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What is casual racism in the workplace?

Though overt racism does still happen from time to time in the workplace, it is far more common to experience casual racism. Workers and employers understand that the overt racist beliefs held in the past are now illegal; whether they feel that way or not, they're far less likely to act on their feelings.

Casual racism, though, still permeates a lot of workplaces and can lead to some very serious issues. How is this different?

Parallel parenting in a high-conflict divorce

More than likely, you had a good reason why you and your future former spouse decided to end your marriage. Perhaps your relationship degraded to the point where you can't even be in the same room together without arguing. Even though you may mourn the loss of what you once had, you may be excited to begin the next phase of your life without your ex-spouse.

The one thing keeping you from enjoying life without your ex is your children. Regardless of the state of your relationship, you still need to deal with your ex-spouse because of them. When you hear about people co-parenting, you probably cringe. The last thing you can envision is having to spend time with the other parent, even if it is for the sake of the children.

Wage garnishment is a drastic step for serious support issues

During your divorce, the court orders your spouse to pay child support. Your child lives with you all of the time. Your ex pays for a short time and then, as you feared, stops making the payments.

You know that this is a violation of the court order. You also know that wage garnishment is sometimes used to force parents to pay. Can you use it in this situation?

2 reasons couples live together after divorce

The reality is that most couples stop living together before or during a divorce. In many cases, one spouse moves out as soon as the couple decides to get divorced, knowing that it takes months for the legal process to play out but also knowing that they can move forward with their own decision before that.

However, some couples take the opposite route. They keep living together while getting divorced, and then they even stay in the same home after the divorce. They're not obligated to do so. Legally, they're no longer connected in any way. But they make that choice. Why would they do so?

Your business plan should be a road map

When you make a business plan, it sets up how you want to run your business and what goals you have. This is a critical part of starting a new business, especially if you are signing a contractual agreement with one or more business partners and you want to make sure everyone is on the same page.

One way to think of this plan is like a road map. It helps you know where you want to go and gives you directions for the future. With your eyes on that goal, the specific steps you take along the way may change. Maybe the market shifts or a new product does better than expected or you end your relationship with that business partner.

Do you need a financial reality check before you divorce?

If you are contemplating divorce, you likely have a vision for how you expect your post-divorce life to be. Perhaps you imagine a kind of freedom your marriage lacked or you hope to rejoin the dating scene. Unfortunately, the reality of life after divorce does not always match what people anticipate.

Money is one important factor that complicates the dreams of many New Yorkers who are getting divorced. Your financial situation may be quite different from the stability you may have enjoyed during your marriage. It is critical to prepare for this before signing the final papers and to fight for a fair division of your assets.

Common employee wage complaints

When employees start a new job, it's safe to say that they spend a fair amount of time thinking about their wages. Is that salary enough to pay the bills? Do they like the idea of earning overtime pay? How does the pay compare to similar jobs, especially when considering a total compensation package that may also include things like investments, health insurance benefits and much more?

As such, when something goes wrong with the pay, they're very quick to complain. They count on those bi-weekly paychecks. They depend on getting every last cent and getting it on time. Some of the most common complaints include:

  • Not getting paid as much as they were entitled to for a set period
  • Not getting paid extra for overtime when they deserved it
  • Not getting paid properly for their vacation time
  • Not getting paid on time at all
  • Being paid differently than other employees

Why would you use lump-sum alimony?

Alimony payments are typically made every month, just like child support payments. The idea is that one spouse would have supported the other if they stayed married, and that support would pay the monthly bills. The alimony allows the other person not to fall into dire financial straights after the divorce.

However, you do not always have to do it this way. In some cases, you can opt to use a lump sum instead of the monthly payments. Why would you do this?

New York step parents have few rights after a divorce

When people marry into a "ready-made" family, they often become important to the children of that family. The reputation of step-parents, in general, is unfavorable. However, these unique individuals invest a multitude of love and heart into their new families. If divorce becomes imminent, step-parents may lose what matters the most: Their time and contact with the kids they have come to know and love.

All of our attorneys agree that these situations are tragic in so many different ways. Losing contact is devastating to the step-parent and in most cases to the involved children as well. Courts across the nation try to look out for the best interests of the children of divorce. However, the rights of step-parents (and step-children) may fall by the wayside.

Helping employers remain compliant with employment law

Recently, workers in New York and other American cities have become very sensitive about their employment rights. While it is wonderful to see people from all walks of life standing up for their rights, employers are having a hard time complying with employment law.

In the vast majority of cases, employers do not mean to violate anyone's rights. The truth of the matter is that employment law has become much more complex than it was in decades past. Busy business owners are struggling to meet their own needs at the same time that they are trying not to violate any laws.

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