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  • Same-Sex Marriage & Social Security

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 29-Jun-2015

    This past Friday, the United States became the 21 st nation and the most populated country to legalize same-sex marriage. Although gay marriage has been a divisive issue and will likely continue to spark political conflict, it is now legal in all 50 states, including Nevada. With the legalization of same-sex marriage, gay married couples will now become eligible for many federal benefits. Same-sex ...
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  • The Type of Music You Listen To Could Increase Your Risk of Crashing, Study Says

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 25-Jun-2015

    Distracted driving can encompass a wide range of behaviors and distractions, ranging from talking or texting on cell phones to personal grooming. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one of the most common forms of driver distraction is listening to music. In a recent study conducted by an Israeli music psychologist, the type of music can also play a ...
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  • Samsung Tests Video Displays on the Backs of Trucks to Improve Safety

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 23-Jun-2015

    Samsung - the Korean based tech company - has been a leader in developing new technology to make our lives simpler. With their most recent efforts and reports that the company is looking to place video displays on the backs of commercial trucks, Samsung is also looking to make our lives safer. Here is some information about the project: Samsung has announced the development and testing of video ...
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  • Uber Driver is an Employee, California Labor Commission Rules

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 17-Jun-2015

    In a ruling from the Golden State, the California Labor Commission found that a San Francisco-based Uber driver should be classified as an employee of the rise-hailing company, rather than an independent contractor. The ruling could set a precedent during a time when ride-hailing services are becoming increasingly popular. Here are some details about the ruling: The ruling, made in March and ...
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  • Social Security Military Credits

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 15-Jun-2015

    The Social Security Administration has amended some of their regulations as they pertain to military service. Their new bulletin, which can be viewed at the Social Security Administration website, will help explain how your military service can apply to your Social Security retirement or disability. Active duty service between 1957 and 2001 has been amended to allow for extra earning to be ...
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  • Takata Launches Largest Auto Recall in U.S. History

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 8-Jun-2015

    Over the past year and a half, auto industry recalls have been garnering a lot of attention. From GM’s ignition switch defect to faulty gas tanks, there have been a number of issues and dangerous defects to threaten the safety of everyone on public roads and highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these dangerous products contributed to a ...
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  • Clear and Unmistakable Error & VA Disability Claims

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 5-Jun-2015

    According to a story released by CBS/AP, the Veterans Affairs claims office in Oakland, CA has lost more than 14,000 claims, potentially opening the VA to thousands of Clear and Unmistakable Error (CUE) appeals. Clear and unmistakable error appeals are generally rare cases, where a claimant is denied in the claims process for reasons that were completely beyond their control. In these types of ...
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  • Nevada Lawmakers Pass Uber Authorization Bill, Taxi Cab Seat Belt Provision

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 2-Jun-2015

    Last month, the Nevada Legislature passed a bill to regulate Uber, Lyft, and other similar ride-hailing companies. Assembly Bill 175 will create a number of regulations for these ride-hailing services and a three percent tax on fares for companies, taxis, and limo services that is expected to raise millions in new revenue. The measure will also require drivers to continuously provide insurance of ...
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  • Labor Department Pushes Reductions to Workers' Comp for Federal Employees

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 1-Jun-2015

    The U.S. Department of Labor has recently proposed changes that would reduce workers’ compensation for federal employees. The proposed changes - which are creating a rift among political parties - were prompted by the concerns of some who believe that workers’ comp benefits are “too generous” and that they can discourage employees from returning to work. Here are some ...
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