9 Tips to Help Employers Avoid Violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act
Wage and hour law is complex. Compliance is challenging, and although a company may have systems and policies in place, a manager or supervisor can put the company at risk for unpaid wages if they are not familiar with all of the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). There can be ambiguity as to what time is compensable. For example, when does a work day begin and end? Does … Read More
Is That Job Right For You Or Are You Right For That Job?
Jobs are becoming more plentiful in our recovering economy. Potential employees may have the luxury of selecting between alternate jobs or may pass on a job with the expectation that a better one will come next. People may no longer have to take the first job that comes their way in order to put food on the table. And, if someone needs a job, sometimes that job offer may not be the right one.
Before accepting a … Read More
Guidelines to Dealing with Children During Your Divorce
Divorce is not just stressful on the parents, but can also create a great deal of uncertainty and confusion in your children. The behavior of parents before and after divorce has a critical impact on the emotional adjustment of their children. The following guidelines should be helpful:
Put your children's welfare first. Never use your children as a weapon against your spouse.
Be sure your … Read More
How do I 'Take Title' When Acquiring Real Estate?
While it is true that you most often cannot tell much about a book by its title, the same does not hold true when it comes to real estate, as how title is held to real estate, does tell you a lot. The question faced by a person acquiring real estate in Arizona concerning how they wish to take title is usually posed to them by their real estate agent or by the title company during the escrow process. & … Read More
How Does Debt Work in a Divorce?
Divorce includes the division of assets and debts. Frequently, it is easier to divide assets than to divide debts. Both credit (including store) cards and mortgages present unique problems when divorcing.
Creditors, such as banks and lending institutions, are not bound by the terms and conditions of a divorce decree and property settlement agreement. The third party lender considers both borrowers to be … Read More
Dot Sucks: A Battle Between Trademark Rights and Free Speech
When the organization responsible for assigning domain names announced several years ago that it would expand the generic top level domain name system from the previous 21 to an unlimited number, brand owners knew their legal budgets would have to be increased to protect their trademarks from cybersquatters in this new terrain. Brand owners lobbied against the change, but despite its non-profit status, ICANN … Read More
New Arizona Anti-Deficiency Laws Clarify Intent to Utilize
Arizona anti-deficiency laws were recently amended by the Arizona legislature and will become effective January 1, 2015. Previously, the two laws, A.R.S. § 33-729 and A.R.S. § 33-814, generally provided that a loan secured by a parcel of property of 2½ acres or less, which is utilized as a one or two family dwelling, is not subject to a deficiency claim if the fair market value of … Read More
Arizona's Minimum Wage Increased in 2015 with No Change in 2016
As of January 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Arizona increases to $8.05 per hour. In 2006, the Raise the Arizona Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans Act became law. In part it provides for annual increases in the Arizona's minimum wage. Increases to Arizona's minimum wage are based on cost of living increases using the Department of Labor, Consumer Price Index of All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). There … Read More
How Do I Get Out of this Practice?
For years the goal of many young doctors was to gain ownership in their medical practice entity. For many, when the time came for them to "make partner," they signed on the dotted line without fully understanding the legal relationships involved and the consequences if things did not work out as planned.
Now we are in an environment of sharply declining reimbursement rates for physician professional … Read More
Three Important Components of the Family Medical Leave Act
In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), which allows employees time off from their job to bond with their children, care for ill family members, or recover from their own serious health problems — all without fear of losing their job. The FMLA entitles employees to a total of 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period for any of the following: … Read More