CA Nursing Bd. New Regulation Adds Grounds for Unprofessional Conduct

Effective 7/23/14

1441. Unprofessional Conduct.
In addition to the conduct described in Section 2761 (a) of the Code. “unprofessional conduct” also includes. but is not limited to, the following:

(a) Failure to provide to the board. as directed. lawfully requested copies of documents within 15 days of receipt of the request or within the time specified in the request, whichever is later. unless the licensee is unable to provide the documents within this time period for good cause. including but not limited to. physical inability to access the records in the time allowed due to illness or travel. This subsection shall not apply to a licensee who does not have access to, and control over the documents.

(b) Failure to cooperate and participate in any board investigation pending against the licensee. This subsection shall not be construed to deprive a licensee of any privilege guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, or any other constitutional or statutory privileges. This subsection shall not be construed to require a licensee to cooperate with a request that would require the licensee to waive any constitutional or statutory privilege or to comply with a request for information or other matters within an unreasonable period of time in light of the time constraints of the licensee’s practice. Any exercise by a licensee of any constitutional or statutory privilege shall not be used against the licensee in a regulatory or disciplinary proceeding against the licensee.

(c) Failure to report to the board, within 30 days, any of the following:
(1) The conviction of the licensee, including any verdict of guilty, or pleas of guilty or no contest, of any felony or misdemeanor.
(2) Any disciplinary action taken by another licensing entity or authority of this state or of another state or an agency of the federal government or the United States military.

(d) Failure or refusal to comply with a court order, issued in the enforcement of a subpoena, mandating the release of records to the board.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 2715. Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 2761 and 2765. Business and Professions Code.

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CA Nursing Bd. New Regulation: Must Report Convictions within 30 days

Effective 7/23/14

1441. Unprofessional Conduct.
In addition to the conduct described in Section 2761 (a) of the Code. “unprofessional conduct” also includes but is not limited to, the following:
(c) Failure to report to the board, within 30 days, any of the following:
(1) The conviction of the licensee, including any verdict of guilty, or pleas of guilty or no contest, of any felony or misdemeanor.

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Excessive force used in 2010 barbershop raid, appeal court says

Deputies violated the rights of barbers at Strictly Skillz barbershop during a 2010 raid in the guise of a license inspection, a federal appeal court said this week, in a strongly-worded rebuke of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

“It was a scene right out of a Hollywood movie,” the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said in an opinion issued Tuesday.

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Immigrants without legal status able to apply for professional licenses in CA

Immigrants in the country illegally can apply for professional licenses under a new California law that aims to integrate them into the working world and generate new tax dollars for the state.

The new law – SB 1159 – requires all 40 licensing boards under the California Department of Consumer Affairs to consider applicants regardless of immigration status by 2016.

For more, go to http://www.scpr.org/blogs/multiamerican/2014/09/29/17360/immigrants-professionally-licensed-california/

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DENTAL DANGERS: How the Dental Board of California investigates dentists

Consumer complaints against dentists pass through a rigorous system of investigation and dental experts before the Dental Board of California makes any disciplinary move.

In the most severe cases, the dental board turns to the California Office of the Attorney General to file an accusation — a formal complaint — against a dentist on the board’s behalf.

Read more at http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/health/x855028594/DENTAL-DANGERS-How-the-Dental-Board-of-California-investigates-dentists

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California teacher tenure and seniority system is struck down

The tenure and seniority system that has long protected California public school teachers, even ineffective ones, was struck down Tuesday in a court decision that could change hiring and firing policies nationwide.

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-teacher-lawsuit-20140611-story.html#page=1

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California bill would ease professional licensing rules for immigrants

To practice medicine in California, doctors must obtain a license from the state, and applicants are required to provide a Social Security number as proof of identity.

Rojas, 25, does not have such a number. She is in the United States illegally, having been smuggled into the country from Mexico by her parents when she was 6 months old.

But a group of legislators wants to help her — to do for doctors, dentists, nurses, barbers, security guards and many others what they did last year for attorneys: grant those in the country illegally permission to practice their occupations.

Read more at http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-immigrants-doctors-20140512-story.html

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