Offer Sabbaticals or Not to Offer Sabbaticals… And if I Do, Should I Pay?

A Tale of Two Tricky (and Sometimes Dangerous) Dilemmas

Recently, I gave a webinar on establishing eligibility and procedures for taking sabbaticals and unpaid leaves of absence through Lorman Education Services. I thought some of the information I discussed might be of interest to our clients in the San Luis Obispo area, many of whom are cutting edge technology companies. This blog post will focus on sabbaticals, which are gaining popularity as companies struggle to recruit and retain talented, top-notch employees.

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Talley Fun Run

Members of the Carmel & Naccasha team started their Sunday morning with a run through the Talley Vineyards at the 23rd Annual Marianne Talley Fun Run. We had a great time and can’t wait to see you there next year. Thanks to the Talley Family for being such great hosts.

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Privacy Policies: Are You in Compliance?

My previous post was regarding cybersecurity and some of the dangers lurking behind our widely-used “secure” technologies and authentication systems. A related issue is what you, as a business owner, chief technology officer or other data collector, must do to advise customers and other users of your website of your privacy policies and procedures – in short, how are you going to protect their identities, credit card information and other personal data you collect? This post will address what is legally required of you if you collect any sort of data, as well as the question of whether you need to implement Terms and Conditions. Hint: the answer is yes!

Many businesses are required by law to have a Privacy Policy posted conspicuously on their website. In California, the law requires “any commercial web sites or online services that collect personal information on California residents through a web site to conspicuously post a privacy policy on the site.” California Online Privacy Prevention Act of 2003, Business & Professions Code §§ 22575-22579. In other words, if you are gathering the personal data of your website users, you must have a formal Privacy Policy.

The primary federal agency that regulates and implements rules and regulations related to data privacy is the Federal Trade Commission, but other federal and state laws and acts have provisions that impose requirements on certain persons and businesses. For example, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2001, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, the Computer Security Act of 1997 and the Consumer Credit Reporting Control Act all have laws relating to data privacy. The bottom line is that you must know and comply with federal laws as well as the laws of your state.

Another thing you should strongly consider – implementing and posting Terms and Conditions, which may also be called Terms of Use. While not required by law (and undeniably the dullest page on your website), Terms and Conditions can limit your liability, set forth your security features, link to your Privacy Policy and define acceptable use of your site (for example, you can specifically prohibit certain “hacking” activities). Here is some sample language from a Terms of Use policy related to cybersecurity:

You agree not to misuse Acme Company’s services (“Services”) or help anyone else to do so. For example, you must not even try to do any of the following in connection with the Services:

breach or otherwise circumvent any security or authentication measures; or

violate the privacy or infringe the rights of others.

Terms and Conditions can and should be specialized to your unique business activities. In other words, copying one from another website, changing a few words and posting it is not the best means of implementing your Terms and Conditions.
In sum, cybersecurity and privacy are hot issues these days, and whether you are a business owner, chief technology officer or someone else in a position that requires you to deal with stored customer information, you have many duties in connection with protecting your customers’ information. If you have questions about cybersecurity or your compliance with privacy laws, or if you would like assistance drafting and implementing your Privacy Policy and/or Terms and Conditions, please contact me or one of our other attorneys at (805) 546-8785. The attorneys at Carmel & Naccasha have extensive experience in handling such matters and are happy to answer your questions and assist you.

The information contained in this article does not constitute legal advice and neither the author nor Carmel & Naccasha make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Your access or reading of the article and/or your following of any of the suggestions contained herein do not create an attorney-client relationship between you and the author or you and Carmel & Naccasha LLP.

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Cybersecurity: Are You Protected?
Cybersecurity: Are You Protected?

I recently had the privilege of attending a TED talk-style seminar on cybersecurity at my alma mater, UCLA. The information I learned at this session certainly gave me pause, and I was anxious to share the information I learned with our clients and other readers of our blog. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the lively discussion was the panelists – one, the former general counsel of the National Security Agency (“NSA”) and the other, a benevolent hacker.

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C&N Family in the Community

Renee Mosier, wife of Carmel & Naccasha partner Dallas Mosier, was asked to speak at Good Morning SLO in May. Renee spoke about the ‘cash mob’ she has organized to help local businesses. She alerts a group of people (friends, family, business associates, and their invitees) to meet at a local business at a specified time and date. The ‘mob’ shops, eats, drinks, and generally get to know the business. As a secondary benefit, the gatherings can provide social and business networking opportunities for the attendees.

Renee was asked to speak about her experience in hopes that more people would create similar groups and help their favorite local businesses. Great job Renee!

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Breakfast over the Grade

Carmel & Naccasha was pleased to sponsored a table at the 2016 State of the North County event on May 13, 2016. Interesting talks by Pat Mullen of PG&E, new Paso City Manager Tom Frutchey, Atascadero City Manager Rachelle Rickard, Stirling Price of Atascadero State Hospital, Mayor Tom O’Malley of Atascadero and Mayor Steve Martin of Paso Robles. Mark Lisa of Twin Cities Community Hospital was an entertaining master of ceremonies.

Thanks to the Paso Robles and Atascadero Chambers of Commerce for organizing such an informative event. Lots of things happening in the North County and we are glad to be a part of it.

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Many thanks to Norcast and SLO Fire

Our block of Marsh Street is closed to through traffic during the construction on San Luis Drive. Recently, a delivery truck was going too fast to make the turn at the Road Closed sign and decided to use our driveway instead. He whipped in to the driveway, failed to notice the overhead lines and snagged them. SLO Fire was here almost immediately and let us know that the truck was caught on the phone and cable lines, but not power. One call to Norcast Telecom Networks and Jeff Buckingham appeared on the scene. Jeff worked with SLO Fire and the truck was moved. Many thanks to Jeff and the Norcast team, SLO Fire, and SLO PD. They were amazing! Just another reminder to do business with a local provider.

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Naccasha Attends World Business Forum

Founding Partner Ziyad Naccasha traveled with a group from the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce to New York City this past November and attended the World Business Forum. Read his ‘takeaway’ from the event as well as those of Scott Dawson of the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly, Kris Yetter President and General Manager of Promega Biosciences and Noreen Martin CEO of Martin Resorts.

Visit the SLO Chamber website to read the story.

 

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Mosier named a winner in The Tribune’s Top 20 Under 40

Top 20 image croppedCarmel & Naccasha is pleased to announce that partner Dallas K. Mosier is a winner of a Top 20 Under 40 award in the 11th edition of The Tribune’s annual competition.

Dallas was nominated by one of his peers to be considered for the annual award recognizing young San Luis Obispo County professionals who have demonstrated professional excellence and a commitment of serving the community. Seventy-five nominations were received for this round of Top 20 under 40 Awards.

Dallas joined Carmel & Naccasha in 2012 and was promoted from associate attorney to partner in November 2015.

Winners will be honored with an award at a luncheon on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Madonna Inn.

See the complete list of winners at The Tribune website: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/business/article50074900.html

Click for Dallas’ Biography

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