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How do I know if I have been wrongfully terminated?

Working for a company for any amount of time means that you put a lot of love, sweat, tears and time into your job. No one wants to be let go of a job. People want to leave on their own terms, not when the company says it's time. A lot of times, being let go can fall under the wrongful termination category. This is when the law comes into play. So, how do you know when you've been wrongfully terminated?

You might've been terminated illegally if any of the following apply to your situation:

  • Firing as part of sexual harassment
  • The firing violated any state or federal laws against discrimination
  • The firing violated written or oral agreements regarding employment
  • The firing was retaliatory because you filed a complaint of any kind against your employer
  • The firing occurred in violation of labor laws or collective bargaining agreements

Important tips for writing an effective small business plan

A business plan is the foundation that every single business is built on in the corporate world. No business can be successful without a strong business plan. The plan will help guide you through the difficult stages of starting and then managing your business. This plan is shown to investors so they know what type of return on their investment they will see. Here are some tips for writing an effective business plan.

Every strong business plan has an executive summary and a description of the business. The summary is used to explain what the company is and why it will be a successful venture. This portion of the plan should also include the mission statement of the company. The description should offer a detailed explanation about the company.

Hide and seek is not a game when it concerns assets in divorce

The end of a marriage can be a stressful and daunting experience for everyone involved. If you and your spouse decide to take separate paths moving forward, you may have concerns about how your current circumstances could affect your future.

While you may be eager to open a new chapter in life, rushing through a divorce can be detrimental in numerous ways. The process of property division will have an impact on your finances, and taking the time to identify and value all marital assets can not only help prepare you for negotiations, but it may also help uncover any assets that you might be unaware of.

How to choose a divorce attorney in New York

Hearing your spouse utter the word divorce can be devastating, even if you knew in your heart that the marriage was coming to an end. You've given so much of your life to this person, the relationship and possibly your children. No matter how long the marriage lasted, it is still difficult to accept that it is ending. Here are some tips for choosing a divorce attorney in New York.

When you begin your search for a divorce attorney it's always best to seek referrals from trusted people in your life. They should come from family members or friends who have recently gone through a divorce. These referrals will make it easier when choosing an attorney because you will get an honest opinion of the work that was performed.

New York Attorney General to investigate Weinstein Company

An inquiry has been opened into the Weinstein Company by the Attorney General of New York, Eric T. Schneiderman. The inquiry seeks to determine if the claims made against the company's co-founder, Harvey Weinstein, are broad-ranging and show violations of civil rights and gender discrimination.

A subpoena was sent to the company on Oct. 23 by the Civil Rights Bureau of the Attorney General's Office. The subpoena is requesting a plethora of documents that include hiring and firing, promotions and informal and formal complaints of age or gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

Common legal remedies for contract disputes

Being involved in a contract dispute can be overwhelming, stressful and a lengthy process. Contract disputes are all too common and occur in just about every industry. There are various reasons for a contract dispute to occur, including failing to deliver on agreed upon items, missing deadlines and more. Here are some legal remedies used when faced with contract disputes.

One of the most common legal remedies used in a contract dispute is that of restitution. Restitution is ordered by a court after a case is heard between the plaintiff and the defendant (violator of the contract). The court will order the person who breached the terms of the contract to repay the plaintiff a specific amount of money.

Topics to discuss before saying

If you are getting ready to take a walk down the aisle in New York,, there are a couple of important topics you should discuss with your future spouse before saying "I do." These topics are very important because they could crop up again down the road if you were to file for divorce.

How will you handle finances as a married couple? Will both people work? One of the most common reasons for divorce is money. Is one person a spender and the other a saver? This can be a difficult combination to blend once you are married. Discussing the finances for marriage prior to saying "I do" is very important.

Pre-divorce cooperation may result in more positive outcome

If you are like most people in New York, you don't have a budget. Maybe this has worked well for you if adequate money comes in at a good pace and you have minimal expenses. However, this is rarely the case, and most households pay their bills and let the future take care of itself. Unfortunately, raising a family without a budget often ends badly when emergencies or other expenses take you by surprise. Planning ahead is always the best way to prevent such financial disasters.

As important as a budget is for married couples, if you are approaching divorce, that budget may be your lifeline. The first step to creating a budget is understanding how much money comes in and how much goes out. This includes both your income and expenses and those of your spouse, as well as your total household expenses. What you may soon realize is that, without each other's help, you may both be facing years of financial hardship after the divorce.

Your business is on the line during a divorce

It is nice to know that, despite media reports painting a picture of gloom, most marriages do not end in divorce. In fact, the most recent analysis of data shows the opposite, that divorce rates are declining. However, this news may not console you if you are in the minority whose marriage is coming to an end. You are likely full of questions and concerns about your future and what you can do to protect your interests.

If these interests include a business, your concerns may be on many fronts. The business is not only the result of your hard work and investment of time and money, it is also likely your source of income and perhaps the income of your employees. If you did not take precautions to guard against it, your business may become just another marital asset, subject to division during divorce proceedings. A divorce may place that business in jeopardy.

Do I have to wear a medical device provided by an employer?

As an employee, you depend on each and every one of your coworkers to keep the wheels on the wagon for your operation. Many businesses looking to strengthen their core teams are now offering employees a variety of wearable devices that can help improve overall health and performance, but not all employees are ready to get on board with wearable medical devices, known as wearables.

An employer who offers employees tools to help them take good care of themselves is not only altruistic, it makes good business sense. Healthier employees generally perform at higher levels of excellence than sick or injured employees, after all. However, there are definitely limits to what an employer can require in the workplace. Even if an employer incentivizes you as an employee to use wearable health care devices, the employer cannot require you to do so as a qualification of your employment. Employees must use wearables voluntarily, in general.

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