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For anyone who needs to hire an attorney, one of the biggest worries is that you can’t afford one. People often avoid hiring an attorney altogether for fear that they won’t be able to manage the attorney’s fees. This is an expensive and often unnecessary…

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What feels like retaliation may not be. How do you know?

Or is it? In its everyday usage, retaliation is essentially equivalent to revenge. When someone at work does something harmful to you because of something you said or did – whether good or bad, most people would consider that retaliation. However, what…

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Recently, you feel as though you have been discriminated against at work. You are being treated differently than the rest of the staff in relation to your job duties and you think they are trying to force you to quit. This all started about 8 months ago…

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DOL Tightens the Screws on Independent Contractors

Misclassifying a worker can have dire consequences as a violation of various employment, labor and tax laws. Employers may be enticed to misclassify employees given the cost of doing business. Employers do not have to pay employment taxes for independent…

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Low wage workers just won’t take it anymore. They are the backbone of every community. They are the people who prepare your food, clean your house and care for your children, yet, they don’t make enough money to take care of their own families. Although…

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Everyone has received that envelope in the mail and had the undoubted reaction, “how can I get out of this.” It’s simply the most common reaction from anyone who has never actually served on a jury before. Sadly, it’s become a welcome challenge for people…

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For awhile, getting fired when seeking a workplace accommodation did not rise to the level of retaliation. In 2013, the California Court of Appeals held that requesting an accommodation was not a protected activity as needed to make a finding of…

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Did you know that each year October 24th is “Take Back Your Time Day”? Take Back Your Time is a Seattle-based organization that challenges the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine in the United States. TBYT strives toward educating people…

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Employees need advance notice of their work schedules

This week, following other retailers, Urban Outfitters announced that it would put an end to “on-call” shifts at all of their North American stores, including Anthropologie, and Free People. Some retailers have even decided to give notice of scheduling a…

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Seeking legal advice before there's a problem can avoid one altogether

You’ve decided to start your own business and as excited as you are, you are entirely overwhelmed by everything you need to do. You are working on a limited budget and trying to stretch those funds as far as they’ll go but you hit the ground running. In…
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