How a Repeal of Obamacare Could Affect Persons With Disabilities

How a Repeal of Obamacare Could Affect Persons With Disabilities

The Affordable Care Act’s ban on preexisting condition exclusions was a big benefit to those with disabilities: they were allowed to purchase insurance despite having preexisting medical issues, without having to pay higher rates or suffer through waiting periods. But the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has also had a positive effect on Social Security disability, Medicare, and Medicaid. Repealing it, or reversing course on preexisting conditions, could be a big setback for these programs. The Affordable Care Act undeniably helped…

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IRS to Assess “Play or Pay” Penalties Against Employers for 2015

IRS to Assess “Play or Pay” Penalties Against Employers for 2015

Earlier this month, the IRS announced that it will be moving forward with issuing the first penalties against employers for failing to provide the health care coverage required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For a time, it was unclear whether ACA employer penalties would be enforced. In early 2017, the President had issued an executive order directing federal agencies to minimize the “economic and regulatory burden” of the ACA. However, attempts by the President and members of Congress to…

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Ask Liza: Nolo’s Estate Planning Blog

Ask Liza: Nolo’s Estate Planning Blog

Check out Nolo’s Ask Liza, where Liza Weiman Hanks, an attorney who specializes in estate planning for families of all ages, answers questions about trusts, wills, probate, and other estate planning topics.

Deadline Approaches for California Wildfire Victims to Apply for Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Deadline Approaches for California Wildfire Victims to Apply for Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance

In October, a series of raging wildfires caused multiple fatalities and injuries and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses in California. Although the fires are now contained, many communities are just beginning to pick up the pieces in places like Santa Rosa, Napa, and Sonoma. It also means that thousands of Californians are out of jobs. The federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program provides financial assistance to employees who have lost their jobs due to a major natural disaster. DUA…

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Georgia Supreme Court: DUI Suspects Have the Right to Refuse Breath Tests

Georgia Supreme Court: DUI Suspects Have the Right to Refuse Breath Tests

The United States Constitution provides everyone in the country with certain rights. States have their own constitutions, which can provide people in those jurisdictions with additional—or broader—rights. That dynamic is why, on October 16, Georgia became somewhat of an exception in the realm of DUI law. Right Against Self-Incrimination The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides a right against forced self-incrimination. So does Paragraph XVI of the Georgia Constitution. In Olevik v. State, the Georgia Supreme proved that it interprets…

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