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El Salvador and its Temporary Protected Status (TPS)...

As of March 9, 2018, El Salvador’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation was removed. For those of you who do not know what TPS is, here is an excellent article that explains it. The article, by the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, explains that TPS is a type of immigration relief for individuals from select countries. Countries that are given TPS maintain that status until further review, which occurs every 18 months. Designating a country with TPS usually means some serious incident occurred in that country, like an environmental disaster or a war crisis. TPS allows individuals from the country with the status to remain in the United States and obtain lawful employment. At the most basic level, TPS status enables individual people to register for TPS status so they can work. As stated, the new executive administration has implemented changes to TPS status of certain countries. Specifically, as I stated early, El Salvador is no longer qualified as TPS. What this means is that on September 9, 2019, El Salvador’s TPS status will officially be terminated. This change is a microcosm of all the immigration modifications that are going on today. Other immigration law changes are succinctly explained in the same helpful article, which serves as an excellent resource. There are an estimated 200,000 people from El Salvador living in the United States. Part of the deal with the TPS program is that those people from El Salvador working in the United States send a portion of their earnings to their home country as what is known as a remittance. Remittances are generally used to help their family members in El Salvador. One concern is that with the eventual cessation of remittances in September 2019, poverty in El Salvador could get worse. In fact, it is estimated that about 80 percent of the El Salvadorians living in the United States are sending remittances back to their homeland. Specifically, it is estimated that each working El Salvadorian in the United States sends back about $4,300 per year. These payments have decreased poverty levels and have enhanced the economy of El Salvador. Many people in El Salvador rely on these payments. Picture a situation where an El Salvadorian lives and works in the United States. A portion of his earnings goes back to his family in El Salvador. He works...

Top 6 Celebrity Motorcycle Crashes

Despite the cool leather jacket and the iconic images of him on a bike, James Dean didn’t die in a motorcycle accident. Instead, he was in his Porsche 550 Spyder. Even if Dean’s dangerous, reckless, cool persona didn’t add to the mythos of the motorcycle, the bike has still managed to take on those qualities all on its own. Or rather, with the help of a few other reckless stars. Here are the top six biggest celebrity motorcycle accidents of all time. E. Lawrence – Better known as Lawrence of Arabia, T.E. Lawrence was cool because cool was even a term. After returning home to England after helping start a revolution against the Ottoman Empire during World War I (in, you guessed it, the Arabic part of the world), Lawrence swerved his Brough Superior SS100 out of the way of two boys in the road. He died as a result, a hero to the end. Half the Allman Brothers (Duanne Allman and Berry Oakley) – Guitarist Duanne Allman and bassist Berry Oakley died just over a year apart and only a few blocks from each other. Duanne died because he ran his bike into a truck that stopped suddenly and Berry ran into a bus. The similarities were eerie and tragic for one of the great bands of Southern Rock. Gary Busey – Gary Busey is probably better known for being crazy than for being an actor, but maybe there’s a reason for that. In 1988, the notoriously anti-helmet actor/crazy man was in an accident so bad, the police officer attending to him had to hold his head together until the ambulance arrived. There was a real fear of permanent brain damage. Busey turned out to be okay, but he’s still a little…off all the same. Bob Dylan – As mysterious as the great poet-songwriter himself, Dylan’s accident was never reported and some have speculated, never happened. In 1966, he was out on his Harley 45 and apparently had an accident bad enough that he took a break for months. But again, no report, so perhaps he just wanted a vacation? We’ll never know unless he writes a song about it. Keanu Reeves – Reeves has had a few accidents in his time and always gets back on the bike. His biggest one came before his rise to fame,...

How to Maximize Employee Productivity

There are so many advantages of maximizing the productivity of your employees. First, the more productive they are the more likely that they are making more money for the company. Second, you are getting optimal productivity for the operation costs you put out, including employee salaries. Third, significant productivity often translates to employee satisfaction, which may reduce turnover rates. Below are just some of the things you can do to make your employees more productive, and the best part about these things is that they are simple. Using Employment Tests You can already affect employee productivity even before they are hired, and this can be done through a good hiring process. Employment tests are good ways to measure the competence of applicants. Testing for employment has numerous benefits. It can easily pinpoint the strengths of the applicants, so you can put them in positions where they can exploit these strengths, and therefore maximize productivity. Avoiding Workplace Hostility A hostile work environment can reduce the productivity level of employees. But how can a workplace be considered hostile? A workplace can be considered hostile if there is discrimination or harassment. Discrimination happens when an employee is receiving unfair treatment just because of his inherent traits, such as his age, preferred gender, race, and sex. Harassment happens when an employee is receiving incidental harm from others. This usually comes in the form of bullying, sexual harassment, and outright violence. According to the website of Cary Kane LLP, those who are experiencing discrimination or harassment in the workplace may have legal options. The law is a convincing factor for employers to act against workplace hostility. Ensuring Workplace Cleanliness and Safety Usually, an absent or unhealthy employee translates into less productivity. But why is an employee absent or unhealthy? It can be because the workplace is not clean, putting him at risk of biological contaminants and pollutants, such as bacteria, dusts, and molds. It can be because the workplace is not safe, putting him at risk of injuries and illnesses. Workplace safety is not just for those who work in hazardous areas, like construction sites and manufacturing plants. Even the safest workplaces, such as office buildings, can pose their own dangers, such as defective elevators, overheated equipment, and overloaded wiring...

Selling Real Estate-Better Safe than Sorry...

Selling real estate is a complicated and potentially expensive process. Clear understanding of contracts, successful navigation of regulatory procedure, and careful resolution of real estate disputes are all easier when you have real estate lawyers on your side. There are a number of legal problems that may occur when selling real estate. Even something as innocuous as a standard sale form instead of a specialized form, or improper filing times, can ruin a deal and potentially cost you thousands of dollars. Another small but important detail is the condition of the property being sold. A lawyer can recommend the proper precautions to take to ensure you are not caught off guard by any faulty infrastructure or damaged property. In the case of selling your home, if an agreement falls through you could be responsible for paying a brokerage fee in addition to the hassle of finding a new buyer. Selling real estate also has wide ranging tax implications. You may know that, if you sell your home, you may exclude up to $250,000 of your capital gain from tax. This amount doubles for married couples filing together. This and other tax facts are available publicly, but may be difficult to find and understand if you are managing the sale yourself. If selling your home in Austin, Austin real estate lawyers can point out the network of tax savings and opportunities available to you. State taxes and depreciation must also be taken into consideration, as both can affect your tax filing and the profits from the sale of your property. If you are ready to become involved in the sale of real estate, do not leave anything to chance. Contact a real estate lawyer to ensure you get all the money you deserve for your...

DWI Still a Major Traffic Problem in the U.S....

Drunk driving remains to be a major traffic problem in the U.S. In 2013, those arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in the U.S., including in the District of Columbia, totaled to 1,171,935. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) records showed that the number of arrests due to drunk driving went as high as 1.4 million. With these unbelievable figures, many authorities feel relieved that the yearly number of fatal accidents do not go over 10,500. Authorities consider this bit of success (in maintaining the number of fatal accidents to just a little above 10,000) to the zeal of traffic enforcers in enforcing these laws, to the efforts of private, non-profit groups, like the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) which, since 1980, has helped in the passing of new DUI laws, like the Zero Tolerance, which prohibits individuals below the age of 21 from having in their blood system any measurable amount of alcohol, and to the passing of additional laws, such as the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) law, which authorizes arresting officers to confiscate the license of drivers who refuse to take or fail a breath test. The current blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for car drivers is 0.08%. This BAC limit is still considered high based on the fact that a person’s driving ability and response time to emergency situations are already affected even at 0.05% BAC level. Application of the law, however, simply allows for traffic enforcers to consider and, therefore, arrest an individual due to alcohol-impairment if he/she has a BAC level of 0.08% or higher. To further reduce risks of accidents due to drunk-driving, some states also authorize traffic enforcers to consider a driver as already alcohol-impaired if they see that his/her abilities are been affected by alcohol even if such driver’s BAC level is below 0.08%. A DWI conviction can ruin one’s professional and personal future. A lot of attention has been drawn to drunk driving over the past couple of decades, all directed to punishing offenders and proving guilty or convicting those who are caught. This makes it important, even necessary, for people who are charged to seek representation from a highly-skilled defense lawyer, who may be able to save him/her from possible...

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