Talking Politics At Work Can Get You Fired

During the presidential elections political disagreements can easily arise in the workplace at any time. Usually such conversations can be heated and it does not matter whether you are on “red” or “blue” side or you consider yourself in the middle. The fact is that many private employers restrict political speech in the workplace.

In other words, sharing your opinion at work can get you fired. Susan Adams noted in Forbes that the Society for Human Resources reported 25% of employers maintained written policies. Some of these policies restrict having conversations about politics at work. Only a handful of states have laws that strictly prohibit private employers from discriminating against employees.

At least 80% of workers believe that they have a “free speech” right to have conversations on politics. They are absolutely wrong. The Fourth Amendment protects employees only from government interference but not employer interference. And maybe it is a high time to take a closer look at your employers’ written policies.

Some people believe if there is not any written policies at their company they can have a possibility to wear political buttons, T-shirts or they can outlaw political posters and instigate a conversation about hot-button issues during the lunch time. The answer to this question is NO.

The good news is that most employers are tolerant. 2/3 of the employers allow their workers to have a political discussion in their workplace as long as it does not interfere with work. And, of course, the employees remain respectful for that.

Do you think employers should be allowed to restrict the political speech of their employees? Please, share your opinion in the comments section below. 

More information can be found here: http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/09/12/why-you-shouldnt-talk-politics-at-work/

DNA test without a warrant

The Court has decided the police can sample your DNA without a warrant. Thus, anyone arrested for a felony, even the individuals who were never convicted, can now be tested. The tests’ results are uploaded to state and federal crime database.

Pros and cons

Some law agencies hope DNA testing can be a reliable identification tool rather than names, appearance and fingerprints. Proponents say it is a valuable tool which can investigate unsolved crimes. It can also help separate violent offenders from other people. For example, a Maryland study shows that 20 crimes could have been prevented if just 3 arrested were sampled.

Opponents claim it violates the Fourth Amendment which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. As a result, in a number of state and federal courts there were cases when the law faced conflicting results. The case by the Maryland Court of Appeals held the practice unconstitutional. It happened earlier this year. A DNA sample was taken from a man who was arrested in 2009 on assault. It matched evidence from an unsolved rape. Later on, he was convicted and charged by the state based on the match.

Removing your DNA data

If you have been arrested for a felony you did not commit, you can have your records removed from the database. Only eight states offer automatic deletion of these records. In the remaining 17 states arrestees must contact authorities to ask that their records be removed.

More information here: http://blogs.lawyers.com/2012/10/the-police-can-test-your-dna-without-a-warrant/

Better Boss vs. Salary Increase

Satisfaction level hits new low.

Why 2/3 of Americans are unhappy with their jobs? It’s because they don’t get along well with their bosses. Career Expert Michelle McQuaid says that $360 billion a year are costing companies in lost productivity. She also conducted a survey of 1,000 Americans. What she found was that 65% were in need of a better boss. They believe a better boss would make them happier. But, for the rest of those surveyed (35%), a salary increase would make them feel the same.

Some other interesting findings from McQuaid’s survey:

  • 70 % men and women said they would be happier if they got along better with their boss. By the way, they were equal in inquiry. But, younger workers feel more strongly about this, almost 80%.
  • 60% say they would do a better job, if they got along better with their boss.
  • 47 % have an opinion that when stress levels of their bosses are high they do not stay in control.
  • 42 % say that their bosses don’t work very hard.
  • Only 38 % were satisfied with their boss and described their attitude as “great.”
  • 31 % feel uninspired by their boss.
  • Close to 20 % say their boss displays no integrity.
  • 15 % feel downright miserable.

These findings support the latest research from Gallup. The researchers have made up a conclusion that trouble with an immediate manager is No. 1. That is why people leave their jobs.

No Warrant Is Required

A very controversial topic

Did you know you are being tracked right now by the government? The police now is making requests to cell phone companies in order to know the location of their users. It became known in today’s Lawyers.com Radio broadcast where the host Matt Plessner interviews Editor in Chief Larry Bodine.

The good news is: “They’re not asking to listen in on the calls, they just say, ‘we want to know where the person is,’” Bodine says.

According to The Fourth Amendment, the police is required to get a search warrant in almost all cases. Also, The Fourth Amendment, the part of the Bill and Rights, guards people against unreasonable searches and seizures, including arrest. Thus, to be able to get a warrant, the police has to show probable cause that a crime has been committed.

The controversial part of the event is that the police is saying, “We don’t want to bother showing probable cause. We don’t want to bother getting a warrant. We just want the information, just based on our request.”

What’s so special about a Local Record?

Bodine said that the police can get a lot of the information about a cell phone user. For example, they can tell you exactly where you are at the moment. In other words, it’ll be easy to tell whether you went to a bar or a church; whether you are a student or an employee. Even the door you knocked on can be easily identified.

He also explains that there are things people don’t want to make available for anybody. But in this case, your habits, your relationships and all your activities can be figured by the police. It sounds more like an incredible invasion of privacy.

Basically, everything depends on what kind of a cell phone you’re carrying with you. If you have an ordinary phone — to check your location is possible any time you make a call, text or send an e-mail. With a smartphone, everything gets even more complicated, because of a GPS signal; your phone can be checked even though it is on or it is turned off. But, in any event, it can be done without a warrant.

Here’s a link to an audio recorded from the radio station: http://bcove.me/msxqhc08

US Bizarre Laws

America is the place for wacky state laws. Each State has it’s own pretty unbelievable things including laws which are odd, laughable and downright bizarre. When packing your bags and heading off to any of these places you should be careful because you never know what weird laws may still be in effect! These laws may be funny, but finding yourself on the wrong side of the law is no laughing matter.

 Here they are, the dumbest laws in America:

  • Illinois: It is illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while sitting on the curb.
  • Iowa: It is illegal to hunt from an aircraft.
  • Kentucky: It is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket.
  • West Virginia: It is illegal for children to attend school with there breath smelling of wild onions.
  • Alaska: It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane.
  • California: Illegal to set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
  • Connecticut: It is illegal to walk across the street on your hands.
  • Florida: It is illegal to fart in a public place after 6:00 pm on Thursdays.
  • Idaho: It is illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.
  • Maryland: It is illegal to take a lion to the movies.
  • New Jersey: It is illegal to slurp soup.
  • New York: It is illegal to greet each other by putting one’s thumb on the nose and wiggling the fingers.

No matter what State you find yourself in, be sure you visit www.legalbistro.com our on-line community where you are able to post your case anonymously.

You can find more interesting State Laws here: http://www.dumblaws.com

Your Profile Image Can Get You More Clients

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article your profile picture is very important, especially if you are building your own business. And being strategic in the art of creating an image is a key component to success.

The New York City-based Ms. Williams spent some her time among three social-media sites — Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Her research shows that a page with a profile picture is seven times as likely to be viewed as a page without one.

Even a small detail has a great role, for example, the way you are dressed. Imagine a client or an interviewing employee saying: “I don’t recognize you, you look different in reality.” In other words, the appearance should reflect the norms of your profession.

Another detail is to be caught in the moment so your energy in that moment is somehow captured. “If you’re sitting up straight, your shoulders are back, you’re smiling and you have open eyes, you’re non-verbally communicating that you’re confident, competent and have a curiosity about the world,” Ms. Williams says. She also suggests that it would be better if a friend takes a picture of you, because in a professional photograph you can sometimes feel uptight.

As concerns Facebook or other social-media websites the image on the main page has to be carefully selected and chosen. There shouldn’t also be too many photos of you uploaded as soon as you come back from a trip from Italy. Nobody is going to see them all, anyway.

No photos of you with food or drinks should be in your profile. “I don’t think anyone cares about what coffee I’m drinking in the morning, no matter how flavorful it is,” says Ms. Williams.

In addition, tagged photos can lead you to a problem, too. Everything can be ruined by a friend tagging you in a photo drinking wine on a Sunday afternoon. Here is what Ms. Williams says: “I have professional people on this network — I don’t want them seeing what I’m drinking on a Sunday night.” She was horrified when a relative tagged her in a picture showing her drinking wine at a family party.  She untagged herself.

More info. here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203388804576613561719372694.html#articleTabs%3Darticle

WHAT DO LAWYERS DO? AND WHERE?

All lawyers are not alike. They can work in various capacities such as legal and non-legal. Also, they specialize in private areas. Moreover, lawyers do not usually go to trial to win the case as you can watch in movies or on TV. Generally speaking, there are two areas where they usually specialize in:

1. Legal Specializations
Some lawyers specialize in a particular area, the other – in trial law (civil or criminal). They can also help clients who seek to reverse or to uphold lower court decisions, bankruptcy law, tax law, trusts and estates, corporate law, environmental law, intellectual property, communication law, elder law, employment and labor law, entertainment law, health care law, education law, international law, etc. The list of is almost endless.

2. Legal Settings
Lawyers also work in a variety of settings. Some of them are described below.
Private Practice:
The lawyers work in private practice as solo practitioners, in small or “boutique” law firms, in firms that have several hundred lawyers. As usual, they join firms as “associates” and work toward becoming “partners.” Life at a large law firm is influenced by “billable hours.”
In-House:
“In-house” work means that lawyers are employed by a single client or a large corporation. Large companies usually hire one or more lawyers to go through more specific issues. For example, one supervises litigation, another addresses the company’s employment issues, a third lawyer tries to influence legislation related to the company’s business. Also, if in-house lawyers represent only one client, they are not beholden to the “billable hour.”
Government:
The federal government also hire lawyers for different tasks. There are District attorneys, State Attorney Generals, and federal prosecutors who work at the Department of Justice here in D.C. and at U.S. Attorney’s Offices throughout the country and public defenders who represent those who cannot afford an attorney. All of the government representatives also work for the Office of Homeland Security the Environmental Protection Agency, the Security Exchange Commission, the Patent and Trademark Office, the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Similarly, the United States Congress offer many opportunities for lawyers to help pass legislation.
Academia:
Lawyers teach in law schools and colleges. Many of the lawyers get teaching experience first by working as a professor. At the same time they may also work elsewhere full time.

Only some of the legal settings were mentioned in this article. If you want to know more information on the topic, please, visit the link below:

http://www.nalp.org/what_do_lawyers_do

NYC car crash kills 5

An automobile involved in a single-vehicle crash took the lives of five people, including two children. It happened near the Van Wyck Expressway in the Queens borough of NY. 

An SUV flipped over before bursting into flames after it smashed into a concrete pillar, killing three women and two children. The vehicle ended up to a mangled mess.

The driver, with another passenger and a child, were hospitalized.

The witnesses told the Daily News that the vehicle was speeding and blew through two red lights.

“All I saw was headlights,” Ryan Jardine, 24, a motorist traveling north, told the News. “She ran the light, almost hit us and then hit the pole.”

He also added: “We saw the car just hit the pole and it went into a somersault.” “It just started flipping. It was horrible.”

All three women were declared dead, as were an 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.

Firefighters extricated victims with jaws-of-life tools while putting out the fire.

No identifications have been released.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/22/nyc-car-crash-kills-5-including-2-children/

Divorce Rate Falls

United States of America has a very high divorce ratio of 4.19%. It is absolutely clear that the main course of divorce in society is Materialism. Moreover, nobody wants to spend their money on somebody else, even on wives.

Still, you can hear it every day that one in two marriages fails. It is more like an epidemic. But compared to such countries as Aruba, they with the second highest divorce ratio of 5.27%, and Russian Federation with the number one divorce rate of 5.3%, we can admit we are not that bad.

Generally speaking, the picture is not complete. The divorce rate is actually falling in America, thanks to economic changes. The highest rate in divorce came in the postwar period, particularly the 1970s, a time when women entered the workforce in large numbers.

Two-Income Family Model

Betsy Stevenson of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business says that in the mid 50’s everything was just as different. The advantage of marriage came from men being in the workforce, while women specialized in home-making.

Stevenson, an assistant professor of business and public policy, says that nowadays women entered the workforce more. However, the marriages with less stark specialization are much more preferred.

In other words a lot of people prefer to marry the right person for the old model of marriages. After all, it is possible to say we are getting better and the two-income family model prevails.

You may find some additional information here: http://www.top10best.net/2012/03/01/top-10-countries-with-the-highest-divorce-ratio/

Home Alone: Family Law

Everybody understands that it is always wrong to leave an infant home alone while you are out. There is no way you can even do that. And it does not matter even if you out for a quick run, let us say, to the store. But how do we know when a child is old enough?

It’s already known that there aren’t many laws to guide parents who are unsure if their children are old enough to stay home alone. Just imagine! 15 million children in the United States are home alone after school every day…

State Laws on When a Child is Old Enough to be Alone

Some state laws vary quite a bit, some don’t. For example, Texas does not set a minimum age of a child to able to stay home alone. Others, such as Oregon, set a minimum age of 10 years. In Maryland it is not allowed to leave a child under the age of 8 alone at home or even in a car. There are also states where a minimum age is set for babysitters as well. Anyway, it is always better to contact the state department of health if you are not sure about the law in your state. By the way, it is always the right decision to contact the child services agency for information on that.

Parents Must Supervise Their Children

You are responsible for supervising your child. You cannot simply leave your child home alone. What if something happens, such as a fire or an injury? Of course, you might get a visit from the police. In many states, child neglect is a crime. Usually it is a misdemeanor. Guess what happens next? Right! You could even go to jail if you’re found guilty. So there’s always a way to solve the problem. Make sure that a child who is left home alone is prepared for emergencies.

Family Lawyer Can Help

The law of leaving a child home alone is complicated and when something goes wrong it gets even more complex. And if you have any questions you should definitely contact a family law lawyer.

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