Author: Melissa Thompson

Subordinate Sues Former Mercer County Prosecutor

Sexual harassment is never acceptable, and it is illegal in the workplace. This includes situations where the harasser is a supervisor or boss. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to “fight back” in these situations. Former Mercer County Prosecutor, Joseph Bocchini, was well-known for making the occasionally crude or off-the-cuff remark, but his subordinate, known only as Jane Doe, has filed a complaint against him for sexual harassment for more than just a few stray comments. The woman, who worked for the prosecutor’s office for roughly 19 years, reports that she was subjected to unwanted sexual advances and sexual comments from the former prosecutor on a regular basis. The comments allegedly included things like “Bang me at your leisure,” “F**king leather-I love it,” and “I’m wearing your favorite cologne.” He also reportedly made comments about the woman’s body parts as well. The woman also reported that Bocchini engaged in unwanted touching and forced himself on her. She states that the former prosecutor also committed assault and battery in participating in this type of practice. Apparently, the actions started in 2003, when Bocchini acquired direct supervisory over the woman. The advances continued even after the woman told him to stop. Accusations and Investigations Former Prosecutor Bocchini retired in March 2015, and allegations of sexual harassment surfaced just a month later. An anonymous letter was sent to The Trentonian that contained...

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Creative Estate Planning: Life Estates in California

Estate planning often involves a great deal of creativity. Virtually any type of planning that you could hope to do after you are gone can be accomplished through the imaginative use of various estate planning tools. Whether you want to leave your children certain items or you want to provide your heirs part of their inheritance now, an estate planning attorney can help. Hugh Hefner, the billionaire owner of Playboy, is an example of this creativity at work. Hugh Hefner’s Creative Planning Built in 1929, the Playboy Mansion includes 29 rooms, and is worth approximately $100 million. It is located in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California. It is near Beverly Hills, and has been the home to hundreds of lavish parties. It is a well-known property with an extensive reputation. In January 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported that Hugh Hefner is currently living in the Mansion, but he no longer owns the property. In the summer of 2016, Daren Metropoulos, an investor, purchased the Playboy Mansion for $100 million. However, he bought the Mansion with a provision that Mr. Hefner would be permitted to live in the home for the remainder of his life. Currently, he is 90-years-old, and is leasing the Mansion for $1 million per year. Life Estates in Southern California The arrangement that Mr. Hefner has with Mr. Metropoulos is not completely uncommon in Southern...

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Dialogue Opens Between India and US Lawmakers on HB1 Visa

Tensions are high as US President Donald Trump threatens to alter immigration policy that could affect H1B visa holders. Recently, a dialogue was opened between representatives of Indian interests and eight US delegates in order to resolve conflicts that could arise because of new policy implementation. The US delegates and US interests were overseen by congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and both sides seemed relieved after talks opened. An anonymous official commented on the meeting: “US-India has a good relationship historically. India and US complement and supplement each other in several areas, especially with Indian talent adding value to US firms, and the biggest examples are Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.” The H1B visa is typically held by experienced workers in specialty occupations, and because 65 percent of India’s $155 billion IT revenue is comprised of American accounts, businesses and employees in both countries are concerned for the future. In fact, Indian IT makes up 9.3% of GDP, employing millions of people. Mr. Trump believes that the overseas Indian IT business is a threat to American jobs, and a reduction in the number of visas issued could relieve pressure on the American workforce. A reduction in unemployment or increased middle class prosperity would put the Trump administration on the map for a win, which many critics say is sorely needed after his recent immigration ban from...

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Procrastination: Genuine Laziness or Behavioral Concern?

We’ve all been there. Telling ourselves we were gonna do this, that or the other thing…RIGHT after we were done with whatever often less important thing we were doing in that moment. Finish (let’s be honest…start) our homework after watching one last episode of our favorite TV show. Go to the gym after playing that last game on our phone. Some of us even fight with ourselves to stop hitting the snooze button in the morning. Why is it that so many of us are subconsciously setting ourselves up for stress-inducing situations where we panic and rush through whatever it is we need to finish? We all know we could lose our job for being late, yet so many of us give into the “five more minutes” temptation so often and cause ourselves to rush through our laundry list of morning activities: getting showered, getting dressed, getting our supplies together…some of us end up taking unnecessary driving risks…all for the sake of a few extra minutes of shuteye. It makes you wonder if the payoff is worth the hassle afterward. So, is it simply a matter of laziness? Is humanity as a whole lacking discipline in getting things done and falling prey to losing track of time with meaningless activities? Or is there something deeper to it? Perhaps a reason that could explain why so many of us have...

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5 Details To Tighten Up In Your Latest Business Venture

Big ideas, when it comes to business, are great, but it’s often the details that are going to make or break a venture. And that’s why you should take a step back regularly and go through the small stuff to make sure that you aren’t getting lost in the big stuff. A few examples of ways to tighten up your business dealings include tuning up your customer relationship management, cleaning up your social media presence, updating your SEO goals, looking for big data financial trends, and being sure that the details allow you to bend and flex, without breaking. Tune Up Your CRM With the way that certain types of employees come and go, and the ebb and flow of personalities and work habits on any work team, customer relationship management can take a hit when it comes to consistency. That’s why it’s important to look at details of CRM on a regular basis to make sure you’re handling present and future customers with the right kind of approach and ensuring that you haven’t lost the personal touch when it comes to clients. The backlash from poor CRM can be so crushing that it can even put companies out of business! Clean Up Your Social Media Presence With the focus that you put on your businesses professional appearance on a virtual level, sometimes you forget how important social media...

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4 Reasons Employers Let Employees Work from Home

Some people enjoy commuting to the office every day, seeing their coworkers, and collaborating on projects. However, many other professionals would prefer to work from home – at least part of the time. If you’re looking for ways to improve your workforce, consider these four reasons to let employees stay home to work. Sell It as a Perk Employees might find themselves drawn to your company if you list working from home as a job benefit. New parents, for instance, can stay home longer with their infants, which increases bonding time and reduces stress. Workers who live on the other side of town from your office don’t have to fight rush hour every day, and employees can set their own hours from the comfort of their own living rooms. When you advertise telecommuting as a job perk, mention how often employees can work from home. You might allow it every Friday, for instance. Many companies allow employees to work from home permanently. Improve Employee Productivity Since employees don’t have to deal with stress at the office, they often become more productive when they’re allowed to work from home. They can relax in comfort, set up their own workspaces, and keep their own hours. Since they’re not distracted by water-cooler chatter or ringing telephones, their concentration doesn’t get broken as often. This is especially true for introverts. This personality type...

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Payday Loan Alternatives When You Have a Side Hustle and You Lost Your Job

Losing your job can put you in a tough spot, especially if you don’t have a large emergency fund built up to cover your expenses while you get back on your feet. While a side hustle can help you come up with cash in the meantime, it’s not always enough. One common loan option people in desperate times often go with is a payday loan. These loans carry very high interest rates, but they’re easy to obtain and you can often get money the same day. However, those interest rates make these a poor solution as anything other than a last resort, and you may not even be able to get a payday loan without a steady paycheck. If you’re in dire straits, here are a few payday loan alternatives to consider: Personal Loans If you have a solid credit score and you’re bringing in enough cash through your side hustle, you may still qualify for a personal loan. There are several different places where you can apply for a personal loan, including: Banks Credit unions Peer-to-peer lending sites Of those options, peer-to-peer lending sites are the most flexible regarding minimum lending requirements, but you’ll still need a decent credit score and steady income. If you can obtain a personal loan through a bank, credit union or a peer-to-peer lending site, it’s one of your better options, as these...

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Aircraft Basic Maintenance Practices

Even the most experienced professionals in the aviation industry need to remind themselves from time to time of the few basics of aviation maintenance. Maintenance involves inspection, overhaul, upkeep, repair and preservation of the aircraft and engine. The replacement of parts in accordance with FAA is also included in the maintenance equation. The owner or operator of the aircraft is responsible for its maintenance and engine safety. The Pilot The pilot should ensure that the aircraft is in great condition for flight. He should also have valid certificates of registration and airworthiness should be displayed inside the aircraft during all flying operations. The pilot should also ensure that there is an FAA-approved flight manual inside the aircraft and that he remains updated on current regulations that concern the maintenance and operation of the aircraft and engine. Maintenance Maintenance requirements are usually different for various aircrafts. The FAA rules require most aircrafts to undergo some kind of preventive maintenance after flying for 25 hours. Minor maintenance should also be done at least every 100 hours. There are also preventive and progressive maintenance that need to be done, depending on the manufacturer’s set requirements. Inspections An annual inspection has to be done every year by any of the following: a certified mechanic with inspection authorization, a well-rated certified repair station, or an expert from the aircraft manufacturer. Any kind of passenger...

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Lawyer Goes Viral for Removing Anti-Semitic Graffiti on New York Subway

On February 4, 2017, a local New York attorney posted the events of the evening on his Facebook page. Little did he know that his actions would spark a huge sharing and support within just a few days. In fact, his post would end up going viral in under a week. Gregory Locke’s Facebook post described his ride on the New York subway on the evening of February 4, 2016. He boarded a Bronx bound No. 1 train and immediately noticed that someone had drawn Swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti in several places on the train car. He attempted to wipe it off, hoping that it was just dry erase marker, but the markings were made with permanent marker. A gentleman nearby saw Locke’s efforts and noted that he thought the writing could be removed with hand sanitizer. The 27-year-old attorney asked fellow passengers if anyone had any hand sanitizer with them. Locke reported, “I’ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purell. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.” Locke’s story expresses two underlying thoughts-concern that these hate-filled actions are taking place at all and admiration for those like Locke who are taking action. Concerning Trends from Extremist Groups Unfortunately, the writing that Locke experienced has become more common based on the political unrest caused by the...

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Rowan Wilson Confirmed to New York High Court

Rowan Wilson is a corporate lawyer who specializes in antitrust, intellectual property, and civil rights law. He appeared at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee in early February for questioning related to his nomination for the New York Court of Appeals by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Wilson has never served as a judge before. Instead, he has represented many individuals and big name corporations, including IBM and Time Warner. He was unanimously confirmed in early February. Questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee The Committee Chair John Bonacic asked questions related to Wilson’s experience and character at a hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee in early February. He asked Wilson specifically about his temperament. Wilson noted that the New York State Bar Association told him that no one said anything bad about him when it reviewed his nomination, but Wilson did offer some unique criticism of his own. Wilson worked at a prestigious New York City law firm for roughly 30 years. He noted that during that time, his colleagues expressed concern that he was not “yelling at anyone,” taking his good nature as a sign that he did not care enough about his job. Wilson explained that yelling at people is just “part of [his] make up.” Of course, it is good quality for a judge who must make rational and well-reasoned decisions. Wilson has been described as “low-key...

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