Legal Library

CALA partners with Hanson Bridgett to provide members with timely, crucial information on legal issues and decisions that affect Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

This library is a benefit of CALA membership. Members please sign in to view the content. Non-members, please contact Kate Henneinke to inquire about membership in CALA.


California’s Prohibition on Arbitration Agreements in Residential Leases is Extended to Continuing Care Contracts, September 2020
California Federal Court Invalidates Skilled Nursing Arbitration Restrictions in Patients’ Bill of Rights Act, March 2014
Renewed Attention to Arbitration Agreements, April 2012
No Interest in Arbitration Agreements? Think Again…, May 2011


California’s Prohibition on Arbitration Agreements in Residential Leases is Extended to Continuing Care Contracts, September 2020
New Requirements for CCRC Repayable Agreements, October 2016

CPR & Emergency

CPR Obligations for Health Professionals in Independent and Assisted Living Communities, November 2014
Surrogate Decision Makers, September 2011
Questions Regarding 9-1-1 Calls, July 2010


Chemical Exposure Warnings in California: What Proposition 65’s New Regulations Mean for Your RCFE, June 2019
Resident Assessment Tools, May 2017
Admission Agreement & Resident Handbook Checklist, March 2017
Returns From the Hospital, October 2010
Warning: Failure to Post Proper Smoke Exposure Signs Could Be Hazardous to Your Health, May 2010 (Updated December 2023)
House Rules, December 2009
Medical Expense Deductions for Assisted Living Fees, February 2009
Monthly Fee Increases, May 2008
Creating Realistic Expectations, April 2008

Elder Abuse

Clarification Regarding Ombudsman, July 2011
Preventing Scams Aimed at Elders, September 2009
Complying with Elder Abuse Reporting Laws, August 2007


PAGA 2024 Proposed Bills: AB 2288 and AB 92: What Do They Do and Do They Help CALA Members?, July 2024
California Legislature Requires Workplace Violence Prevention Plans, November 2023
Class Action Audit Tip Sheet, November 2023
Jury Awards $12.5 Million Verdict, March 2010


Litigation Basics: Surviving the Dreaded Deposition, February 2010
Litigation Basics: What to Do when You Are Sued–Act, August 2009

Resident Care

Home Health, Home Care, and Private Duty Aides, December 2018
Assisting with Medical Marijuana: What’s Your Policy?, October 2017
Death with Dignity in Assisted Living: Applying the End of Life Option Act to RCFEs, October 2016
HIPAA Not Applicable to Most Assisted Living, December 2013 (Updated December 2023)
Surrogate Decision Makers, September 2011 (Updated December 2023)
Court of Appeals Rules that SNF Cannot Respect Patient’s Racial Preferences, September 2010
Locking Rooms of Memory Care Clients, December 2008
Permits for Perms & Hospitalization for Hospice, November 2007


Update on California’s COVID-19 Tenant Protections and Their Impact on Senior Communities, March 2022
Critical Clarity Over “Rent” in Assisted Living, September 2020
Return to an RCFE from a Hospital - Part 2, October 2010
Sex Offender Registration & Residency Laws, October 2008
Return to an RCFE from a Hospital, June 2008

State & Federal Compliance

Providing Incident Reports to Resident Representative, December 2023
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Fact Sheet, January 2020 (Updated December 2023)
RCFE Compliance with California’s Medical Waste Management Act and the Federal Resource Conservation & Recovery Act, May 2023
Avoiding Illegal Antitrust Conduct, October 2023
Red Flags Rule Made Inapplicable to Assisted Living Facilities, January 2011
Appeals of Deficiencies, December 2010
Photos, Badges, and County Food Inspectors, January 2008
Lawsuit Delays Effective Date of Department of Homeland Security “No-Match” Letter Regulations, October 2007


Visitors, Cameras, and Assistance Animals, December 2022
Holiday Fun or Holiday Fund, November 2022
Employee Emotional Support and Services Animals in the Workplace as a Form of Reasonable Accommodation, September 2019
Assistance Animals: Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals, April 2017
Handling Suspicious Behavior, October 2009
What to Do with Unclaimed Lost & Found Property, September 2008
Moldy Green Oranges, July 2008
Marketing Materials Can Bite You in Your ALF, April 2007
Site Visit Rights, February 2007