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Employees or Independent Contractors? Learn the Differences!

Do you know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor? At one time, Uber didn’t, which is why one of its drivers sued the ride-sharing entity in 2015 for misclassifying him as an independent contractor. Following a major 2016 lawsuit filed by multiple drivers, Uber was ordered to pay millions of dollars to misclassified drivers in Massachusetts and California. Unlike the Uber drivers who filed suit, many workers in other fields remain misclassified because they do not know their rights. The IRS once estimated that employers have misclassified millions of employees as independent …

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Sexual Abuse Scandal

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the country. It was founded in 1910 to train young people in responsible citizenship through educational programs and outdoor activities like camping and hiking. Since then, an estimated 110 million people have participated in BSA programs, and now many of them are coming forward to allege sexual abuse at the hands of scoutmasters. It seems the acronym BSA might just stand for “Boy Scouts Abused.” On August 6, a group of attorneys called Abused in Scouting filed a lawsuit against BSA. …

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Sexual Assault

With sexual assaults occurring with disturbing frequency, parents across North Carolina are sounding the alarm: some schools provide sexual predators an ideal way to perpetrate their crimes. Are your child’s teacher, principal, staff, and school board doing enough to protect your child? Sexual Assaults on the Rise It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 25% of all girls and 17% of all boys will be subjected to sexual assault before their 18th birthday. Some of the sexual assaults take place in the very schools we consider to be safe …

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Who is responsible if you are sexually assaulted in the hospital?

Preventing Danger to Vulnerable Patients  Above all, when you are a patient, your healthcare provider must keep you safe. When you or your family member stays in a hospital, assisted living facility, nursing home, memory loss clinic, or rehabilitation facility, you expect protection. In fact, in many cases, you entered the facility in the first place because you were too weak to keep yourself safe. Perhaps you were suffering psychologically – you were a child or wife escaping an abusive family member, or a patient struggling with addiction, or it’s you parent suffering from a …

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Imagine working for decades for a North Carolina company. You work overtime every time you are asked, and you don’t miss work. Even when you hurt your back at work, you keep working a hard job, for years. But when you fall again, and suffer a new injury to your back, your company decides that it won’t pay.  That is what happened to Jeff Laird, an electrician at International Paper. But Mr. Laird fought back. He asked Valerie Johnson and Drew Culler to file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and to help him get his …

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