Commercial Law

Fast Food Workers, Joined By Other Low Wage Workers, Strike in Record 190 Cities

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Two years after fast food workers in New York walked out of stores and restaurants throughout the city to demand $15 an hour and a union, their movement has grown and changed dramatically. That was evident on December 4, when fast food workers in approximately 190 cities went out on strike, according to organizers—the largest number so far.

In addition, since the “Fight for 15” came at a time of continuing decline in real wages for most Americans, the workers’ demands have triggered new, broad-based campaigns that are winning much higher minimum wages than anyone dreamed possible in many states and localities. Organizers claim that in large part thanks to this spreading campaign, nearly 7 million workers have received significant pay raises.

But the workers’ reliance on direct action, including civil disobedience that started last year and has been part of many protests and strikes since, has also inspired workers from other industries to join in, especially low-wage service workers who are largely interchangeable in the job market.

For example, according to organizers, as workers went out on strike at the super-sized “Rock ‘n Roll McDonald’s” in downtown Chicago during today’s actions, a convenience store clerk at a nearby BP station who had witnessed such protests before walked off his job and joined the fast food workers. Around the country, organizers said that burger cooks and cashiers were joined not only by convenience store workers but also home care aides, airport workers, dollar store and Walmart clerks, federal contract workers and even some adjunct professors.

Employment Law

Black Workers Matter

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Asserting that black lives matter also means that the quality of those lives matters. This report takes its title from the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which was founded following George Zimmerman’s acquittal of murder in the death of black teenager Trayvon Martin.

In the time since, #BlackLivesMatter has served both as an umbrella and a focus point for protest and activism in response to the violent deaths of black people across America at the hands of law enforcement officials. The movement hit a peak in the latter half of 2014 as grand juries failed to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City. The explosion of political protest that arose in Ferguson and other cities has inspired a new wave of activism that goes well beyond the individual cases of these black people who lost their lives.

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Commercial Law

9 Ways to Expand Your Business

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When you have a business there is nearly always one or more ways to expand that are not necessarily expensive – of course, many ways that are more costly. It is a great idea to consult with your business consultants and commercial lawyers and even with your accountant to ensure you don’t overestimate the amount involved and end up struggling to meet other payments and costs.

Here are 9 ways in which you may be able to expand, depending on your business model: –

  • Go online. Having a website will take your business to the next level, since these days so many people spend their time online. Your website must be responsive so it is easy to read on a small screen because people go online with their iPhones as much as a computer. You can have a landing page to harvest email addresses, or sales pages that enable customers to buy their goods directly from your business 24/7. If your website is international, make sure the goods you offer are allowed in other countries.
  • Import goods from other countries to sell. If your business sells goods, purchasing stock from other countries may mean you can offer a wider variety of goods that are not available locally. Many people love the goods that are available overseas. Be sure to follow the import/ laws of your own and the other country.
  • Export your goods. Sending goods overseas can also mean an expansion in your data base and you can easily take orders through your website. Make sure you only export what is allowed in the destination country.

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Family Law

12 Tips to Get Through a Divorce Without Going Crazy

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There is no doubt about it, divorce is a stressful time, an emotional roller coaster that often makes you feel as if you are going crazy. That is why you will probably need advice from family lawyers to make sure you know exactly what you need to do to facilitate matters and to understand what your rights are.

It is a sad fact that many once happy couples need to seek out a law firm such as Family Lawyers Perth to help with a divorce – and then may think they will never be happy again. But life moves on and you will find as time goes by, you can adapt and have a life of your own once again. It may even be a better life than you had before.

Here are some tips to help you get through that divorce and come out the other side without having gone crazy.

  • When choosing a family lawyer, find a supportive lawyer to advise you and represent you if you need to go to court.
  • When you separate from your spouse, make sure you find a safe place to live. If there was violence, you don’t have to give them your address.
  • If your spouse threatens you, take out an VRO (Violence Restraining Order) against them. Then if they harass you they can be punished for it.
  • Don’t allow your ex to manipulate you by making you feel guilty. It takes two to work on a happy marriage. Know that there is most likely fault on both sides, but that doesn’t matter now. The courts don’t consider fault in any way; they only need to know that the relationship has broken down irretrievably.

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Criminal Law

What Happens if You Get Caught Drink Driving?

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If you have consumed alcohol and then drive a vehicle, you may find yourself on a drink driving charge. For this to happen, you will have been pulled over for a breathalyser test. If you fail the test, you’ll find yourself on the wrong side of the law and will need the help of criminal lawyers. The penalties for drink driving – also known as DUI (Driving Under the Influence) vary from state to state and much depends on the circumstances of the individual case.

How far over the limit you were, whether you were speeding or caused an accident and even the type of vehicle you were driving are all factors that are taken into account at your trial – if it comes to a trial, that is. It may be that you are simply fined and have points taken off your driver’s licence.

As a general rule, the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream of a driver must not be more than 0.05%. However, this may vary if you are a learner driver, on P plates or if you were driving a truck. In the latter case, the amount of alcohol in the blood must be nil.

The penalties for DUI vary depending on –

  • Your age
  • The blood alcohol level (BAC)
  • Type of licence you have
  • If there are any previous DUI convictions
  • If there are any other charges such as speeding
  • The type of vehicle you were driving

As we know, in Australia police can stop any vehicle to test the driver for DUI, whether they suspect you’ve been drinking or not.

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Employment Law

The Movement to End Wage Theft

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Over the last decade, grassroots opposition to Wage Theft has grown dramatically across the country. Wage theft, the illegal underpayment of wages primarily affects the working poor. It is widespread and occurs in various forms and industries. It is estimated that millions of low wage workers annually are not paid at legally required overtime rates, at minimum wages or for total hours worked. In response workers’ rights organizations have engaged in increasingly sophisticated and successful campaigns to strengthen enforcement and make sure that monies due employees are repaid.

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