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Month: March 2015

New FMLA Regulations Expand Definition of “Spouse” to Include Same-Sex Spouses in All States

New FMLA Regulations Expand Definition of “Spouse” to Include Same-Sex Spouses in All States

Late last month, the Department of Labor issued a final rule that expands the definition of “spouse” for purposes of taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA is a federal law that requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to eligible employees for certain medical and caretaking reasons. Among those reasons, employees may take leave to care for a spouse with a serious health condition, care for…

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Can You Keep Horses and Other Pets in Bankruptcy?

Can You Keep Horses and Other Pets in Bankruptcy?

ASK LEON  Bankruptcy expert Leon Bayer answers real-life questions. Dear Leon,  I am considering Chapter 7 bankruptcy and am wondering what will happen to my two pet horses if I file? They are not worth much; I probably couldn’t even give them away. But I don’t want to file bankruptcy if I have to give them up. Alysia  Dear Alysia, There are a few issues that arise when you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and have horses or other household…

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U.S. Hits New Low in Treatment of Immigrants

U.S. Hits New Low in Treatment of Immigrants

I’ve always been glad to leave the immigration policy-making to others. When asked for my opinion on what should be done about, say, entry by undocumented immigrants, I’ll shake my head and say I can see both sides of the issue, and there’s no perfect solution. But the one thing I’ve always said loud and clear is that, whatever the immigration law may be at the time, the U.S. government needs to do a better job at administering it consistently and fairly….

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