August 2018 Archives

Nannies and domestic workers often face wage theft

For many, finding a job right out of high school or college is not part of the plan. Some choose to find work that provides a different kind of experience than the usual retail or corporate world offers. Being a nanny is one attractive way to earn money and gain experience for those who love children and may be considering a career in education or child care. However, it is not always easy to find a family that knows and is willing to follow the laws that protect nannies from wage theft.

Victims file mass torts claim against voyeur

The legal system allows more than one plaintiff to join in a single action called a class action or mass tort lawsuit. When many people in Tennessee think of mass torts cases, they likely think of consumers or employees suing large companies for unfair treatment since many such cases receive a lot of press. However, that is not always the case, and one lawsuit in another state involves numerous people seeking restitution from a single person.

Advisor duties depend on ERISA requirements

Over 90 percent of those polled in Tennessee and across the country agree that a financial advisor should act in the best interests of his or her clients just as a doctor or lawyer does. Physicians and attorneys take oaths promising to uphold the best interests of those who entrust them with their medical or legal issues, but financial advisors do not. Because an appellate court recently overturned the Department of Labor attempts to clarify the role of advisors under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, also called ERISA, many may wonder how to protect themselves.

Potential expansion of asbestos use highlights cancer risk

For decades, scientists and medical professionals have known there is a link between asbestos exposure and deadly cancers. Mesothelioma, in particular, is often linked with asbestos exposure. Many people end up exposed through work or by a loved one who works with asbestos. Many years or decades after exposure, people end up very sick and facing potentially staggering medical bills for care that may extend, but not truly save, their lives.

Wage and hour dispute clarifies trivial time off the clock

People spend a few minutes doing little things all day long. At the end of the day, they often wonder where the time went. A little time spent waiting for traffic lights, watching commercials or playing just one more game on one's phone adds up to many minutes or even hours. If a Tennessee worker spends the day doing tasks that take just a few minutes, it may not be such a big deal, unless those tasks are completed off the clock. One state has clarified a wage and hour dispute regarding off-the-clock assignments at a national coffee chain.

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