Do You Lose Your Pension If Fired?

Whether you resign or are fired, losing a job is never easy. And, it's not just the loss of income that can be difficult, but also the loss of benefits. For example, deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe was fired just two days before his retirement, which means he's no longer eligible to receive his full pension. Pensions and other benefits are generally terminated when you're fired, but there are certain rights that an employee has after his or her job has been terminated.
Rights of an Employee After Job Termination
Today, the standard type of employment is “at will,” which basically means that you can quit or be fired at any time and for any reason. One caveat to this, however: the reason can't be for something illegal, like discrimination or retaliation. Employees do have certain rights after being fired.
For example, you may enter into a severance agreement, which basically means that you'll receive a severance package in exchange for promising not to sue yo..

How to Sue an Online Business

These days, more and more people live their lives online — chatting with friends, stalking an ex, trolling a public figure, and shopping for … everything. So, it makes sense that more and more of our conflicts will also have some web-based aspect to them. And while you may know how to sue your neighbor, or the business down the street, what happens when you have a problem with someone you've only dealt with over the internet? There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to suing an online business.
Before Deciding to Sue
Before taking legal action against an online business, first ask if you should even file a lawsuit in the first place. This assessment includes whether you can prove what you need to prove, and if you think you would be able to collect money damages if you win your case. There's no sense in filing if you don't have the evidence or if you wouldn't be able to collect on a favorable judgment.
Where to File
Once you've decided to go ..

Do Students Have Legal Rights to Protest During School?

Although it may not always feel like it, students do have certain rights at school. These student rights are generally in line with the rights afforded to all U.S. citizens by the U.S. Constitution. But, when in school, students do have limitations to those rights.
For example, while students have a general right to privacy, this right ends if there are safety concerns. And although students don't lose their First Amendment right to free speech when they walk through the door of their school, there are limits to those rights. So, what legal rights do students really have at school, and is protesting during the school day one of those rights?
Right to Free Speech … Sort Of
Free speech covers anything from actually speaking to wearing expressive clothing to protesting. As discussed above, students don't automatically lose the rights afforded to them by the U.S. Constitution when they're at school, but their rights do become limited.
For example, if the school has a con..

Major Changes to Florida’s Gun Laws

With another deadly school shooting serving as the final straw, Florida lawmakers have made significant changes to their gun laws, despite fervent opposition from the NRA and a long history of permissive legislation.
While the final bill signed by Florida governor Rick Scott does not include everything activists sought, such as an assault weapons ban, it does change the minimum age and waiting period for gun purchases, bans bump stocks, and affects both security and mental health services on school campuses.
The new law, passed by a majority-Republican legislature, includes six major changes to Florida's gun laws:
Raises Minimum Age and Implements Waiting Period
Dubbed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act after the Parkland shooting, the law raises the minimum gun-purchasing age from 18 to 21 (the Parkland shooter was 19). It also mandates a three-day waiting period for most gun sales (previously, this only applied to handguns). The NRA argues the law vio..

What Parents Should Know About New 529 Tax Rule

Everyone talks about how raising kids is expensive, and one of the biggest contributing factors to that is providing kids with a good education. This is especially true if you want to send your kids to private school. Well, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has a significant impact on how many Americans can approach their strategy for funding their children's education. More specifically, the Act now makes 529 plans eligible to be used for private school tuition for grades K-12.
What's a 529 Plan?
A 529 plan is a plan that's operated by a state or educational institution that has various tax advantages to make it easier for parents to save for their children's education. Previously, this was only available for college tuition, but now parents can also use a 529 plan for elementary, middle school, or high school. While contributions are not deductible, earnings aren't subject to federal taxes and may not be subject to state taxes either. So, funds from a 529 p..

Hospital Avoids Racial Discrimination Claim With Religious Exception

People have a general right to work in a place that's free of discrimination, whether it's based on race, religion, gender, age, or disability. In the event that you feel you have become the victim of employment discrimination, you can usually file a claim with the government and/or file a civil lawsuit.
However, that doesn't mean that you'll always have a valid claim against your employer. Just ask Mark Penn, whose lawsuit against New York Methodist Hospital for religious and racial discrimination was recently dismissed by the Second Circuit.
The Alleged Discrimination
Mark Penn had worked for the hospital's Department of Pastoral Care as duty chaplain between 2004 and 2011. Penn claimed that he was never promoted to a full-time staff chaplain position because of his race and his religion.
More specifically, Penn says that a non-Methodist Protestant and a Jewish rabbi were promoted over him. Peter Poulos, who was the program director and also named in the la..

When Is It Too Late to Go to Small Claims Court?

Your small claims lawsuit should be filed as soon as reasonably possible. And by 'reasonably possible,' we really mean as soon as you're sure you need to sue but before the time limit for filing expires. Besides the practical considerations of suing fairly quickly after something has happened, there are legal reasons to do so.
Statute of Limitations
All states and D.C. place limits on how late is too late to sue someone. This limit is called the statute of limitations, and it's a hard and fast legal rule. If George wants to sue Peter, and the applicable statute of limitations is three years, then George needs to file his lawsuit within three years.
There are, of course, some nuances here. The statute of limitations period can vary based on the type of case or claims asserted in the lawsuit. So a personal injury case might have a shorter statute of limitations period than a breach of contracts case, for example. There are also circumstances that can delay the star..

Dad Can Be Guardian After Giving Autistic Daughter Illegal Marijuana

As society seems to become more accepting of marijuana, the laws around this drug have changed as well. Some states have decriminalized marijuana, while others have actually legalized marijuana (within certain parameters, of course). For example, California recently introduced new cannabis rules and regulations.
Texas, on the other hand, continues to be on the more restrictive side when it comes to marijuana. Under current Texas marijuana laws, medical marijuana is permitted on a very limited basis. While Texas is still strict with marijuana, a judge in that state has ruled that a dad who gives his severely autistic daughter cannabis vapor is fit to be her guardian.
Trying to Help Their Daughter
Due to her autism, Zara is not able to speak and began hitting herself when she was 4 years old. In fact, she would hit herself so severely that it caused her bones to break and brain damage. While her parents, Mark and Christy, tried to calm their daughter with anti-psychotic drugs, these dr..

Can I Self-Insure My Car?

The purpose of insurance to guard against loss or damage. For example, health insurance is there to help you pay for medical costs that would otherwise be too expensive for most people. Insurance can also specifically protect someone other than the person who is insured.
A good example of this is life insurance, which would provide money to named beneficiaries in the event that the person who's insured dies. Some insurance is required by law, while others are simply an option. One type of insurance that states usually require their drivers to have is car insurance.
Common Types of Policy Coverage
Most states require drivers to purchase specific types of car insurance coverage and set mandatory minimum liability limits. Generally speaking, there are different types of damage that car insurance policies will cover. Probably the two most common categories of car insurance are bodily injury liability and property damage liability.
Bodily injury liability covers the medical costs tha..

Coinbase to Hand IRS Info on 13K Users

Due to the general animosity toward paying taxes, people sometimes try to hide, lie about, or simply not report all of their income and/or property to the IRS. But, those who thought they could keep their cryptocurrency information from the IRS may be out of luck. A popular cryptocurrency wallet called Coinbase has agreed to provide the IRS with account information on 13,000 users.
What Led to the IRS Request?
The IRS considers cryptocurrencies to be property subject to taxation, and believes that millions of Americans are not reporting their cryptocurrency in their tax returns. And, the IRS might be right as fewer than 1,000 people reported that they have cryptocurrency despite the fact that Coinbase says it has over 10 million users. For its part, Coinbase didn't want to provide the information to the IRS. In fact, Coinbase fought the IRS in court to resist the request, and was able to reduce the scope of the summons.
Coinbase said that its intention in fighting the request wa..