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Children Coping With Divorce

I recently ran across a good blog site titled "Updates in Michigan Family Law" authored by Jeane M. Hannah, a Michigan family law practitioner. In her article she refers to a new tool to help children cope with high-conflict divorce called Earthquake in Zipland. This is an interactive video game developed by a social worker. [...]

By | December 10th, 2007|Uncategorized|

OSHA Regulation Requires Employers To Pay For Most Personal Protective Equipment

On November 15, 2007, OSHA published its long awaited regulation identifying the personal protective equipment (PPE) the employer must pay for. The regulation is effective February 13, 2008 but you have until May 15, 2008 to start paying for the PPE. Of note, the items employers are not required to pay for are: Non-specialty safety-toe protective footwear [...]

By | November 20th, 2007|Uncategorized|

Common Ground Iowa Seeking Membership

The U.S. Department of Transportation created the Common Ground Task Force in 1998 which undertook the Common Ground Study of the nations' One Call Systems.  Many recommendations came out of the Study and the Common Ground Alliance was formed to further the work of the Task Force.  Their work resulted in the Best Practices Guidance [...]

By | October 29th, 2007|Uncategorized|

Jury Selection: Challenges for Cause

With the launching of this blog a fellow blogger and colleague, Brett Trout, challenged me to contribute to our new endeavor. About a month ago I found myself in a courtroom in eastern Iowa for two weeks trying an environmental case.  The experience I had was reinforced shortly after this trial by an email I received from [...]

By | October 25th, 2007|Uncategorized|

IF YOU WANT TO GET PAID, GET IT IN WRITING (part 2)

I can't speak for all businesses, but from my perspective most businesses have a signed agreement before they provide services for either an individual or a business. However, invariably it is those transactions in which the agreement was never actually signed that cause the most problems for the business owner. The typical fact pattern goes something like [...]

By | October 11th, 2007|Uncategorized|

IF YOU WANT TO GET PAID, GET IT IN WRITING (part 1)

In an ideal world, when a business provides a service, the person or entity benefiting from the service promptly pays the provider for that service (assuming of course, that the service was performed as the service recipient expected).  As anyone who has been in business for longer than a week can tell you, when it comes to customers paying [...]

By | October 10th, 2007|Uncategorized|