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Twenty States Raise Minimum Wage at Start of New Year

Twenty states and dozens of localities increased their minimum wage, giving a financial boost to many frontline workers during the pandemic. New Mexico will see the largest jump, adding $1.50 to its hourly minimum and bringing it up to $10.50. … Continue reading

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Debt Collectors, Payday Lenders Collected over $500 Million in Federal Pandemic Relief

More than 1,800 Paycheck Protection Program loans last year went to debt collectors and high-interest lenders, according to the Washington Post. The aid to these firms amounted to more than $580 million. More than 170 of those recipients have been … Continue reading

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Jackson County Court temporarily halts eviction writs and proceedings

The Jackson County Circuit Court has temporarily suspended eviction proceedings and service of eviction writs after placing two process deputies on leave for shooting a man while serving an eviction writ on Jan. 8. In a tight spot financially? Contact … Continue reading

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N.R.A. Declares Bankruptcy and Seeks to Exit New York

Seeking an end-run around an investigation by the New York attorney general, the National Rifle Association said that it was declaring bankruptcy and would reincorporate in Texas. The group’s effort to circumvent New York’s legal jurisdiction raised immediate questions from … Continue reading

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2020 Tax Tip – Mileage

The mileage rate for businesses for 2020 is being reduced from 58 cents per mile to 57.5 cents per mile.  The medical mileage rate for individuals for 2020 is being reduced from 20 cents per mile to 17 cents per … Continue reading

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2020 Tax Tip – Retirement Distributions

If you suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to take a distribution from your retirement plan and avoid the ten percent (10%) penalty and spread the distribution over a three (3) year period. If you … Continue reading

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2020 Tax Tip – Stimulus Payments

Before you file your 2020 tax return, be sure to include the information from your IRS Notice 1444.  This document informs you how much you received in stimulus payments this past year.  You should not file your tax return without … Continue reading

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Macy’s to Close 45 Stores this Year

Department store operator Macy’s Inc. said yesterday that it would close about 45 stores this year as part of its three-year plan to lower store count in order to focus on its more productive outlets, Reuters reported. Even before the … Continue reading

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Crash Was a Driving Accident, Not a Breakfast Accident

Statute bars compensation for injury resulting from “risk unrelated to the employment to which workers would have been equally exposed outside of and unrelated to the employment in normal nonemployment life.” Risk means activity. That exclusion, like all workers’ compensation … Continue reading

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Motion for Summary Judgment Leaves Material Facts in Genuine Dispute

In an action to enforce settlement, on a motion for summary judgment, movant included two documents naming different sums. Each party claimed that a different document constituted a settlement offer, movant the first and non-movant the second. Non-movant’s response to … Continue reading

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