Archive for July 2012

Can your employer make you be on-call 24/7?

Can your employer make you be on-call 24/7?
They can, and unfortunately, they don’t have to pay you unless you get called in. There are employers who regularly have employees on this type of on-call “schedule.” It sucks. Some don’t even have any regular hours. They’re just on call, all the time. It’s a terrible way to treat employees. This is one of... Read more »

HIPAA privacy violations: There’s not much you can do about it

HIPAA privacy violations: There’s not much you can do about it
If your doctor shares private medical information about you, they might have violated privacy laws, but there might not be much you can do about it. HIPAA is a law that says doctors and other health care providers can share your personal medical information only in certain situations. They can share information with other doctors... Read more »

And I thought I was a dumb teenager

And I thought I was a dumb teenager
I recently got together with some friends from high school.  We are all now 40, most of us married with kids.  Something about being with your high school buddies makes you revert back to your old behavior.  This particular time we were more talking immaturely than acting out immaturely, but we did reminisce about some... Read more »
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Adrian Peterson Is Wasting Money

Adrian Peterson Is Wasting Money
NFL star running back Adrian Peterson was charged a week ago with a misdemeanor for resisting arrest in Houston.  When that is the only charge (or something like “disorderly conduct”) it’s often a sign that the police had nothing legit to charge you on, but wanted to arrest you.  I have no idea if that... Read more »

15 Best Photos I’ve Never Used

Every time I write a post I try to add a funny photo, mostly to amuse myself, but also to hopefully make the post more interesting.  I’ve seen some good pics over the years that I haven’t been able to use.  Here are some of my favorites.

“My lawyer is some Jew downtown”

When people call me looking for Illinois legal help I encourage them to be open and honest with me.  The more open and honest they are with me, the easier it is for me to answer their questions and recommend a lawyer for their case.  Everything we talk about is confidential and their openness can... Read more »
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Five ways to avoid scummy lawyers

Five ways to avoid scummy lawyers
Other than politicians (seriously, who in their right mind would run for public office), very few professions get dragged through the mud like lawyers do. Almost every lawyer I’ve come across is a normal, nice person who handles their case work honestly and professionally.  I’ve also known lawyers that own strip clubs and act like... Read more »
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