Supreme Court Reminds Employers to Be More Accommodating

Whenever law and religion cross paths, there is a tricky dance that must be done.  The U.S. Constitution guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (First Amendment).  So, to prevent discrimination based on religion without violating the Establishment Clause, Congress requires accommodations for an […]

The Right to Privacy in South Carolina

Recently, the South Carolina Supreme Court struck down the state’s Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act (the “Act”), finding that it violates a woman’s right to privacy as guaranteed by the South Carolina Constitution.  It’s no secret that rights surrounding abortions and women’s health care are a hot topic in the media and politics.  […]

PUMP Act

Motherhood is tough.  Working outside the home while also being a mom is even tougher.  Federal lawmakers recently approved the PUMP Act, attempting to make breastfeeding a little easier for working moms.    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) previously required employers to provide a place (that is not a bathroom) and unpaid break time […]

Employee? Independent Contractor? Who Knows?

You’ve started a business and things are booming!  Now you need help getting all the work done.  Do you hire an employee or an independent contractor?  What’s the difference and why does it matter?    In short, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) puts restrictions on labeling workers as independent contractors to protect those […]

Life is Like a Box of…Board Games?

That’s how the saying goes, right?  Maybe not, but I’m the odd bird who doesn’t particularly care for chocolates.  I do, however, love a good board game.    My husband and I are board game nerds, so an exciting Friday night for us is usually spent gathered around a table strategizing how to build a deck […]

Make Your Contract Work For You

Most disputes we see come out of a contract.  And many times, the dispute could have been avoided at the drafting stage.    Contracts are used every day by many different people.  In fact, I would bet that most people sign a contract of some kind every week.  Getting your car repaired?  Having a minor medical […]

Don’t Be An Ostrich

If you ignore your problems, they will all just go away, right?  Unfortunately not.  Sticking your head in the sand is not an effective problem-solving strategy, particularly in the legal realm.    How Do You Know You Have A Legal Problem?  Have you and your business partner stopped working together or communicating well with one another? Do you think you […]