Daily Archives: February 7, 2013 - 5 results


Few Legal Protections for Domestic Workers

The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 did not include basic labor protections for household workers like nannies, caregivers and cleaners. Almost 80 years later, almost all domestic workers are still unprotected. Domestic workers are not covered by federal minimum wage laws or the minimum wage laws of most states. Generally, these workers are not eligible for unemployment insurance or protected by antidiscrimination or workers’ compensation laws. A 2012 survey found that 23 percent of domestic workers made less than …

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In the Supreme Court: DUI Blood Test Without a Warrant [Radio]

The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether police can draw blood from a DUI suspect without the driver’s permission and without a search warrant. In this WBAP Radio 820 AM/ 96.7 FM, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas interview, Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine discusses Missouri v. McNeely.   Outside Cape Girardeau, Mo., police stopped trucker Tyler McNeely for speeding. He was physically unstable, had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol, failed the field sobriety tests and refused the breathalyzer test. This would have been …

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Smokers Could Pay Big Bucks For Obamacare

Waiting for Obamacare to bring affordable and comprehensive insurance to the masses? Consumers who enjoy the sweet, sweet drag of an American Spirit or Marlboro Red might be waiting in vain. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which will mandate that nearly everybody carry health insurance starting next year, will allow insurers to charge smokers at a rate of up to 1.5 times what their non-smoking peers pay. The increased premium could mean that older smokers could see bills …

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Your Salary Information Can Be Sold to Debt Collectors

Think your salary is a closely kept secret between you, your boss and your tax attorney? Think again. Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting companies, has created a massive database that contains workers’ salaries and employment information — some of which is sold to debt collectors, according to an NBC News report. The personal disclosures come through the Work Number, an Equifax company that solicits employers for human resources information like employment history, compensation and other data. The …

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Posted 1 year ago in Bankruptcy Consumer Law by Michele Bowman  
FastBucks Files for Bankruptcy, Still Making High-Interest Loans

Known by many names – short-term loan, check-cashing, or payday loan businesses – companies that provide very-high-interest loans to consumers are not regulated in the same way as banks. But in New Mexico, one such company has found itself in hot water with the state.    Business As Usual Three years ago, the New Mexico Attorney General’s office accused FastBucks of violating the state’s unfair business practice law by ripping people off with its high-interest loans, which can reach almost …

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