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Is The Gender Pay Gap Closing?

Women face discrimination in all fields, but the issue manifests itself differently from one industry to the next. In law, it’s most evident in the persistent gender pay gap; today’s female attorneys earn tens of thousands less per year than their male counterparts. Female attorneys are also less likely to feel satisfied with their earnings. […]

Holiday pay 101: Guidelines and requirements for employers

Most companies offer six holidays off for their employees each year: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Although these holidays are widely recognized, companies aren’t legally obligated to pay nonexempt employees for office closures. Holiday pay for nonexempt and exempt employees Legally, companies can handle holiday pay for exempt […]

Changing lives: Adopting a child from foster care

The month of November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. This year’s focus is on adoption of children who are currently in foster care. Adoptive parents play an important role in providing a foster child with a permanent and safe home in which to thrive. In the United States, there are nearly 70,000 foster […]

Cybersecurity tips for holiday online shopping

With the holiday season underway, retailers are offering motivated shoppers deals on electronics, toys, clothes, and other hot-ticket items. Shopping days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have become like holidays themselves, with the National Retail Federation estimating that more than 164 million consumers will shop Thanksgiving weekend through Monday. Due to […]

Transgender rights at risk with changes to legal definition of sex

Since taking office, the Trump administration has made several changes that have impacted people in the LGBTQ community including rescinding protections for transgender youth in schools, and attempting to bar transgender people from serving in the military. Many members of the LGBTQ community have raised concerns that reversals by the administration are designed to roll back […]

Workplace rights: Time off to vote guaranteed by these states

Election Day — usually the first Tuesday after November 1 — is the day people vote to elect federal public officials. Since Election Day falls on a Tuesday, many people are expected to be at work, and some critics believe that may contribute to decreased voter turnout. While Election Day does not automatically result in […]

Tips for a spooky, yet safe, Halloween

Halloween means ghoulish costumes, creepy jack-o-lanterns and a frightfully good time. As you get ready to take children trick-or-treating, or prepare to pass out candy, here are a few tips to make sure your night of spooky fun doesn’t turn into a nightmare. Haunted houses Many homeowners like to construct elaborate decorations around their homes […]

Three ways to ensure ADA compliance in the workplace

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Employees with disabilities add great value to their organizations. A 2018 study in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation found that employers who hired people with disabilities often experienced improvements in profitability, […]

Scooter usage surges, but who is liable for injuries?

Electric scooters are showing up in cities across the nation, and the trend seems to have momentum. As NPR reported in August 2018, nearly 70 percent of people in a recent survey said they viewed dockless scooters positively. Part of their appeal could be that scooters are frequently thought to be cheap (they typically cost […]

The rise of Indigenous Peoples Day

The concept of replacing the United States federal holiday of Columbus Day with a holiday known as “Indigenous Peoples Day” was first discussed in 1977 at the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas. However, it wasn’t until more than a decade later that the holiday was inaugurated. Berkeley, California, was the […]