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Can Your Employer Require a COVID Vaccine?

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The coronavirus pandemic has had an undeniable impact on almost every facet of life, both in the country and around the globe. The good news is – things are changing for the better, with the COVID-19 vaccine promising to restore some semblance of normalcy in everyday life. As great as that prospect may be, many people are still skeptical about …

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Who Can Seek Asylum in the United States?

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Asylum is a legal protection afforded to individuals who’ve fled their home country, where they’ve undergone persecution, or have a legitimate fear of getting persecuted if they were to return in the future. It gives them a chance to start a new life in a foreign country. The process of seeking asylum in the US is not as easy as …

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Is Cryptocurrency Safe – Are There Any Legal Protections?

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In a May 2021 press release, the US Treasury Department announced that it had put in place various measures to crack down on fraudulent cryptocurrency transactions. It stated that it would now require individuals or business entities transferring $10,000 or more worth of crypto assets to report those transactions to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). According to the US Treasury, …

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What Is ERCOT – The Texas Power Grid Explained

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ERCOT has come under fire in recent months for the mass power outage experienced in several parts of Texas earlier in the year. According to the grid operator, this widespread outage was attributed to a surge in demand for electricity that resulted from the extreme weather conditions witnessed in the weeks leading up to the blackouts. What is ERCOT, and …

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Worst Industrial Accidents in Texas

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They say everything’s bigger in Texas – and with good reason. The Lone Star state is the second-largest in the country after Alaska, and with a resident population of roughly 29 million, it also happens to be the second most populous state in the nation. Boasting a GDP of $1.7 trillion, Texas has one of the most advanced economies in …

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What Is HIPAA Law?

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Several federal laws govern health insurance. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) happens to be one of them. The Act provides a wide range of protections to millions of workers in the US who have some type of underlying health condition that exposes them to the risk of discrimination, limitation, or exclusion in group health coverage. More often …

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What Does the US Secret Service Do?

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You’ve seen them in the movies. The dapper agents in crisp black suits, dark sunglasses, fancy earpieces, and a stoic superhero demeanor. You can tell they mean business—their mission: To guard the President and his family against any potential threat. But, the mandate of the US Secret Service goes beyond what is usually depicted on TV. The agency employs more …

What are the Federal Rules of Evidence?

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The outcome of a case ultimately boils down to the strength of the evidence presented. This statement sums up why evidence is so important in civil and criminal trials. It is the only way a judge in a bench trial or jury can establish a defendant’s liability or guilt. The Federal Rules of Evidence were established to govern the way ...

How Did the Colonial Pipeline Get Hacked and Who’s Next?

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On April 29, 2021, hackers gained access to the Colonial Pipeline Co. IT network. The security breach, which took down the country’s largest fuel pipeline, caused widespread gas shortages across the East Coast. The cause: a single compromised password. How did the Colonial pipeline get hacked, and could it happen again? Here’s everything you need to know. Who Owns Colonial …

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What Is the Defense Base Act (DBA)?

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If you or a loved one has suffered injuries while working in a foreign country supporting the military, you may be entitled to compensation under the Defense Base Act (DBA). The law is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) and is designed to compensate any injured civilian deployed overseas under a US government contract. This …