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I've been writing this blog since 2007 and have tried (not 100% successfully) to keep it up to date. Some months I hardly post at all while others yield copious things. All in all, I'm proud to have this public diary (as it were) and thankful that you stopped by to read my ramblings as I navigate this court reporting business journey. And I don't really know why I'm pictured on top of that conference room table. I really need to get around to changing that...

-Todd Olivas

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    Get your continuing education credits FREE

    5/12/2020

    You’ve worked hard to build your workers' comp career. But these days, you may be working harder than ever to keep it growing.So I want to help you and here's how...Todd Olivas & Associates is now an approved continuing education provider (#6001878) with the California Department of Insurance (CDI).And we've be ...

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    These stories might help...

    5/5/2020

    Hello,You're doing your best to manage your life. You're juggling normal life -- health, family, finances -- all while dealing with an unprecedented global pandemic.It's honestly a lot. Heroic, actually.So I thought this week I'd gather up some stories from industry folks -- just like you -- and read how they're managing. I ...

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    3 Things I Learned After Doing 35 Podcast Interviews...

    4/28/2020

    Hello there! In September of last year, I started the TOA Storytellers podcast with a simple premise -- interview people in the industry to learn not only about comp information but also -- MOSTLY -- to hear their personal stories. The trials and the triumphs.35 podcasts la ...

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    This morning`s depo

    4/14/2020

    Whoah...We're in week 5 of California's shut down. How's it going?For work you're undoubtedly doing what you can but I'm sure you'd rather be closing more files -- rather than being stuck in place; right?So how about a glimmer of good news!The good news is despite this quarantine situation -- there is a workable solu ...

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    problem

    4/7/2020

    There's a big problem...I bet you have amazing goals for your Comp life and career.To accomplish those goals, you need to constantly be serving your clients and doing your job.But there's a HUGE problem... Coronavirus has got you locked inside... and even while working online is doable, there's still things -- like deposi ...

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    6 Things You Must Know In Comp for 2020

    4/21/2020

    Each year we host TOA University -- an all-day conference for the Workers' Comp industry. This year's pirate-themed event was held on March 6, 2020 had some great information that we wanted to put in your hands, whether you attended or not. This ebook is your summary which can be downloaded ...

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    Remote Depositions

    3/18/2020

    Despite the interruption of coronavirus/COVID-19, your depositions can still proceed using Zoom. Essentially, Zoom is an easy-to-use and free app that allows for secure and remote meetings to happen -- in our case depositions. And as long as both parties of the case stipulate to it, even a party witness like the Applicant does not need to be in ...

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    AI and the Court Reporter

    2/5/2020

    AI is coming to every industry worldwide. Period. And that will happen whether it's embraced by court reporting -- or any particular industry -- or not. Futurists' warnings about the ultimate dangers of The Singularity are no joke. Wikipedia cites the technolog ...

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    AB 5 - FAQ

    1/14/2020

    This is a growing library of Frequently Asked Questions about what I know about AB 5. The following is not pretending nor should it be considered to be a) legal advice; b) tax advice. I'm just a guy bloggin' about what I've learned about this law and how it affects me and my business. You and your business are unique and should be advised by o ...

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    Sample Letter for Court Reporters Who Wish to Write a Letter to Legislators RE AB 5

    1/14/2020

    I've been asked about what freelance court reporters can do to voice their support for an exemption from AB 5. Here is a template letter you could start off with if you wanted to write the legislator in your district.STEP 1: Look up who is in your district: http://find ...

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    Guest Blog Post: Attorney Chris A. Schaefer, Esq. -- Can Industries Meet The ABC Test?

    1/14/2020

    This is a guest blog post by attorney Chris A. Schaefer, Esq. who specializes in representing companies in fighting AB 5 and other legal matters. Originally this was from an email written to captioners and interpreters, but I think it would apply to court reporting as well.The content and conclusion that your industry cannot meet the AB ...

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    DRA`s Position on AB5 and What Reporters Should Do Now

    12/9/2019

    This is a re-print (with permission) from The Deposition Reporters Association 's (DRA) e-note from December 9, 2019. I think it is a very informative piece of information regarding what AB 5 does, how it affects every reporter in California, as well as what to do next.But first, what is AB 5?

    AB 5 Explained

    11/5/2019

    I have been recently named to the Deposition Reporters Association (DRA) AB 5 Task Force. I never dreamt I'd be on a task force for anything. Yet here I am. I guess it's because AB 5 has created a stir in me like nothing else before (politically). As such one of the first tasks I've worked on wit ...

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    Why Every CA Court Reporter -- Whether Official or Freelance -- Should Care About AB 5

    10/31/2019

    It occurred to me to start a list of reasons why every California court reporter should care about AB 5. It seems like some reporters -- mostly those working in court -- think they are immune from AB 5. Or, if not immune, then the affects that are talked about are overblown. Nothing could be further from the truth. And I plan to use this page a ...

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    DRA`s Letter to Lorena Gonzalez RE AB 5

    10/29/2019

    Earlier this year the good folks over at the Deposition Reporters Association (DRA) sent over a letter to Lorena Gonzalez who authored Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5). I have been given permission by DRA and Ed Howard, Esq. to share the form and substance of this letter.

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    Are Court Reporters Exempted by AB 5 under the B2B clause?

    10/24/2019

    Can court reporters avail themselves of the Business to Business (B2B) exemption in AB 5? Two attorneys weigh in below and seem to think so. What follows is a deep dive into the possible B2B exemption afforded in AB 5 and how it may apply to the court reporting community.Given that AB 5 contains this clause in Section 2 (e) (1) (B):


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    AB5 and Court Reporting

    9/17/2019

    Hello, I'm going to use this page as my update page wherein I update whatever I learn about the Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) which -- to my and my attorney's way of thinking -- is an existential threat to the entirety of the court reporting industry. I plan to update this page any time I have something to say about this topic.UPDATE 1/14/2020 < ...

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    Brea Conference Suites

    8/21/2019

    Welp, I'm super happy to announce that our Brea, CA location is finally up and going. We are open for deposition business and some clients have already switched their depositions here away from alternative locations. Our plan, though, is that hosting depositions is only the beginning. We envision having all kinds of business meetings here includ ...

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    Is Court Reporting Considered a Specified Service Trade or Business (SSTB) under the new law?

    2/6/2019

    Due to the new tax law changes made in 2019, some questions about whether or not court reporters (or court reporting firms) qualify for the 199A tax deductions have come up. The answer seems to hinge on whether or not stenography is one of the exempted SSTBs. Or does it fall under the larger law category?First, here is the IRS brief about ...

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    Court Reporting Industry Stakeholders meet to discuss Dynamex

    9/11/2018

    This past weekend I flew to Sacramento, CA in order to attend an informational forum hosted by the California Court Reporters Association (CCRA). I was impressed by the speaker Kimberly Lucia, an attorney with Boutin ...

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    Why Dynamex should be paused for further review

    8/16/2018

    Recently, I've become impassioned about the #Dynamex decision wherein the test to be classified as an independent contractor in California was narrowed to a three-pronged ABC test.You can read more about that here: ABC Test, Dynamex and Court Reporting< ...

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    ABC Test, Dynamex and Court Reporting

    7/18/2018

    Ever since I wrote my Herman Melville-length opus chronicling my year-long battle with the EDD, I have gotten many many MANY calls and emails from court reporting and interpreting agencies who face similar plights. Typically, they are dealing with an EDD intent on viewing their Independent Contractors as employees thus potentially triggering career ...

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    Court reporters are statutorily not employees

    7/18/2018

    It was brought to my attention by a former EDD tax auditor and CPA from the firm of Wubbels & Duffy that the following CUIC Code might have proven useful during the time of my E ...

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    California Read and Sign Deposition Rule Requirements

    5/15/2018

    THE CA READ & SIGN RULES REQUIRE: The witness may change the answer to any question and may approve or refuse to approve the transcript by means of a signed letter to the CSR.GREAT NEWS! This allows for electronic review!The CSR send out notifications when the original deposition ...

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