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Over at the Forbes blog, Kwame Christian at the American Negotiation Institute asks this question in a recent post before listing 115 such books, some classics are on the list (Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide for example) as well as some fairly recent books (Ask for More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything – which I believe to be the best negotiation book to come out in some time).  This is a good question.  Why don’t negotiation books by women get more recognition?  Could it be that it doesn’t fit the narrative that women don’t or…
The average American is $90,460 in debt, including credit cards, car loans, student debt, and mortgages. What’s troubling is that not every person who has debt knows they’re in debt, especially if it comes from credit cards. Credit cards are made for ease and convenience. “Buy now, pay later” may sound great, but in reality, it can lead to serious issues down the road. There are four warning signs you should watch for that will signal you may have a debt problem. If you have a debt problem, one of the first things you should do is contact…
There are many types of products that can cause harm to consumers and create liability on the part of a manufacturer.  A “defective product” is a term applied to a product that is designed or manufactured in a way that is unsafe for a particular use.  Motor vehicles and their component parts, such as brakes, tires, etc. may fail.  Or the vehicle may fail to protect the occupants, referred to as  “crashworthiness” defects.  Ever since the iconic Ford Pinto cases, in which the placement of the gas tank led to fire in a collision, the automotive industry has been more…
In a now deleted video of a live domestic abuse pre-trial hearing, viewers were able to see one of the main concerns of virtual/remote court proceedings play out in real time. Extreme threat to personal safety and security was at stake, and it was the quick thinking of the prosecutor and the police that brought it to a safe resolution. While taking testimony from a domestic abuse victim in a Brady Bunch like Zoom meeting, a screen view that has become familiar to most of us, the prosecutor became concerned that the defendant was in the same location as the…
Wage garnishment occurs when a court orders your employer to withhold a portion of your paycheck and send it to a specific person or creditor. Some common examples of wage garnishment include child support, student loans, and consumer debts. In most cases, your wages will continue to be garnished until the debt is resolved or paid back. If you are experiencing wage garnishment, it is essential to be aware of your legal rights and take steps to remedy any negative effects to your relationship with your employer. The best way to ensure your rights are protected is to work with…
Let me start off this post with a caveat–I promise that I had already decided on this as the subject of the post before Sunday’s royal interview expose–really really.  But, if the timing works for you in understanding why Oprah gets all these interviews, I’m happy for your attention too! I started this week talking about assertiveness and narrowing that to the willingness to talk up and to negotiate.  Another part of assertiveness is the framing piece of how you talk and what makes people want to listen.  Some of this is tied to reputation–if you are known for telling…
Proper management of one’s digital assets is no longer just a good idea. In estate planning, it’s a practical necessity.   Neglected Property       As people of all ages increasingly store their important documents and other property in a digital format, it seems logical that they would include their digital assets as part of their estate. However, that’s generally not the case.       According to a 2020 survey by the Law Society, a legal organization in England and Wales, only 26% of the 1,000 survey respondents reported knowing what would happen to their digital assets after…
DUI Arrests dropped in December during the 2020 holiday season, compared to 2019. Was this drop in DUI rates due to COVID-19? The holiday season is traditionally a big time for DUI arrests in Arizona. Every December, state troopers, sheriff’s deputies, and local police officers take to the highways and streets searching for alleged drunk drivers leaving holiday parties, bars, and restaurants. But as with most other things last year, December 2020 was different than usual. Number of Arizona DUI Arrests in December The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reports that law enforcement made 1,729 arrests on suspicion of…
Recent news regarding COVID-19 vaccines seems to be overwhelmingly positive.  Johnson & Johnson has developed a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine which will soon enter manufacturing and distribution stages to eventually become widely available in the United States, along with the currently available Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which are now being administered to anyone 55 years or older in Arizona and essential workers, depending on state protocols.  With these positive developments, however, employers are now faced with the decision of what role vaccinations play in returning to the workplace.  In particular, employers must decide whether they want to require employees to receive…
How can an Actor/covered entity provider comply with both the Information Blocking Rule & HIPAA when access to EHI/PHI needs to be denied based on harm that arises from corrupted data? Delay access to EHI/PHI instead of denying access completely. Have a licensed health care professional confirm the denial of access due to data issues. Adopt a standing policy “signed off” by a licensed health care professional permitting denials of access in pre-identified scenarios involving data issues. The Information Blocking (IB) Rule is intended to work in sync with HIPAA, including the “right of access” granted to patients with regard…
A detailed timeline of the long and complicated battle Britney Spears is facing in replacing her father as Conservator of her person and her estate. To learn more, check out our blog… #FreeBritney: Britney Spears Conservatorship Legal Battle Explained By An Influencer Attorney   The post Timeline of Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Battle first appeared on RM Warner Law | Online, Marketing, Internet Business Law Firm.…
Many people dream of one day owning their own business. But there’s one question you need to answer: How will you fund your business? There are plenty of options to choose from, but as with everything in life, there are pros and cons. Outlined below are some of the most common ways to finance a small business. While owning your own business may be a dream come true, some dreams may turn into nightmares if you’re not careful. If you’re facing debt because of your business, it’s important to remember that you have options. Contacting a debt attorney is the…
Happy Presidents’ Day.  The other night, while reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s excellent book Team of Rivals, I started thinking about the connection between Presidents and Supreme Court justices. Not in the typical nomination/confirmation situation, but more about persons who aspired to one, or both, positions.  So many past presidents have been lawyers. And, as our readers almost certainly know, one past president–William Howard Taft–also served on the Supreme Court.  But, did you know that John Quincy Adams, before he became president, turned down a nomination to the Supreme Court? Our history also contains at least two would-be presidents who ultimately…
With Valentine’s Day in our midst, love is in the air – and possibly in your workplace! Consider the scenario below: You work in the Human Resources department of ABC Corp., a small, 20-person company that has always prided itself on maintaining a professional, but fun working environment. This year’s Valentine’s Day lunch is no exception; the heart-shaped cupcakes and garland are just the right amount of “festive” and the tiny bottles of champagne were a nice touch. You’re about to retrieve the candy hearts for the annual candy heart scrabble tournament when you notice the CEO, Robert, and the…
Passage of HB 2045 reminds Arizona employers with 15 or more employees that they are barred from discriminating against employees on the basis of pregnancy or childbirth. The legislation, which Governor Ducey signed on February 4, aligns Arizona law with the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act. HB 2045 was the first bill of the 2021 session signed by the Governor. Among other changes, the law provides the following as part of A.R.S. § 41-1463, clarifying that existing statutory prohibitions on sex-based discrimination also preclude discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and childbirth: G. Women who are affected by pregnancy or childbirth…
I believe that the “Preventing Harm Exception” under the Information Blocking Rule is the most challenging exception to decipher and apply. This is particularly so because some of the standards do not precisely track HIPAA, and yet other standards appear to be inconsistent in how they are applied. In this post, I will attempt to distill the Preventing Harm Exception down to its basic elements, as well as point out issues to be aware of as Actors work to implement these new requirements into their compliance processes. The Preventing Harm Exception can be found at 45 C.F.R. §171.201. Under…