Holiday Roundup: Shopping, Safety, Family & Employment

Posted November 16, 2010 in Current Events by

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us. The first half of November has flown by, Thanksgiving is less than 10 days away, Hanukkah begins in about two weeks and Christmas isn’t far behind. You might not associate legal problems with such feel-good holidays, but this season can bring with it an array of legal issues.

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Be a Smart Consumer

At the risk of sounding cliche, it’s the season of giving. But that doesn’t mean you should be blindly generous. Before shopping, do your research. Comparison shop, look at product reviews and investigate return policies. Know that thieves take advantage of the holiday season. Don’t leave gifts in plain view in your car, watch your wallet and investigate charities before handing over a donation.

Safety at Home & on the Road

Whether you’re hopping in the car to drive to Grandma’s house or flying across the country, the holiday travel crush and winter weather can bring all sorts of travel woes. New security rules at airports mean you should spend a little extra time preparing – know what you can pack and what you can carry on. You’ll also want to safeguard your loved ones by taking the time to winterize your car before driving in foul weather. And don’t think that safety begins when you pull out of the driveway. Keep your home and your guests safe, too, during the holiday season.

Family Issues

The holidays can be tough for kids whose parents have split. As a parent, don’t make it any more difficult on them. Try not to let long-simmering disputes with your ex come to a head, and don’t punish your kids by keeping them from seeing or talking to their other parent.

Employment Issues

In a season that’s meant to be joyous, jobs can cause a lot of headaches. Maybe you asked for time off for religious celebrations and your request was denied. Or maybe you’ve found yourself scheduled for the Christmas night shift with no extra compensation. It can pay to know your rights under the law. And if your workplace throws a holiday party, enjoy yourself but be careful. Many a career has been damaged after someone had a bit too much fun at the office celebration.