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You may neglect to take precautions when hiring a contractor, if you hire someone who does not get the project done in a reasonable time and who is not professional and may deliver bad job, as a rule are plain scammers, who seizes the opportunity to make easy money!
Contractor fraud often costs the victim twice at the end, because then you have to pay a legitimate firm again to bring the work up to standard or repair the damage.
Contractor Fraud Definition
Contractor Fraud – illegal business practices committed by firms hired to repair, reform, renovate or build housing and properties. Contractor fraud is typically carried out by smallfirms assuring rapid repairs or upgrades in short times and for lower market prices. The work is usually poor quality, redundant or may even cause damage to previously undamaged parts of a residence. The victim of contractor fraud is often pressured into paying for the work through threats and intimidation.
Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Contractor Fraud
Everybody wants a decent society to live in. We crave clean streets, educated children and a secure ambiance, which is why such measures like Open Container Laws in the United States are conceived. In the U.S. the presence of open containers of alcohol in certain public places is prohibited.
The concept of a public place is defined as a social place, indoor or outdoor, generally open and accessible to people. In this context, public areas such as sidewalks, parks and vehicles restrict the active consumption of alcohol. As a rule, bars and restaurants do not fit in this category.
Underage drinking problem is a major public health issue in the United States. Adolescents want to overcome social anxiety, lower their inhibitions in social situations, reduce stress and worries, increase courage, feelings and power, enhance sexual attractiveness and performance, satisfy the thrill seeking desires through alcohol consumption. This issue became one of the most well known cause of numerous legal disputes.
Alcohol consumption by youth in the United States (also known as underage drinking) is a term used for the concept of alcohol use by anyone under the minimum legal drinking age of 21. A lot of states have a minor in possession (MIP) – criminal offense concerning alcohol and drugs found in possession of minors, although some details regarding punishments vary from state-to-state. Some states provide a very strict strategy towards those who violate the MIP law and prosecute its felons; others have a different point of view about juvenile justice, providing probation by entering a court-ordered diversionary program and offering medical care. It is typically a misdemeanor for anyone under 21 to possess alcohol. Besides the fact that this is the minimum legal age to buy alcohol in all states, details tend to vary.
Everybody wants to be perfect. We persistently tend to achieve success in our careers, have perfect families and flawless appearances. However, what does “perfect” even mean? And how far are you ready to go on this never-ending struggle for physical attractiveness?
Nowadays, tabloids and magazines set unimaginable beauty standards, making average people feel inferior. As a result, beauty industry makes a large amount of money, appealing to our body dissatisfaction through consumerism. Botox is one of the most popular beauty tools, mainly practiced by women of different ages around the world. As a matter of fact, Botox injections jumped 748 percent since 2000, which tells us that contemporary women exhaustively undergo different procedures in order to fix flaws they don’t have. Continue reading →
Discrimination based on color – skin pigment, complexion, shade, or lightness or darkness – is illegal. Color is a separate protected category under Title VII, the primary federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination.
Discrimination based on race and color often overlap. Discrimination because of race means race is the reason, or at least a motivating factor, in an employer’s adverse treatment of an applicant or employee. Discrimination based on race or color can also occur when an employer’s neutral policy or practice disproportionately disadvantages employees of a particular race and there is no legitimate business reason to justify the policy or practice.
An employment policy or practice that applies to everyone, regardless of race or color, can be illegal if it has a negative impact on the employment of people of a particular race or color and is not job-related and necessary to the operation of the business.
Remember! It is unlawful to harass a person because of that person’s race or color!
For law firms, protecting the confidential data of clients any unintended leak of information related to intellectual property or a prominent legal case can be disastrous.
Many lawyers are often asked to safeguard sensitive information, but their ability to do so can be undermined by weak cyber security and determined hackers. If firm’s security is breached, cyber insurance may help protect against subsequent losses.
Key Marsh 2014 Cyber Survey Findings:
79% of respondents in aggregate viewed cyber/privacy security as one of their top 10 risks in their overall risk strategy.
72% said their firm has not assessed and scaled the cost of a data breach based on the information it retains.
51% said that their law firms either have not taken measures to insure their cyber risk (41%) or do not know (10%) if their firm has taken measures.
62% have not calculated the effective revenue lost or extra expenses incurred following a cyber-attack.
The J-1 Visa or Exchange Visitor Program was first implemented in 1961 as part of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. The idea behind this act was to promote the understanding of other cultures by the people of the United States and likewise the understanding of the America culture by people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges.
The J-1 Visa is a non-immigrant, cultural exchange visa issued through the Exchange Visitor Program.
The J-1 classification (exchange visitors) is authorized for those who intend to participate in an approved sponsor program for the purpose of teaching, instructing or lecturing, studying, observing, conducting research, consulting, demonstrating special skills, receiving training, or to receive graduate medical education or training.
Individuals who qualify for J-1 status if sponsored through an accredited Exchange Visitor Program include:
Nobody will deny that sometimes our work makes us bored, to sit up endlessly in the office staring at your computer monitor is not a work we are dreaming about. Everybody dreams of a better life. Have you ever thought about combining working and traveling?
The H-1B Visa can help your dream come true!
Business companies from the U.S. use the H-1B Visa program to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, including, but not limited to: engineers, scientists, or computer programmers ( to see list of all specialty occupations, watch our video below).
Speaking about working immigration, there is an interesting fact that in 2012, there were 165 million non-immigrant admissions to the United States. 473,015 of these admissions were workers in specialty occupations! The H-1B Visa has current annual numerical limit, or cap, of 65,000 visas per fiscal year.
Are you from Australia? Are you a good qualified specialist, but you still can’t find a good and well paid job? Are you tired to run after kangaroos? Have you ever reflected about working in the United States? E-3 Visa is exactly what you need!
Do you know that during 2012, there were 165 million non-immigrant admissions to the United States, and 386,742 of these admissions were E-1 to E-3 Visas.
So, if you are a national of Australia, and want to work in the United States, you need to apply for E-3 Visa, as E-3 Visa is eligible only for nationals of Australia, their spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age. Big advantage of E-3 Visa is the fact that spouses of E-3 visa holders may work in the United States without any restrictions. (Spouse will need to file a I-765 Form, Application for Employment Authorization). Note: Children on an E-3 Visa are not permitted to work!
E-3 Visa is a multiple-entry visa valid for 24 months! Applicants may enter the U.S. up to ten days before the start date of their employment, and may remain in the U.S. for up to ten days after the end of their employment.