Election Day: Do I Get Time off Work to Vote?

Election Day: Do I Get Time off Work to Vote?

By Aaron Hotfelder If you haven’t already cast a ballot through your state’s early voting process, you might be wondering whether you’ll get time off work to vote on Election Day. In most states, workers receive at least a couple hours off to cast a ballot—unless they have enough time to vote during nonworking hours. Whether hours taken off to vote are paid or unpaid depends on the state. For example, Colorado allows up to two hours of paid time off,…

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Let’s Say Birthright Citizenship CAN Be Ended by Executive Order: What Would Be the Result?

Let’s Say Birthright Citizenship CAN Be Ended by Executive Order: What Would Be the Result?

Long before Trump became president, conservative commentators began pressing for an end to what’s widely called “birthright citizenship.” That means the right, under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, of: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, [to be] citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” For well over a century, this amendment has been interpreted by courts and legal scholars to mean that anyone born…

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Transgender Rights at Risk: Trump Administration Says Gender Is Defined at Birth

Transgender Rights at Risk: Trump Administration Says Gender Is Defined at Birth

The Trump Administration is trying to establish a legal definition of sex that could reverse Title IX protections for transgender individuals. Defining Gender Last week, The New York Times reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) circulated a memo advocating for a restrictive definition of “sex” under Title IX—the federal law that bans gender discrimination in education. DHHS wants government agencies that enforce Title IX—including the Departments of Labor, Justice, and Education—to adopt the following definition:…

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Jury Links Roundup Weed Killer to Cancer, Orders Monsanto to Pay $289M

Jury Links Roundup Weed Killer to Cancer, Orders Monsanto to Pay $289M

Monsanto, the manufacturer of popular weed killers like Roundup, has been ordered to pay $289 million in damages in a toxic tort lawsuit linking the company’s products to cancer. A California jury found in favor of the plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, a 46 year-old who served as groundskeeper and pest control manager at a number of California schools. Johnson’s attorneys argued that he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup and other Monsanto products on the job. Glyphosate, an herbicide, is the…

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Back From Dilley Immigrant Detention Center: Interview With Nolo Immigration Attorney/Volunteer Kyle Knapp

Back From Dilley Immigrant Detention Center: Interview With Nolo Immigration Attorney/Volunteer Kyle Knapp

If you saw the recent Frontline show about child separations at the U.S. border,  you caught at least a glimpse of the so-called “South Texas Family Residential Center” in Dilley, Texas. Regular Nolo writer Kyle Knapp got a closer look at this facility recently. He spent a week volunteering there, along with other attorneys, all helping women and children (the center’s sole occupants) prepare to present their asylum cases to U.S. government officials. I (Ilona Bray, Nolo author) spoke with…

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