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How You Might Accidentally Hire an Undocumented Employee

Many of us consider ourselves law-abiding citizens. We pay our income taxes, comply with numerous regulations, purchase mandatory insurance policies, and refrain from stealing, killing, and cheating. We register our cars and our guns, and we only use legal substances when we want to experience intoxication. Admittedly, we occasionally drive faster than the speed limit or jaywalk, but…

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Nine Reasons Not to Hire Undocumented Workers

I understand, even what I don’t condone. I get it. You are in a sanctuary city, where your Mayor appreciates the risks you take to help people who have broken the law. Like mine, your ancestors might have been immigrants, and had the laws been what they are today, we could have also been undocumented. Maybe you simply see the opportunity…

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ICERM Statement on UN OEWGA8 Guiding Questions

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) is committed to supporting sustainable peace in countries around the world, and we are well aware of the contributions that can be made by our elders. ICERM has established the World Elders Forum strictly for elders, traditional rulers/leaders or representatives of ethnic, religious, community and indigenous groups. We…

201704.03
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Types of People Who Might Prefer Mediation to Litigation

One website reports that the average number of federal tort, or injury, lawsuits filed each year in the United States is 512,000. From there, you can probably estimate that a large number of tort lawsuits are filed in state courts, too, since most motor vehicle accident, slip-and-fall, and property damage cases are filed in the…

201703.27
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Three Ways to Avoid an Unnecessary Permanency Classification

I have defended a lot of employers, workers compensation (“WC”) insurance carriers, and third-party administrators (“TPA”) in WC claims. Often, the cases we could be administering with minimal litigation end up with multiple hearings over periods of several years because the injured workers become increasingly disgruntled as the confusing process continues longer than they think…

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Mother Knows Best…

It should come as no surprise that humans are living longer, on average, throughout the world. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (“AARP”), people aged 60 years or older now outnumber children aged five or younger. In many cases, people will spend more time and resources caring for their aging parents than they…

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FAQ: Can I participate in my workers compensation defense, even if I hire a lawyer?

Yes, of course, you can participate in the defense of a claim filed against you or your business! You might get a different idea from the Workers’ Compensation Board, which chooses not to send you Notices of Hearing once it feels you aren’t necessary for the proceedings anymore, but you are entitled to know what…

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FAQ: Do I need a lawyer to defend me in my workers’ compensation case?

No, you don’t necessarily need a lawyer to defend you in a workers’ compensation (“WC”) claim filed against you. Much depends upon the nature of the claim against you. If you have WC insurance and one of your employees was injured in the course and scope of his or her employment (something a lawyer will…