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After court nixes eviction ban, race is on for federal help

BOSTON — The recent court ruling striking down a national eviction moratorium has heightened concerns that tenants won’t receive tens of billions of dollars in promised federal aid in time to avoid getting kicked out of their homes. A federal ...

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Unpaid rent a major problem that needs more solutions

As the COVID-19 pandemic grew worse last year and employers were forced to reduce their workforce, impacted workers found it difficult to pay rent. To ensure no one would lose their home during the crisis, federal and state eviction moratoriums ...

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How companies rip off poor employees — and get away with it

Ruth Palacios and Arturo Xelo, a married couple from Mexico, work at their fruit stand in the Corona neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. They worked seven days a week for months disinfecting COVID-19 patient rooms at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, but weren't paid overtime Palacios says. The couple filed a federal lawsuit against the contractor that hired them, alleging their pay was cut without their knowledge from $15 an hour to $12.25. They're now selling fruit to make ends meet. (AP Photo/Marshall Ritzel)

Already battered by long shifts and high infection rates, essential workers struggling through the pandemic face another hazard of hard times: employers who steal their wages. When a recession hits, U.S. companies are more likely to stiff their lowest-wage workers. ...

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AP source: Sheldon Silver released from prison on furlough

FILE - In this May 3, 2016 file photo, former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is surrounded by media as he leaves the court in New York where he was sentenced to 12 years in prison on corruption charges. On Thursday, July 13, 2017, a federal appeals court overturned Silver's corruption conviction, saying the judge's instructions on law weren't consistent with a recent Supreme Court ruling. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been released from a federal prison on furlough while he awaits potential placement to home confinement, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Silver, 77, began ...

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Real Estate Law: Get your vacation rental agreements in shape for the summer

Sarah A. Pellerin

Warm weather, sandy beaches, sunsets … so many visions of idyllic summer vacations were seemingly washed away in the COVID-19 wave of 2020. However, with distancing, quarantine, and other similar restrictions now being loosened in several states, the thought of ...

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Dallas lawyer takes up mission to help people avoid eviction

DALLAS — Not long after he began posting advice last year for people facing eviction during the pandemic, Mark Melton found himself inundated with phone calls and messages. “It became apparent really quickly that this was going to be too ...

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New York AG investigating Cuomo’s use of aides on book

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

ALBANY — New York’s attorney general is investigating whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo broke the law by having members of his staff help write and promote his pandemic leadership book. In a letter dated April 13, made public Monday, state Comptroller ...

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As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2021, file photo, a red tag hangs on a cell door, signifying an active COVID-19 case for its inhabitants at Faribault Prison, in Faribault, Minn. Fewer than 20 percent of state and federal prisoners have received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press. In some states, prisoners and advocates have resorted to lawsuits to get access. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)

This week, Florida expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to all residents 16 and older. But across the state, more than 70,000 people still don’t have access to the vaccine. Those men and women are state prisoners. More than half the ...

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Civil Litigation: Work from home can bring new issues, but not all bad


Even before COVID-19, the number of employees working from home was steadily rising. Employers who want to stay relevant and keep competitive with their counterparts are almost required to have a work from home policy. In 2019, SmallBizGenius put the ...

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Attorneys predict employment litigation issues to gain traction post-pandemic

Stacey Trien

While the COVID-19 pandemic put employment litigation matters on hold last year, local attorneys expect it to not only resume, but pick up substantially as employment issues related to the pandemic come to the forefront in the short-term. Jeffrey Calabrese, ...

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