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Why We Honor Fallen Workers Today

On Workers Memorial Day we remember workers who lost their lives on the job. It’s a good time to let others know about how risky some jobs are, and to remind us about the responsibility that employers have to protect their workers.  Every worker should feel protected at work from physical harm, harassment, and illegal employment practices.  As business owners ourselves, we understand the biggest focus is on getting the job done. But you need to question, if the job can’t be done safely, should you be doing it at all?    The Bureau of

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Why Did A Cable TV Channel Feature Our Client In One Of Its Shows?

The show is called Vanity Fair Confidential, and it can be seen on the Investigation Discovery Channel.  Maybe you are familiar with the show.  A recent episode, called St. George’s Hidden Dragons, featured our law firm’s client, Forrest Parker.  It’s not every day that one of our clients has the opportunity to convey an important message on national television, so we want to celebrate it and urge you to watch. What is our client’s story? Forrest wasn’t looking for the limelight, but he has an important story to tell. He is a grown man now,

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What Does The Bathroom Bill (HB2) Have To Do With Your Job?

North Carolina’s 2016 bathroom bill, HB2, is famous around the country.  Most people know about it because it requires people to use the bathroom that matches with their gender on their birth certificates.  Many people know that it cost the state millions in revenue because the NCAA and other events refused to come to North Carolina.  We just watched the 2017 ACC Tournament take place in Brooklyn, New York, instead of Greensboro, North Carolina.  Every NC college basketball fan felt the sting of that move. But you may not know that the bathroom bill also

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Four Ways to Get the Best Outcome in Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

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You have been injured. Your health and your finances are at risk. You need to put money in your pocket and food on the table every week. There are better ways to make this happen than others. You probably want to know what you can do today to get the best results for your case and for your health. Here are the top four things you can do to win your workers comp case. Tell your lawyer everything that has to do with your injury, work and medical condition. Nobody likes being blindsided. And when a

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If You Were Assaulted at School, Can the School Force You to Talk to your Perpetrator?

restorative justice

There is a lot of talk these days about “restorative justice.”   After a crime is committed, or a rule is broken, school officials assemble all the people involved, and try to get them to understand each other.  School and college administrators love this procedure and they are getting trained in how to implement it all over the country. If it works, it’s supposed to cut down on assaults, bullying and other crimes. But if you were the victim of a rape, sexual assault or a violent crime, should you be forced to sit down in

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The Government is About to Give Your Job the Right to Know Everything About You

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Unless you live far from your neighbors, you probably cover up your windows at night or when you’re away from home. We are hardwired to make sure that we keep our privacy. Nobody likes prying eyes. Since Americans value their homes, their security, and their privacy so much, it’s hard to believe that many people would support the government allowing their job peak inside their bodies.  A right to privacy is something that people talk about being a part of the Constitution. But the US Congress could now pass a bill that would allow employers

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Women’s Basketball Coach Says Parents Worried About Sexual Abuse Should Get Knocked in the Face

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You may have heard that Baylor University is under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights within the US Department of Education. Several Baylor football players have been convicted of rape in recent years. The coach and University President were forced to step down, and the Title IX coordinator quit, claiming that she was retaliated against for trying to protect students. You expect loyal alumni to defend the school, perhaps even to get hostile about the complaints. But last weekend, this is what Kim Mulkey, Baylor’s women’s basketball coach had to say on the court

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The Workers’ Comp Book You’ve Been Waiting for Is Finally Here

workers compensation law

Valerie Johnson’s new edition of North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law: A Practical Guide to Success At Every Stage of a Claim is now available. Valerie Johnson edited this edition with Gina Cammarano of Farah and Cammarano. The hefty 21-chapter workers’ compensation guide is 740 pages of discussion of the law and cases, but an E-book is a lighter option.  North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law is written by NC Workers’ Compensation specialists,  workers’ compensation judges, and other decision makers who know every part of a claim, from injury to medical treatment and settlement or court decision.

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Why Did the Government Remove Animal Abuse Data from its Website, and Who Cares?

Two Dogs in a Kennel

Just a few weeks ago, the United States Department of Agriculture purged from its website the entire 17-year database of information about the mistreatment of animals. The information covered abuse in a variety of settings, including research labs, puppy mills, and zoos. The agency had been keeping the information because it dealt with investigations into companies and individuals with USDA licenses, and also because of lawsuits brought by animal welfare advocates. And maybe somebody over there thought it was the right thing to do. After discovering that animal abuse information had been deleted, animal welfare

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Do You Know Children Who Were Sold For Sex Through Backpage?

Kids are being pimped out over the internet on a daily basis. One of the biggest markets for child prostitution is through Texas-based Backpage. That’s an online classified ad company that looks legit at first glance but sells a lot more than motorcycles and antiques. A very large percentage of its business is sex – sex with children. Backpage has been known for a long time as a profitable place for child prostitution rings to run their ads. Backpage claims that all it does is provide a platform for ads. In other words, it says

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