Is Arbitration Good or Bad for Employees?

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Answer: Bad. This question is often debated among attorneys, judges and arbitrators. Judges like arbitration because they’re chronically overworked. For instance, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California had the honor of being the second busiest federal district court in the entire country, with 11,585 civil Share this post: on Twitter on…

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A Selection of Interesting Articles from Legal Blogs Around the World

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Peter Black’s blog, Freedom to Differ, recently hosted a weekly editorial roundup of interesting articles from legal blogs around the world. Peter Black is a law lecturer at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. His blog focuses on happenings in the area of internet and media law. I was honored to have two of my…

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Lofty Literacy Levels Leave Legions Lost

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So my blog has scored a literacy level of “Junior High School”. Would it surprise you if I told you I am doing my darnedest to make this blog as easy to read as possible? As a trial lawyer, my goal is to communicate. Communicate to the judge. Communicate to the jury. Communicate to opposing…

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Why Legal Blogs Should Be Your First Stop

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Legal blogs, or “blawgs” as they are sometimes called, can be a powerful legal research tool for those of you who haven’t gone to law school. Many blawgs make a special effort to reach out to non-lawyers by talking in a language “normal” people can understand. Heaven knows, many lawyers are far from normal. These…

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Can My Employer Break My Employment Contract? Can I? (2018)

By Eugene Lee | 49 Comments

Whenever it comes to contracts, the answer is always the same: it depends on what the contract says. A contract is a contract is a contract. Neither you nor your employer can breach a contract without facing the consequences. That is, unless the contract says it’s ok. This is why it is so important that…

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U.S. FMLA/CFRA Leave Lags Far Behind Rest of World

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I just saw Michael Moore’s movie “Sicko“. I’m aware of all the criticisms that have been leveled at Moore. I will admit some of Moore’s heavy-handed methods in Sicko did irk me. But putting that aside, Sicko still makes a valid and important point. The American Dream has gone off its rails and the broken…

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US Workers: Overworked, Underpaid & Left Behind

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. An article on CNN’s website notes Americans work harder than almost all workers in the rest of the world. Boston College economist Juliet Schor, author of “The Overworked American“, has called the U.S. “the world’s standout workaholic nation.” According to Schor, average working…

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Free Legal Forms Meet Web 2.0

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Most free legal forms you find on the web are about as good as you might expect for something that’s free – that is, not too good. That’s about to change. At DocStoc.com, users upload their own forms and agreements and share them with the rest of the world. Available documents include leases, independent contract…

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And the Winner for Most Popular Discrimination Complaint in the US Is . . .

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Ever wonder what the most popular discrimination complaint in the US is? According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the answer is racial discrimination / racial harassment. Following close behind are 2. sex discrimination / sexual harassment, 3. retaliation for making a discrimination complaint and 4. disability discrimination. I’ve created the below chart from discrimination…

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Can I Tape Record My Boss? (2018)

By Eugene Lee | 28 Comments

Here’s a question I hear every now and then from clients. The answer is: generally, no, you can not legally tape record conversation with your boss or anyone else without their permission or consent. In other words, you can’t do what the FBI does on TV when they put a wire on a snitch and…

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