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You don't deserve to be harassed for making a rational parental choice

This article, "Motherhood in the Age of Fear", by Kim Brooks is long overdue.  I have previously blogged about the irrational fears of modern American parents, and the harm we do by not letting our kids explore. (See blog post, "Let us teach our children to be curious and independent", April 17, 2018). But now we come to a related but different issue, the classic normal experience of leaving young kids in a car unattended. This is not about giving kids opportunities. It is about whether we expect parents to constantly watch young children or whether a short wait in a car while the parent pops into the store is permitted.

Can my employer fire me for using medical marijuana?

Marijuana, medical and otherwise, is causing a pattern of indecision among employers. Historically, most employers require a drug test before hiring candidates. Some also do spot tests during employment or following a safety incident. But as the number of medical marijuana card carriers increases, Michigan employers face whether to remain zero-tolerance or create progressive rules for drug policies.

Lesson From Our Past: Walk Humbly

I represent a client in Massachusetts and I took a day to see a bit of Boston. The Old North Church held a lantern to warn of the British troops headed to destroy Rebel gunpowder stores in Concord in April 1775. Paul Revere got the message to the militia in Lexington who temporarily stopped them by starting the Revolutionary War. (We lost that battle but won the War)

#MeToo includes #AllOfUs

The #MeToo movement started in 2017 with a group of actresses coming forward about the misdeeds of movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Most observers would agree that one of the most positive results has been that the long-existing issue of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace against women is now high in the public consciousness. It's important to acknowledge, however, that women alone don't make up the victim population.

Workers are becoming less empowered

The author of this piece "The Roberts Court Protects the Powerful for a New Gilded Age" by Jedediah Purdy, a professor at Duke Law School, puts recent Supreme Court decisions in stark terms. Workers are becoming less empowered, and the Supreme Court is actually removing the power of state governments to do something about it. Moreover, the Court is reading contracts in insane ways that strip workers of rights. I agree with the author's assessment. 

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