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Author Archives: Sylvia Hsieh

Courts haven’t found unity on religious accommodations at work (access required)

In greater numbers, workers are asking their bosses to change their work schedules, relax company dress codes and make other adjustments so that they can fulfill their job requirements and religious obligations at the same time. And workers are increasingly ...

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OSHA rule extends to more construction workers (access required)

More construction workers will be covered by a final Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule intended to prevent workplace death and injury from hoisting cranes and derricks. The rule, issued by the OSHA on April 23, extends a 2010 standard ...

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Feds, states stepping up worker audits (access required)

Fresh hell for small business owners: A new crackdown on firms that misclassify workers as contract or part-time employees to avoid paying overtime or, beginning next year, health benefits mandated by Obamacare. The increased scrutiny comes as cash-strapped states and ...

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Class action settlements face growing scrutiny by objectors, courts (access required)

Facing new objectors, class action settlements are attracting greater scrutiny from appellate courts, which are gutting those settlements and sending them back to be renegotiated. In particular, the amount and proportion of attorney fees and the payment of money into ...

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New landscape for estate planning attorneys (access required)

The new law that averted the “fiscal cliff” contains major changes for estate and gift tax rules that will affect not only the advice lawyers give to their clients, but the future landscape of estate planning law for years to ...

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Company behind national fungal meningitis outbreak files for bankruptcy (access required)

The medical compounding company behind the fungal meningitis outbreak and a defendant in numerous lawsuits has filed for bankruptcy. New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts-based company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Boston on Dec. 21 amid a barrage of ...

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Lawyers still skeptical of litigation funding (access required)

Litigation funding companies are increasingly marketing their services to cash-strapped plaintiffs who have large medical bills but possibly an even larger legal recovery on the horizon. But plaintiffs’ lawyers remain skeptical of the practice. Plaintiffs’ attorneys say they have seen ...

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Employers cautious about new program for undocumented workers (access required)

A new program that allows certain undocumented immigrants to receive temporary work authorization isn’t on most employers’ radar screens even though they can get into trouble if their employees file under the program. The program, known as DACA – or ...

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Fracking laws face environmental challenges (access required)

Laws that would broaden fracking – the controversial drilling practice that uses a mix of chemicals and water at high pressure to release natural gas deep under the surface – are facing environmental challenges in court. In one recent development, ...

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