Forsyth County Courthouse Reopening

Forsyth County Courthouse Reopening

Apr. 27, 2020 by

Hearings and Other Proceedings Remain Limited; Public Access Is Restored Senior Resident Superior Court Judge L. Todd Burke has amended his earlier order closing the Forsyth County courthouse after an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Now that the

A view of the North Carolina General Assembly House Chamber from the rear of the room.

New North Carolina Laws, Effective December 1, 2019

Dec. 2, 2019 by

A number of new laws went into effect in North Carolina on December 1, 2019. Here is a summary of some of the changes most likely to be relevant to the general public.

An image of a DNA strand.

Living DNAngerously

Jan. 31, 2019 by

DNA testing is powerful and valuable, and grows more powerful every day. But like most advanced science, it is not with out its perils, some of them unforeseen. There are laws in place that address some protections against genetic discrimination, including GINA, (the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, a US federal law), but they are far from comprehensive.

Time and Time Again (and A Half)

Time and Time Again (and A Half)

May. 12, 2017 by

A bill seeks to eliminate your employer’s obligation to pay you for overtime. Currently, the government does not have to pay its employees overtime, but can instead give “comp time” – equal paid time off for the overtime you work. The Act proposed to extend that to private employers.

Must You Identify Yourself to Police?

Must You Identify Yourself to Police?

Aug. 4, 2016 by

In the wake of the recent (August 2016) shooting death of Korryn Gaines, a number of people have posed questions to me about 1) the “sovereign citizens” movement, and 2) whether you are required, by law, to identify yourself to

Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” Special Enrollment

Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” Special Enrollment

Mar. 20, 2015 by

Did you recently do your taxes and learn that you owe a fine for not being insured? The government has created a SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD from March 15, 2015 through April 30, 2015. Legal Aid of North Carolina can help

Are you a small business owner confused about how the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) affects you?

Are you a small business owner confused about how the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) affects you?

Mar. 16, 2015 by

The Small Business Administration offers Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars. The SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they

When You Come To Court

When You Come To Court

Oct. 28, 2013 by

I don’t do much criminal defense anymore, but when I was just starting out, I worked as a court-appointed attorney for a few years. The following is from a handout I prepared for new clients.  Most of it applies equally

Are you exhausted?

Are you exhausted?

May. 7, 2013 by

Administrative Remedies An important issue in many employment litigation situations – especially discrimination claims – is “exhaustion of administrative remedies.”  The basic principle coming into play here is that you can’t sue someone for not fixing a problem if you

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest

Aug. 3, 2012 by

Most people understand the basic concept of Conflict of Interest, but it’s actually more complex than it may at first seem. Competing Interests In its simplest form, a Conflict of Interest arises when an attorney represents a client who is