Professional License Law

Being the target of a licensing investigation is one of the most surprising and stressful things that can happen to one of our professional clients.  Investigations often immediately follow a workplace incident, often where a disgruntled employer sometimes reaches out to the Board directly.  Or, a client may have a vindictive coworker or supervisor who

On September 28, 2014, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 2396, which added language to Business and Professions Code section 480.  This addition to the law provides that an individual with an expunged conviction cannot be denied a license solely because of the expunged conviction, notwithstanding any other law in the Business and Professions Code.  This

The California Department of Insurance, pursuant to Title 10 California Code of Regulations section 2190.7, requires that an insurance producer maintain certain records that must be open and available for Department inspection at the agent’s place of business.   The principal rule, found under section 2190.3, requires an agent to keep his file for 18 months

When a California licensing agency seeks to discipline a license by filing and serving an accusation, in the accusation there is usually a request for cost recovery.  Cost recovery is mandatory reimbursement paid to the agency for all of its investigative costs and attorneys fees.  In other words, if you receive an accusation against your

In California, practically speaking, there is no such thing as a permanently revoked license.  I can think of a couple of rare examples of licenses that cannot be reinstated, for example, if a physician is spending life in prison, or an attorney has been convicted of a felony that cannot be reduced.  However, for the

Effective January 1, 2014, under Title 16 California Code of Regulations section 37.5, all certified public accountants who have not previously submitted fingerprints to the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) must do so as a condition of their license renewal.  At least since 2011, the CBA has required fingerprints with applications.  However, thousands of CPAs

California licensees can face license discipline or denial not only for allegations of wrongdoing or criminal convictions, but also due to prior discipline of licenses held in other states.  Although this can happen among any of the professions, the most common professions where other state discipline impacts a California license are physicians and nurses.  It