As 2016 comes to a close, we at Legal Blogger reflect upon our favorite blog topics of December. We have a wide variety of clients with different needs. One of the things we enjoy most about our business is writing about new developments in the law. Of course, we also enjoy blogging about our areas of expertise. We list some of our December favorites below:
Changes in the requirements for White Collar Overtime Exemption.
Did you know white collar overtime regulations were last updated in 2004? Neither did we! An update was scheduled to take place December 1, 2016. However, that update was put on hold when a federal court issued a preliminary injunction in response to an Emergency Motion filed by the state of Nevada and 20 other states.
Legal Blogger first wrote about the expected changes for a client who handles government contracts. Next, when a federal court issued an injunction, Legal Blogger provided a subsequent post within 24 hours of the ruling.
Changes in fall protection standards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule updating the fall protection standards. The update incorporates national consensus standards, industry best practices, and advances in technology. By implementing the changes, OSHA estimates the prevention of an additional 29 fatalities and 5,842 days of lost work because of injury. Legal Blogger wrote about this for a lawyer who handles workers’ compensation claims. (Note how we know where the apostrophe belongs in “workers’ compensation”!)
The unreliability of presumptive drug test kits.
Most law enforcement agencies rely on a presumptive drug test kit to screen for narcotics on the streets. These presumptive tests involve introducing a suspected controlled substance into various liquid chemicals. If the suspected substance is an illegal narcotic, the liquid changes color. However, unbeknownst to most lawyers, both prosecution and defense, other, legal substances may also result in a color change. As a result, lawyers shouldn’t allow a client to plead guilty without a confirmatory drug test. Legal Blogger wrote about these test kits for a criminal defense attorney client.
What to expect blogs.
Finally, some of our favorite blogs of December include “What to expect” type blogs. For example, we have blogged about what to expect when testifying, how a case could resolve, why divorce mediation works, what happens in a social security disability hearing, and how to maintain a personal injury diary. We have clients in many areas of the law. Because we have practiced law, we write these blogs with authority. From family law attorneys, to social security disability lawyers, to personal injury attorneys, we enjoy blogging about the law for our clients.
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