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How to Be a Good Client (and Get Better Results from Your Lawyer)

When you are a paying client, it’s easy to get into the mindset that because you are paying for a service, your lawyer (or doctor or hairstylist) should be the one to magically make everything perfect for you. It’s true that when you work with a professional, you are paying for a service, which they […]

Is Your Workplace Inclusive?

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) takes place every October, so it’s a good time to place a spotlight on the contributions that workers with disabilities can make to the workforce and highlight the requirements of workplace inclusivity.   Employers must provide employees with inclusive workplaces that are free from discrimination, intimidation, and harassment. Without proper […]

How Does the Child Victims Act Help Survivors?

Six months after being signed into New York state law, the one-year look-back period provision of the Child Victims Act finally went into effect on August 14, 2019. The new legislation extends the New York statute of limitations for child sex abuse survivors to file claims against private or public institutions responsible for past abuse […]

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 […]