Author: Mary Fetzer


Mary Fetzer is a professional freelance writer and editor. She has 10 years of experience writing articles, blog posts, and press releases for online publications and has covered an enormous range of topics ranging from personal finance and international trade to pregnancy and senior living. Mary has a business degree from Penn State and a tremendous passion for words (and good grammar). She lives with her two daughters in Central Pennsylvania. Check out Mary's work on Contently.

Staying Liability-Free by the Pool

Nothing brings families and friends together like a backyard barbecue by the swimming pool, but it’s also one of the greatest financial and legal risks a homeowner can take. When swimming pool ownership responsibilities are not taken seriously, personal injury or wrongful death can be the tragic result. Protect swimmers from harm and yourself from liability. […]

Fireworks: Are Explosives Legal in Your State?

Fireworks, also known as explosives, are legal in most states, but legal does not mean safe. When caught up in Fourth of July festivities, it’s easy to forget just how dangerous fireworks can be. Here’s what every American needs to know before lighting that fuse. Fireworks Injury and Death Statistics In January 1984, Michael Jackson […]

Will ID Cards and First Responder Training Protect People with Autism?

New York has introduced new legislation to provide free and optional ID cards for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Connecticut lawmakers have proposed a similar bill that would enable individuals with autism to receive a special driver’s license. The new laws alert law enforcement and first responders to the fact that someone has autism, […]

Paid Time Off (PTO) in 2019

In January 2019, BuzzFeed laid off more than 200 workers across the nation. The way they approached the layoffs infuriated many of the workers and shined a new spotlight on paid time off laws in the U.S.   BuzzFeed Has the Law on Its Side Paid time off (PTO) statutes differ dramatically from one state […]

Celebrate safely, avoid a DWI on New Year’s Eve

Raising a glass or two in honor of the New Year is a great way to celebrate. Just make sure you have a designated driver or Uber/Lyft on standby. You’re far more likely to be busted for drinking and driving around the holidays than at any other time of the year. Having even one drink […]

Paid time off 2018: U.S. states and metros

The United States is one of the few countries worldwide that does not have a national paid sick leave policy. Some 40 million American workers are not paid for the time they take off for health reasons. In the absence of laws at the federal level, many states and cities are moving to legislate paid […]

Doxing, Doxxing: No matter the spelling, it’s wrong

When someone searches for personal information about another person and then shares that information with malicious intent, they’re doxing. People dox to enact revenge, to discredit, or simply to reveal the identity of the anonymous. Anyone with an online presence runs the risk of being doxed. So, should you be worried? Doxing Defined The term […]

Degree, aggravation, and other criminal distinctions

On January 19, 2018, Rene Boucher was charged with felony assault for attacking his neighbor, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).  The charge, brought under a federal law that covers personal injury attacks on members of Congress, superseded an earlier charge of fourth-degree misdemeanor assault, brought by the state of Kentucky. Which begs the question: What’s the […]