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The Rest of the Story: Search for the Truth in Use of Force Cases

The late radio personality Paul Harvey had a famous show called “The Rest of the Story.” Harvey would bait his audience with a cliffhanger story based on sketchy facts, let them reach a conclusion, and then finish it with…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Texas Judge Blocks FMLA Same-Sex Spouse Rule in Four States

The Department of Labor’s same-sex spouse rule under the Family and Medical Leave Act was supposed to go into effect on March 27. At the 11th hour, however, a federal judge in Texas stepped in and preliminarily enjoined…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

March Madness Doesn't Have to Drive Your Workplace Crazy

March Madness is upon us, again, and employers should be taking steps to avoid becoming a casualty of all the hoopla…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law

Are liability waivers that are signed by a parent on behalf of a minor enforceable?

Yes, according to an Order by US District Judge Louise W. Flanagan in Kelly et al v. USA. However, the type of activity that the child is engaged in is critical for this question…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

NC Court of Appeals Sets New Precedent for Employers

Yesterday, in a precedent setting opinion, Gonzalez v. Tidy Maids, Inc. et al., the North Carolina Court of Appeals held that when an employer has accepted a claim for benefits by filing a Form 63 and fails to contest the…more
| Worker’s Compensation

What is Excessive Force? Don’t ask the experts!

We are all very familiar with the recent incidents that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. These two incidents brought to the national spotlight (yet again) the difficult, split-second decision making required by…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury

NC Court of Appeals Rules on Industrial Commission’s Jurisdiction

Case: Bowden v. Young, Coastal Plains Restaurant and First Liberty Insurance Corp., COA14-819, 02/17/2015. - On Tuesday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that the North Carolina Industrial Commission has…more
| Civil Procedure, Worker’s Compensation

Applicant Can’t Claim Religious Bias After Refusing to Give "Mark of the Beast"

Many employers are convinced that the law requires them to accommodate almost every religious belief that an applicant or employee may have. The law actually does not go quite that far. In fact, one federal court of appeals…more
| Civil Rights, Energy & Utilities, Labor & Employment Law

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful! The Down-and-Dirty on Snowy Days and Employee Pay

An employer asked this morning what the “right way” is to handle weather-related attendance issues that were caused by a severe winter storm in its region…more
| Labor & Employment Law

North Carolina Keeps Union-Free Crown

It's official. North Carolina has retained the distinction of being the most union-free state in the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 1.9 percent of workers in the state were members of unions…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Caution: Read (and understand) before signing…contributory negligence bars legal malpractice suit

Under North Carolina law contributory negligence is a complete defense to all types of negligence claims including legal malpractice. Summary judgment is appropriate in NC if a plaintiff is contributory negligent…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice

Warning: Don’t Lose your Right to Contest Medical Treatment

Newly implemented rule (04 NCAC 10A.1001 [Rule 1001]) requires, among other things, that you immediately respond to requests for authorization for surgery and hospitalization. Under this rule, you have only seven days to respond…more
| Insurance

NC Industrial Commission Update: New Form 24 Application Effective 11/1/2014

As of November 1, 2014, defendants must use a new Form 24 Application to adhere to the changes implemented by the Industrial Commission as part of amended Rule 404 of the Workers’ Compensation Rules of the North Carolina…more
| Worker’s Compensation

How to Avoid Pitfalls When Filing Your Form 24 Application

The first three parts in this blog series have addressed situations where defendants may terminate TTD benefits without first securing Industrial Commission approval; situations where Form 24 Applications need to be filed; and…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

PPD Ratings: Schedule of Weeks [Infographic]

For the loss or loss of use of the following member or vision in an eye, the employee is entitled to the corresponding number of weeks of permanent partial disability. If the employee has partial loss of use of that member or…more
| Worker’s Compensation
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