Random blog posts on law-related topics that I think are interesting.

Unemployment benefits and offers of work in the COVID-19 era

By Jack E. Cohoon, Esq. Attorney at Law With the loosening of COVID-19-related restrictions, some employers are reopening and recalling their employees back to work. Employees may wonder whether they will lose their unemployment insurance benefits if they refuse their employers’ offer of work. Under normal circumstances, a worker is ineligible for benefits for failure […]

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Health care workers’ rights in the fight against COVID-19

By Grant Burnette LeFever, Esq. Attorney at Law Last updated April 9, 2020 As South Carolina hospitals brace for a surge of COVID-19 patients, workplace safety and health is a growing concern for health-care workers on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. A nationwide shortage of N95 […]

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Leave Provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Jack E. Cohoon, Esq. Attorney at Law The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201, was signed into law on March 18, 2020. This law includes a broad array of policy responses across federal agencies to the coronavirus pandemic. This is a general overview of two parts of the FFCRA—the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act […]

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Co-parenting through COVID-19

By Amanda S. Mueller Family Law Attorney Under normal circumstances, divorce and co-parenting can be a struggle.  Uncertain times like we are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic can make the struggle worse.  On the other hand, it could also be an opportunity for divorced parents to put things into perspective and put petty squabbles and […]

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Getting a criminal record expunged in South Carolina

By Maya Weeks Second-Year Law Student When I apply for a job in South Carolina, do I have to tell my potential employer that I have a criminal arrest or conviction if those records were expunged? The short answer is  “no.”  A change in South Carolina law now makes it clear that effective December 28, […]

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What parents and grandparents need to know about grandparents’ rights

By Sarah J. M. Cox Attorney at law Grandparents can play important and vital roles in their grandchildren’s lives. Many people grow up extremely close to their grandparents.  On the other hand, grandparents and parents can clash on many issues, including how best to raise grandchildren. Over the past 50 years, the issue of grandparents’ […]

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Questions about tree trimming and the law can be complicated, McDaniel tells group

It’s not often that we get to experience “full circle” moments in life, but Kathleen McDaniel recently experienced a wonderful moment, connecting professionally with friends and co-workers from her life before the practice of law. Before Kathleen went to law school, she worked as an environmental educator in the City of Charleston’s Department of Parks […]

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SC Pregnancy Accommodations Act: What it means to employees and employers

By Grant Burnette LeFever Juris Doctor In May 2018, South Carolina took what many would describe as an uncharacteristically progressive step in joining 22 other states and the District of Columbia in providing statutory protection for pregnancy and childbirth. Notably, South Carolina is the first Southern state to do so. The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations […]

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What to do if your egg salad sandwich tries to kill you

By Sarah J.M. Cox Law Clerk A new outbreak of Salmonella, which has sickened dozens of people, has been traced to a farm in North Carolina, causing recalls of eggs sold in several states, including South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has a helpful website with information about what to […]

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Malissa on Weed: Legalized Marijuana and Employer Drug Testing

By M. Malissa Burnette Attorney at Law It’s Weed Day 2018! Marijuana is no longer perceived as the threat to all humanity portrayed in the 1936 propaganda film “Reefer Madness”. That iconic work, now viewed as laughable, was a melodramatic marvel depicting teenagers lured to using marijuana then driven to insanity, mayhem and murder. On […]

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