Author: Gemma Alexander


Gemma Alexander is a Seattle-based freelance writer specializing in technical topics for general readers. She holds a degree in Horticulture and has worked in a genetics lab and at a landfill. See other things she has written here.

6 ways to spring-clean your legal life

Health, life, auto, home or renters’ insurance – there’s a lot to keep track of. Figure out what coverage you need and what plans you qualify for. Find an insurance broker if you need help to make sure you are neither paying for more than you need or leaving yourself open to unnecessary risk.

How families can navigate the immigration system

One of the biggest myths of U.S. immigration is the myth that once an individual gains citizenship, they can easily “sponsor” their entire extended family. It is true that sponsorship by a naturalized family member is one of the primary ways that new immigrants can legally enter the United States. But it is still extremely challenging to bring family members who live in other countries to the U.S., and only certain relatives are eligible.

Can an employer make you wear high heels?

Even the military no longer requires women to dress differently than men, so it would seem like dress code double standards are things of the past. But female employees who want to, say, wear flats instead of heels may still not have a legal leg to stand on.