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How Independent Contractors Can Secure and Protect Copyright Interests in Works Made for Hire

In general, the creator of a work — whether it is musical, verbal, visual, digital or another form — is entitled to the copyright. However, federal law makes exceptions for “works made for hire.” These are works created by employees during the course of their employment or by independent contractors. In those cases, the employer Read More

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Can an At-Will Employee Be Fired for Engaging in a Political Protest?

Most people have strong opinions regarding politics — and sometimes the topic can be difficult to avoid in the workplace. If you express your views at your job or by participating in a political protest, you may be wondering if you can be legally terminated by your employer in retaliation. Although the First Amendment provides Read More

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Coronavirus Relief Bill Temporarily Expands Family and Medical Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), enacted as part of the national response to COVID-19, requires employers to allow employees expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to the coronavirus. The new law temporarily expands the reach of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which applies to all private employers with at Read More

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When Can a Worker Sue for Defamation?

Your ability to earn a livelihood depends in large part on your reputation, which can be heavily based on what your present and previous employers or clients say about you. If you believe that anyone connected with your career made disparaging remarks that hurt your prospects for a job or a promotion, you may be Read More

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Avoiding Claims of Illegal Termination of At-Will Employees

Most employment is at-will, meaning the employer generally has the right to discharge an employee at any time for any reason or for no reason at all. However, a termination or other job action cannot violate protections against unlawful discrimination or retaliation. Federal laws prohibit employment actions based on an individual’s sex, religion, age, race, Read More

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How Can Kentucky Employers Use Arrest and Conviction Records?

Job hunting can be difficult for a person with a criminal record. There are federal and state protections that can make matters a little easier for these individuals. In Kentucky, job applicants do not have to disclose any expunged records on their employment applications. However, the state does not prohibit employers from considering arrests and Read More

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