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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 […]

Who is liable if I’m hurt while riding in an Uber or Lyft?

Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft have experienced tremendous growth over the past five years, and led to mass acceptance of the concept of ridesharing. Unfortunately, car accidents happen every day, and when someone is hurt while riding as a passenger, it may not be immediately clear who is liable for their injuries. If you’re […]

Why are so many seniors filing for bankruptcy?

The number of older Americans filing for consumer bankruptcy has never been higher. According to a study by the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, that rate at which Americans 65 and over file for bankruptcy has more than doubled, and there’s been a five-fold increase in the percentage of older adults in the bankruptcy system. “For an […]

How a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling could impact overtime claims

Thanks to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay after 40 hours of work in a workweek. This act also safeguards employees through baseline standards for minimum wage, and full-time and part-time status. Through a principle called “narrow construction,” employees have had a presumption of non-exempt status (eligibility for […]

Why are dog bites more common in the summer?

The summer months are typically associated with vacations, outdoor activities, and a much-needed break from school. Unfortunately, research shows that dog bites also occur more often in the summer, and that young children are at the highest risk. Many factors, ranging from hot weather to stress at home, can influence a dog’s behavior and create […]