When born in a hospital, a baby is routinely given a hepatitis B shot, a vitamin K injection and an application of ointment in the eyes. In all states, a parent can refuse these treatments. It is best to use a waiver signed...more
Whether or not your landlord can raise your rent depends on a number of variables, including the terms of your agreement and where you live. But here are some general guidelines....more
People, often women, illegally in the United States can feel that they must choose between lives of abuse or, if they report a crime, the threat of deportation. As a result, many illegal immigrants suffer silently rather...more
No. In every state, your health care provider must provide you with a copy of your medical records if you ask for them....more
Since passage of the original Violence Against Women Act in 1994, reported incidents of violence against women in the United States have decreased by an impressive two-thirds.
Still, violence against women remains a...more
During the recession, many middle-wage jobs were lost and replaced with lower-paid work. Many of these jobs pay the minimum wage, which is set at $7.25 an hour by federal law....more
In a divorce, assets and debts accrued during the marriage are divided. The most valuable marital asset is usually the house. The largest debt is usually the mortgage. Deciding what happens to the house is often complicated...more
For police to legally search your car, a number of circumstances must be met. Because it is mobile and comparatively easy to dispose of, a car has fewer protections against search than a home. Your permission or a valid...more
At the beginning of 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, averting the dreaded “fiscal cliff” and making significant changes to U.S. tax law.
While the top 1 percent of taxpayers will...more
Being arrested or detained by the police is a frightening experience. Here are a few things you should know.
An arrest occurs when a law enforcement officer takes you into custody and you are not free to go. If you are...more
A compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts has been linked to the outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis caused by contamination of steroid injections commonly used for back and neck pain...more
Healthcare flexible spending accounts are an employee benefit by which workers can set aside a certain amount of their salary, pre-tax, to use for healthcare costs. Some 33 million American workers currently take advantage of...more
Each decade has its “dangerous dog.” In the 1970s, it was Doberman pinschers. In the 1980s, it was German shepherds. In the 1990s, it was Rottweilers. Today, it’s pit bull terriers.
Pit bulls were bred, originally in...more
At one time, parenting was a lot simpler. All parents had to worry about was their child’s behavior in school, on the playground or around the dinner table. Children lived in protected, limited universes and interactions were...more
Women are the primary or co-primary earners in two-thirds of American households. Their income is essential to the well-being of their families. Many of these women get pregnant. In spite of evidence that shows that pregnancy...more
Each year, 3.5 million Americans will experience homelessness. On a given night, 636,000 individuals are homeless. Of this number, 40 percent will be “unsheltered.” They will have no place to stay, not even a homeless...more