New York has introduced a bill that would curb the tide of workplace bullying and stop the formation of “toxic” work environments. Workplace bullying has long been a problem in the U.S. with some statistics putting more than 50 percent of workers in the line of fire for harassment and mistreatment.
This week, American Electric Power (AEP) – the nation’s largest power utility – reached a landmark settlement in an air pollution lawsuit that has been ongoing since 1999.
Estelle Margolis, 86, of Westport, Conn., was arrested Tuesday, January 8 for bringing a BB rifle and a box of ammunition to a town meeting. Margolis was charged with a misdemeanor breach of peace, according to Westport police.
On January 4, 2013, Congress approved the first stage of relief funding for states affected by Hurricane Sandy. The package followed a contentious argument within the Republican Party from party leaders like New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York Representative Peter King that the House leadership was more concerned with political gamesmanship than with helping American citizens after a tragedy.
A hurricane leaves behind it physical devastation, emotional turmoil and a ripe breeding ground for lawsuits of all sorts, and Hurricane Sandy is no exception. Lawsuits may happen when individuals feel as though they’ve been wronged by companies’ actions during or after the storm. Insurance companies may try to get out of paying for repairs.
A petition calling for social media background checks to become part of standard hiring procedure has received national attention due to its inspiration, the August 31 shooting rampage at an Old Bridge, New Jersey Pathmark grocery store. The shooting could have been prevented, say the petition’s authors, if the shooter’s employer had looked at his social media pages.
Judicial officials in New York state recently announced a new requirement that lawyers must perform at least 50 hours of pro bono work for clients before receiving their license to practice law. This requirement will take full effect in 2015 and is designed to help fill the legal needs of the poor in New York.
When a car accident involving an attractive young girl, insurance policy regulations, legal issues and her famous comedian brother’s acerbic response all combine, it can create a sensational social media backlash. The events have hit many major news outlets and have shown the power that social media can have when confronted with a sensational story.
I think that it’s safe to assume that when you hear hear the words “code violations” in the context of residential buildings, the typical reaction is of disgust. Your’e probably conjureing up some picture of a slumlord who allows his low income tenants to live in inhuman living conditions. However, if you would ask Ms. Margaret Augenest, an artist who has not paid her Brooklyn landlord rent since 2003, I would bet that you would get a different response.