DNA testing is powerful and valuable, and grows more powerful every day. But like most advanced science, it is not with out its perils, some of them unforeseen. There are laws in place that address some protections against genetic discrimination, including GINA, (the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, a US federal law), but they are far from comprehensive.
A bill seeks to eliminate your employer’s obligation to pay you for overtime. Currently, the government does not have to pay its employees overtime, but can instead give “comp time” – equal paid time off for the overtime you work. The Act proposed to extend that to private employers.
In the wake of the recent (August 2016) shooting death of Korryn Gaines, a number of people have posed questions to me about 1) the “sovereign citizens” movement, and 2) whether you are required, by law, to identify yourself to
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched an American Sign Language (ASL) Video Customer Support Line which allows deaf and hearing impaired customers to communicate directly with the SBA over videophone. Now deaf and hearing impaired customers have a
Did you recently do your taxes and learn that you owe a fine for not being insured? The government has created a SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD from March 15, 2015 through April 30, 2015. Legal Aid of North Carolina can help
Are you a small business owner confused about how the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) affects you?
The Small Business Administration offers Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars. The SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they
I don’t do much criminal defense anymore, but when I was just starting out, I worked as a court-appointed attorney for a few years. The following is from a handout I prepared for new clients. Most of it applies equally
Administrative Remedies An important issue in many employment litigation situations – especially discrimination claims – is “exhaustion of administrative remedies.” The basic principle coming into play here is that you can’t sue someone for not fixing a problem if you
The North Carolina General Assembly has been busily rewriting Chapter 96 of the General Statutes, “Employment Security” – known to most of us as Unemployment, Unemployment Benefits, or Unemployment Insurance. One change you should be aware of relates to your
Most people understand the basic concept of Conflict of Interest, but it’s actually more complex than it may at first seem. Competing Interests In its simplest form, a Conflict of Interest arises when an attorney represents a client who is