When is a Public Employee’s Speech Not Protected By the First Amendment?

We take it for granted that our criticism of how governmental entities and elected officials operate is protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution.  If you are a public employee, however, that protection is limited.  Speech is not protected if it is made as a part of the employee’s job requirements.  Thus, in Garcetti

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Overtime or Comp Time?

Changes may be coming to how overtime can be handled by your employer.  This week, the U.S. House of Representatives, on a party-line vote, passed the Working Families Flexibility Act.  The legislation moves to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future.  The legislation is opposed by Democrats in its current form, and the Republicans

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Practical Tips To Avoid Bankruptcy

Even if your debt seems insurmountable, bankruptcy should be your last option.  A bankruptcy filing remains on your credit report for seven years, is a matter of public record, and costs money.  An advantage that debtors have is that creditors also lose in bankruptcy.  Unless the debt is secured, a creditor is likely to end

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Free Speech, Protests and Employment

The right to freedom of speech – to speak out on matters of public policy and to support or criticize elected officials – is perhaps the most important and cherished rights we share as American citizens under our Constitution.  Public protests on issues all over the political and ideological spectrum have become increasingly commonplace in

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