DuFord Law

  • How Can a Trademark Benefit Your Business?

    Overview: What is a Trademark? Trademark law provides a means by which parties offering goods or services to the public can distinguish their goods or services from those offered by other parties. A Trademark is a word logo, design, or combination of both, that is used to distinguish one’s goods or services. Some examples are words, images, symbols, or sounds.   How a Trademark...
  • 3 Ways to Find YOUR Happiness

    Happiness is a pretty good goal to have. Increasing your happiness contributes to all sorts of other benefits, everything from more enjoyment of life, to greater career success, to improved physical health. *studies have said. But we don’t just stumble into happiness – we have to pursue it. Pursuing happiness, like any other goal, involves three steps: 1. Set the goal 2. Take actions to achieve...
  • Cultivate A Happy Workplace

    Often when starting a business some owners get caught up worrying if the company will be successful enough to continue business throughout the years and forget that one big key to the success of the business is to make people want to work for you. Which is totally understandable! However, the happier employees are at their job the best they will perform at their...
  • Are You A BYOD Kind of Company?

    BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device” and is a policy by which employers allow employees to bring their own computing devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets to work for use and connectivity [1]. Put plainly, companies are allowing their employees to use their personal laptops and phones to access company information and data to complete their employment tasks. This policy has been reported...
  • The “Gig” is Up: The Difficulties of Employing Independent Contractors in the Wake o

    The Supreme Court of California issued a recent opinion that is certain to cause waves in employment and labor law. In the April 30th opinion, available here, the court was faced with deciding the appropriate test for determining whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor or an employee. One reason the classification between employee and independent contractor is so important is...
  • Policy Development: How to Protect your Business and Employees

    Over the past few months, there has been a rise in the visibility of sexual violence and harassment in the workplace. The “#metoo” and “Time’s Up” movements have instigated a legal response among lawyers, businesses, and employees. Many employers are seeing a record number of harassment and discrimination claims brought forward. This has prompted businesses to revisit and revise their HR policies and procedures...
  • Are You Giving Your Time Away?

    A lot of people think that being “busy” or “productive” is something they THINK they should be doing. How often do we hear “I wish I had more time” or “there aren’t enough hours in the day” – Very often, don’t you think? Think about the time that you get for yourself – are you still working? Checking on work emails, checking your calendar...
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Do I Have A Case?

    As a young female attorney who has been in my fair share of uncomfortable situations in the work place, being advocate for women and any other protected class is a passion of mine.    “Do I have a case?” is a question I hear often, so this blog hopefully provides an introduction to the elements required for a sexual harassment case under California Law....
  • Top 3 Things San Diego Businesses Can Do to Protect Themselves Against Lawsuits!

    They can be even more scary for a business owner because one claim could have the potential to put the business in serious financial trouble or even cause the business to shut its doors. While there is really no way to prevent your business from being sued (after all this is America, and in particular, California), there are some simple, costs effective steps that...
  • Switch Your To-Do List with a NEED-To-Do List

    Does anyone else live by to-do lists? I know that many of us with a 9-5 can’t live without them. Some make daily lists, others make monthly or weekly lists. We load them up with everything we can possibly think of without thinking about prioritizing – putting what NEEDS to be done first rather than the first thing that comes to mind.   You...