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What steps can you take to prevent international child abduction?

Having a child with someone who hails from another country can sometimes present unanticipated challenges. If, for example, the relationship between you and your one-time partner takes a turn for the worse, you may have reason to worry about your ex potentially trying to take your child out of the country without your permission.

If you do, in fact, have valid concerns about international child abduction, there are some efforts you can take to help protect your child and keep him or her on U.S. soil. If your child’s other parent does successfully take your child out of the United States and back to his or her home country, it can sometimes, depending on the nation involved, prove difficult to get him or her back. Therefore, taking preventative measures to stop international child abduction may be your best line of defense against it. So, what should you consider doing if you believe your ex might attempt to take your son or daughter back to his or her home nation?

Hiring undocumented workers could destroy your business

For the past decade, immigration raids at work sites in the United States have been uncommon. That changed in early April when agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 280 employees at a business in Texas. While it is not yet clear if company officials will face criminal charges, the message is clear: Hiring undocumented workers is a mistake. 

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 prevents U.S. employers from knowingly employing unauthorized workers. As an employer, you have an affirmative obligation to verify both the identity and work eligibility of everyone you hire. To do this, you complete and retain the I-9 form. You can likely gauge your company’s potential liability by examining the penalties for violating the IRCA. 

The fine art of offering great employee benefits

No doubt you feel energized about starting your own company, and one of your priorities is to hire top-notch employees. Most employees expect to receive company benefits. You will offer what the law requires, plus a healthcare plan and paid vacation, but will that be enough to attract industry superstars?

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Sexual harassment a pervasive problem in health care

When you show up to your place of employment, you have a right to a comfortable work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Regrettably, however, discrimination and harassment are common issues in many American work settings, with some industries and fields experiencing higher rates of them than others.

Sexual harassment, for example, is an especially significant problem for students and workers in health care settings, including hospitals and doctor’s offices, with the Harvard Business Review reporting that the problem often starts before medical students even begin their careers. Just what is it that makes health care settings such hotbeds for sexual harassment?

New laws regarding employment and family law go into effect

Local, state and federal laws change all the time. Sometimes, new laws overrule old ones, while other times, existing statutes receive minor adjustments. There are several new laws taking effect in 2019 that directly impact Michigan residents. 

Among the multitude of new rules include ones concerning the minimum wage, paid sick leave and spousal support. If you are currently employed, run a business and/or are getting a divorce, get the details.

What to know about splitting a business in a divorce

Many Michigan couples raced to divorce before the end of 2018. At the start of 2019, a new law went into effect that limits how much alimony spouses can write off on their taxes. 

Now that 2019 is here, there are many additional considerations to bear in mind for couples who want to divorce. The complexity of the process will vary on a litany of factors. The proceedings become complicated if one or both spouses own a business. Individuals who own businesses need to be proactive, which means they should create a prenuptial agreement prior to the marriage to protect business-related assets. 

3 child custody myths to avoid

The divorce process can generate a lot of stress and confusion for anyone. To make matters worse, you may hear or read many types of incorrect information about some crucial matters.

One area rife with misinformation is that of how child custody works. It is important to get the facts straight if you want to act in the best interests of yourself and your children. 

Is your employer using E-Verify to discriminate against you?

If you have seen a news broadcast in the last couple of years, you know immigration is a hot issue in the U.S. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 prohibits employers from intentionally hiring individuals who lack legal authorization to work in the country. To determine whether workers have authorization, most employers must complete I-9 forms. 

Some employers choose to take the employment verification process to another level. E-Verify is an electronic program that uses several databases to verify employment eligibility. If your employer participates in the program, however, you must be certain you do not become the victim of discrimination. If you think your employer has used E-Verify incorrectly, you may need to act quickly to assert your legal rights

3 things that cannot go in a prenup

Prenuptial agreements have been around for a while. However, there has been a drastic increase in the number of engaged couples seeking them out in recent years. Millennials appear to be more conscious of the possibility of divorce, and they have driven the surge of prenups. 

Prenups are incredibly useful, but there are limitations. While no one wants to think of divorce before marriage, it is vital to remain aware of the risks. People can be ready just in case, and that includes knowing what items cannot go into a prenup. 

Grandparents' Rights: Plowing The Road To Grandma's House

As we enter the holiday season, it's not uncommon to be reminded of the lyrics of a timeless children's song

"Over the river and through the woods, 
To Grandfather's house we go; 
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!"

Unfortunately, situations such as a contentious divorce can throw up roadblocks on that well-worn path. 

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