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Blog Posts in 2012

  • Emerging LGBT Employment Rights

    Unfortunately, LGBT individuals are still not truly protected under Federal and/or state employment laws. LGBT individuals are not able to advance claims of discrimination based upon their sexual orientation, as sexual orientation is not a protected class of individuals under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related acts. However, successful claims of sexual discrimination have ...
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  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia

    As of August 15, 2012, many undocumented residents of the United States who entered as child immigrants may be eligible for protection under a portion of the proposed Dream Act's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This will put a hold on deportation proceedings and allow the individual to seek work authorization. You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you: ...
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  • Obligations of Private Businesses to Pregnant Individuals in the Public

    Molly, an expectant mother, decided to go to an amusement park with her children. The amusement park has metal detectors which are meant to detect items prohibited from the park. Molly, ever conscious of her developing future child, does not want to go through the metal detector because she does not want to risk damaging the development of her future baby. However, the amusement park does not have ...
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  • 10th Circuit Ruling may make relief accessible for fearful immigrants

    Does A Tenth Circuit Ruling Make Relief Accessible? The Tenth Circuit recently reviewed the requirement of social visibility set out in cases such as Matter of S-E-G-, 24 I&N Dec. 579 (BIA 2008) for applicants for asylum or withholding of removal. Immigration decisions have consistently interpreted social visibility very strictly. Connection to a social group may seem vague to some courts and ...
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  • Economy affecting Immigration Status

    How H1-Bs can protect their status when laid off. The economy has not left anyone untouched by its dramatic impact. Stories of banking crises, bailouts, rising unemployment, plummeting securities and housing prices, rising inflation, rising gas and food prices, recession, depression, and laid off of foreign employees in the US abound. Among the many worries of foreign national workers in the US on ...
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  • Real Estate Blues

    Make certain your home stays free and clear from encumbrances. A mechanic lien is a claim against property for the value of services provided to a property owner with respect to that property. The most common instances that give rise to mechanic liens tend to involve home improvement services provided by a contractor or subcontractor. If the property owner contracts for certain services with a ...
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  • What Posters are you legally required to post for your employees?

    Check out the First Step Poster Adviser on the Department of Labor's website to find out the posters you must conspicuously post for your employees and the consequences if you, as an employer, do not. Posters are available in English and Spanish.
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  • Employer News

    Employee Wage and Hour Violations on the rise. The IRS and the Department of Labor have teamed up in a new bill named the Taxpayer Responsibility, Accountability, and Consistency Act of 2009 ( H.R. 3408 ). This bill allows for "independent contractors" to petition the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for a determination of whether they are properly classified as independent contractors or if they ...
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  • Divorce

    Divorce: Before you say I do, Ensure you can say I don't A proposed law: House Bill 2279, will limit divorces under the incompatibility provision, stating a divorce should not be granted if there are living minor children in the marriage, the parties have been married 10 years or longer or if either party files a written objection to the divorce. Click here for more information. If this law ...
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  • Will v. Trust

    Michael Jackson's case In July, Michael Jackson's will was filed in the probate court. It was surprising, actually, that someone with his assets died with only a will. In fact, it is common for those with extensive property like Mr. Jackson or even just a home, to create a living trust so that their assets will pass to their heirs without the cost and delay of a probate proceeding. There are ...
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  • Preparation for an immigration interview

    Here in Oklahoma City many immigrants may think they know how to effectively represent themselves. This may be true, but immigrants should understand that statements they make at their personal interview may get them barred from the United States for many years, or even for a lifetime. This is because Immigration is altogether different from any type of other legal proceeding a person may ...
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  • Immigration: TPS Status Granted to Haitians in US

    According to NewsWeek,"In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, pressure is intensifying on the Obama administration to grant temporary protected status (TPS) to undocumented Haitians living in the U.S. TPS, which is aimed at illegal immigrants who cannot return home safely due to natural and man-made disasters, would allow an estimated 30,000 Haitians to remain in the country for a defined ...
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  • Workplace Discrimination Takes Many Shapes

    Discrimination in the workplace is illegal and can take many forms such as in hiring, promotions, termination and many other aspects of employment relationship. Protections are provided under certain laws when the discrimination is on the basis of a person's race, gender, national origin, religion, disability, or age, or there is retaliation against an individual for opposing such practices. ...
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  • Employment Laws - There to Protect You

    Finding a good employment lawyer in Oklahoma City can be challenging. In today's economy, it's becoming increasingly common for employers to abuse employee rights as they look for ways to cut costs. Strong legal representation is paramount to winning a legal battle. Employees face everything from employee discrimination, to sexual harassment, to unpaid overtime and wages, and wrongful termination. ...
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  • 7 Things to Consider When Finding a Family Law Attorney in Oklahoma City

    If you're about to enter a divorce or family law proceeding in Oklahoma, there are a few important things to consider. Any parent who is engaged in any dealings of family law often encounters an emotionally and often financially draining experience. These high emotional costs and financial risks associated with family law require good legal representation. How does one find a good divorce lawyer, ...
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