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Update: Recreational marijuana

Four years ago, the legalization of marijuana was a big deal. While it’s still illegal on the federal level, states have the power to vote on it and legalize it on the state level. California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada were among the first to do so.  Before the 2020 election, eleven states and Washington DC […]

Avvo 1-on-1: How are people coping with financial distress due to COVID-19?

Avvo 1-on-1 is a new Avvo question-and-answer article series featuring candid interviews with attorneys in various specific fields of law.  The goal of this series is to humanize intimidating law topics for the everyday person through stories, anecdotes, and other real-life experiences shared by attorneys.      Our next installment features an employment attorney, Cara O’Neill. […]

How do you sue someone?

Every hour, an estimated 4,500 lawsuits get filed in the United States. That works out to 40 million lawsuits a year. People sue for many reasons, including:  Enforcement of a contract (a builder who didn’t complete a job, for example) Financial compensation for financial, physical, or emotional harm (such as slip-and-fall injuries or malpractice) Confirmation […]

What you need to know about presidential transitions

A presidential transition is a massive event that marks the start of a new administration, and with it, new possibilities.. Moving a new occupant into the Oval Office may be the most visible aspect of the transition, but it’s actually the simplest. The full transition involves filling thousands of government positions, preparing an entirely new […]

Crimes against the Grinch

We’re all familiar with the Grinch, the grumpy, cave-dwelling creature who lives high in Mount Crumpit with his dog, just north of the little town of Whoville. He gets so annoyed by the happiness of the Whos that he decides to go out and steal Christmas from them.  Well, as it turns out, attempting to […]

14 foods that are banned in the U.S.

In the United States, we enjoy all kinds of foods grown on American soil and all around the world. And while our choices might seem endless, you may not realize there are many foods from other parts of the world that have been banned.  Foods are banned for different reasons, including potential health risks, protecting […]

10 books that are banned in the U.S.

Books have been banned for various reasons throughout history. While you might think that it doesn’t happen anymore, the truth is numerous books are still challenged and banned in schools and libraries throughout the United States. Back in 1982, so many books were being challenged that several organizations around the country came together to start […]

Deadline: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As we speed toward the end of the year, we’re facing the end of several federal programs designed to provide financial relief to businesses affected by COVID-19. One of these laws, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), will expire on December 31, 2020.  Overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act The FFCRA reimburses […]

Consumer privacy: How your personal social media data is used

Credit card numbers, bank information, personal details like phone numbers and shopping habits—every time you log on to your computer, your browsing history may be tracked and recorded by businesses, with or without your knowledge. What kind of information they collect, how they collect it, who they share it with, and what they’re doing to […]

OSHA workplace protections for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic (also often referred to as the coronavirus pandemic) has changed a lot about how businesses operate. Maintaining a safe environment for employees, as well as any customers who walk through the door, is vital. To help, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidelines for employers to help protect their […]