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Though Congress has just passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, there are still many employees across the country who are not receiving the expanded medical and family leave that they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Understanding paid sick leave is even more important that ever in light of the moment we’re living in. Paid sick leave isn’t federally mandated. Rather, the laws are created on a state-by-state basis. To help you better understand it, here is a map of U.S. states that offer mandatory paid sick leave to employees who qualify.

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Being pulled over by the police almost always is a stressful situation, one that can sometimes lead to harmful and sometimes deadly situations. It is important to know your rights as a private citizen in order to reduce risk to yourself. Though de-escalation should be the job of law enforcement officers, it’s not safe to assume that police officers will act in a way that protects your rights or your safety. This article is designed to provide the best way to calmly handle being pulled over by the police while asserting your rights.

Know your rights

  • If you are a…
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Photo Credit: US-Mexico border by Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño via Flickr

According to reporting from the Associated Press., new government data has shown that in 2019, the U.S. held nearly 70,000 migrant children in government child custody.

Compared to 2018’s fiscal year, that number is up by 42%. Researchers at the United Nations have stated that this means that out of every country, the U.S. has the highest number of children currently separated from their parents. Of the approximate 69,550 children recorded to be in government custody in 2019, 4,000 still remain in custody as of this month. Meanwhile, more detained children and teens are arriving at government facilities on a…

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With summer temperatures reaching new highs each year along the West Coast, especially in California, fire season has seemingly become a normal part of the annual calendar. Use the resources listed below along with the following safety tips to help you and your family avoid any personal injuries, burn injuries or unnecessary property damage.

Wildfire survivor shares his personal story

Linked below is a guide provided by Nationwide Insurance, which is designed to help you protect your property from wildfires.

Southern California Wildfire Mitigation Guide:

https://static.nationwide.com/static/NPR-0643CA-protect-your-property-so-cal.pdf?r=55

Prepare

  • Find several ways to safely leave the area in case of a wildfire. Find and map route local shelters…

Discover the interesting history and facts behind the end-of-summer holiday.

A labor day parade float in 1960 in NYC
A labor day parade float in 1960 in NYC

The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in NYC

The very first Labor Day was held during a time when most Americans worked 12 hours a day, six days a week. According to americaslibrary.gov, the new holiday was “celebrated with a picnic, concert and speeches. Ten thousand workers marched in a parade from City Hall to Union Square.” It was shortly after the first celebration that Congress officially scheduled the holiday for the first Monday in September. …

The appearance of electric scooters in major cities across the globe in the past several years has been well documented. Many view this new mode of transportation as relatively simple to use, easily accessible, and a great way to get around town in a rush.

The scooter craze hasn’t come without its share of problems. Multiple crashes leading to injuries and even death have occurred ever since the first rental devices arrived on public streets. …

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If you or a loved one suspect you may have a concussion, it’s important to quickly and correctly identify symptoms and decide on a treatment. Mental and physical rest is vital for reducing the risks of further trauma to the brain. Though the following steps offer good advice, seek the help of a trained medical professional if you believe you or someone you know has suffered serious head trauma or possible brain injury.

It can often take between 24–48 hours for serious problems to appear following a head injury. …

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Bicycle-involved crashes that result in injury or death often occur due to easily avoidable mistakes. Recently, a rising number of non-motorists accidents have occurred along the coast of southern California. This begs the question, how can cyclists stay safe on the road this summer? Here is a list of top safety tips.

Go With the Flow.

It’s important to ride in the same direction of traffic. Make sure to go with the flow rather than against it whenever you’re on the road.

Obey Traffic Laws.

Just because a bicycle doesn’t have a motor doesn’t mean it isn’t a vehicle. Follow…

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Following their historic win of the 2019 World Cup, the US women’s national soccer team took a victory lap via a celebratory parade surrounded by masses of adoring fans in the streets of NYC. Through the whirlwind of brightly colored confetti, popping champagne and carefree dancing, a strong message was still very clear: achieving equal pay and fighting against gender discrimination is the greatest goal of all for these champions.

In March of 2019, 28 members of the US team filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation regarding the large pay gap that divides the men’s and women’s national…

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Looking to go on a road trip with the family this summer? You might want to do some research before you choose your final destination. New information has been released by Wallethub detailing the best and worst American cities to drive in.

The study looked at 100 cities with the densest populations and ranked them by four factors: safety, traffic and infrastructure, access to vehicles/maintenance and cost of ownership.

1. Detroit, Mich.

Though Detroit is synonymous with the automobile industry, this once booming industrial city is actually not a welcoming place for drivers. It ranked second to last in Wallethub’s…

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