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Archive by author: D. Carlos KaslowReturn
Carlos Kaslow is a California attorney and serves as the General Counsel to the Self Storage Association. He is the editor of the Self Storage Legal Review, the SSA’s legal periodical. He is a founding partner of the Self Storage Legal Network; the industry’s only telephone legal information service. Mr. Kaslow has provided legal consulting services to several of the largest U.S. self storage operators, including Public Storage, Inc., Shurgard Storage Centers and U-Store-It. He has written numerous articles on legal and insurance issues confronting self storage for the SSA Globe and other industry publications. He is the co-author of the Rental Agreement Handbook.
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The New I-9 Form Goes into Effect September 19
Employers must begin using the revised I-9 form for new hires no later than September 19, 2017. Employer must ensure that every new hire executes an I-9 within the first 3 days of employment and must retain the form for at least three years from the hiring date or one year after the last day of employment, whichever occurs later.
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| Categories: Legal, Operations | Tags: Employment | View Count: (95)
Meal Breaks: Washington Supreme Court Places New Burden on Employers
Not all states require that employees who work more than a set number of hours to be given an unpaid meal break. In states that do require meal breaks litigation against employers is common.
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| Categories: Legal, Operations, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Meal Breaks, Breaks, Washington | View Count: (216)
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Cellphone Parity

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Cellphone Parity
According to a recent National Health Survey, 50.8% of households had only cellphone service in the second half of 2016. This is the first time that the survey indicated that more households exclusively used cellphone service than a landline. It is a trend that is expected to continue.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Cellphone, Communications, Consumers | View Count: (433)
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House Passes Class Action Reform Bill

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House Passes Class Action Reform Bill
The United States House of Representatives has passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985) by a 220 to 201 margin.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Legislative, Class Action, Small Business | View Count: (473)
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Limitation of Value of Stored Property

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Limitation of Value of Stored Property
On December 17, 2014 an Illinois Circuit court judge ruled that a limitation of value provision in a container storage agreement violates public policy and was not enforceable. The judge’s ruling greatly expanded the mobile storage operator’s potential liability for damages.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Legislative, Legal, Lien, Rental Agreement, Value of Property | View Count: (528)
IRS Warns Businesses to Beware of W-2 Phishing Scam
The Internal Revenue Service has renewed its warning about an email fraud that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments.
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| Categories: Operations | Tags: Cyber Crime, Cyber Criminal, Phishing, Scam | View Count: (450)
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America’s Smallest Self Storage REIT

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America’s Smallest Self Storage REIT
When most people think of publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT), they think of billion dollar companies with hundreds or even thousands of properties. Public Storage and Extra Space Storage are two companies that come to mind in the self storage industry.
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California Supreme Court Rules on Employee Rest Breaks
Most California employees are entitled to two 10 minute rest breaks when working an eight hour shift. One question that has not been addressed is whether workers who are taking a rest break may be “on call” to respond to the occasional situation that requires their attention.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: California, Self Storage Employee, Self Storage Operations, Self Storage Legislative | View Count: (876)
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The FDCPA Exception

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The FDCPA Exception
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDPCA) does not regulate the direct collection activities of businesses, such as self storage facilities, to which the debt is owed. It regulates the activities of businesses, such as collection agencies, to whom a debt is referred for collections. However, there is one exception in the law that can result in a creditor being subject to the law’s regulations.
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| Categories: Legal | Tags: Legal | View Count: (426)
Texas Classifies Mosquitos as Wild Animals
The Texas Supreme Court’s ruling that mosquitos are wild animals may appear of little significance to self storage operators. However, the court’s decision in Union Pacific Railroad, Corp. v. Nami, 2016 Tex. LEXIS 571,could prove significant for any landowner in a mosquito infested area as fears of the West Nile and Zika viruses are spreading across the country.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Legal, Texas | View Count: (455)
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