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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Hawaii on
Q: Can Canadian citizens leave and return to the US if they are in the process of a visitor visa extension?

I am a Canadian citizen and have been in the US for just over 12 months. I have applied for a visitor visa extension before my 6 months expiration date and was given a biometrics interview, however, at the time my daughter's passport expired and we had COVID and we re-scheduled the... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on Oct 1, 2022

There is something odd about this situation. Usually those who file for an I-539 extension are not required to do biometrics. I sense that the wrong form was filed out, but more information is needed!

Canadians usually have a unique relationship with the U.S. The entry is often viewed as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Health Care Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: What recourse toward hospital not living up to father's living will in PR? How do we take him off life support?

My father has been in residence at La Casa Del Veterano in Juana Diaz for many years along with my mom. Sept 24/25 he was taken to Hospital San Cristobal for problems with Covid, where they were told and then provided with a living will by my aunt. They said because it was created in the US, it... Read more »

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Sep 29, 2022

The Puerto Rico Notary Law, Public Law No. 75 of July 2, 1987, as amended, requires that legal documents authorized by notary publics in the U.S. be legalized by the government institution that authorizes the commission of notary publics in that state. Then, said document should be protocolized by... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for California on
Q: I was denied Rent help from an organization because I didn’t look like she wanted a person. Asking for help to look l

I have been ignored have contacted the city of Santa Ana supervisor,congressman ,program supervisor other programs and nothing

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

Different legal aid clinics have received grant funding recently to help those persons harmed by the pandemic. Maybe you should speak with a clinic in your area. If they can't help you, I'm sure they'll be able to connect you with local resources. Good luck. [I litigate cases.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Are employers allowed to force and administer a Covid 19 test
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 21, 2022

No, but they can make it a condition of continued employment under many circumstances. If such a test is “job related and consistent with business necessity,” the employer can require a COVID-19 test as a condition of continued employment. This is largely being interpreted as meaning will the... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Hello. I’m seeking advice on religious exemption from employers’ vaccination requirement for employment in California.

Currently, I’m in the process of being hired by an airline. According to the airline, “Where permitted by applicable law, must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered for a U.S.- based job, if not currently employed by XXXXX Airlines. ”... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Sep 19, 2022

There is simply too many questions in your post to be able to give a competent answer in this short answer forum.

A few things can be said.

First, any company can have a vaccination mandate if it wishes to maintain and enforce one.

Second, the Supreme Court only said the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: How does one find a local attorney for a class action 25+ work related, personal injury.

My coworkers and I were placed in harm and contracted the Covid-19 disease causing significant illness.(Hospitalizations) This was as a result of documented and substantiated negligence on their part. How can one find an attorney to take on a case such as this one.

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace
answered on Sep 14, 2022

This attorney doesn't exist because such a claim cannot exist. Work-related injury MUST go to the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. Work-related losses filed in Superior Court as a class-action or personal injury will be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Superior Court judges are not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Can I take my boss to court?They continue to retaliate against me for medical issues even when they are excused by A DR

I’ve been with this company 2.5 years. I worked 5+ days a week with the “best” and busiest shift. Then, I got covid. My boss continued to harass me to leave my quarantine to buy an at home test even though I provided a positive covid test from the DR 1 day before. When I refused to leave my... Read more »

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Aug 12, 2022

It is illegal to retaliate against you for taking a protected medical leave, such as taking away your shifts or giving you less desirable shifts. If you have paid sick leave or your employer has at least 5 employees, your short term medical leave is likely protected.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Can i still collect covid 19 employee benefits for the time i worked for a company tested positive for covid

I was working for a company had tested positive for covid so was out of work for a week. I never collected my covid sick pay benefits. When i was well i decided not to go back to work for this company since my dr said i can easily catch it again working where i work. You see i worked for the dump... Read more »

Maya L. Serkova
Maya L. Serkova
answered on Aug 10, 2022

In theory, you may be eligible to collect your Covid sick pay retroactively; however, the exact answer will depend on the timeframe you worked for your former employer and whether your employer is subject to the 2022 COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law.

Covered employees in the public...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Can my employer make me get Covid tested weekly even if I don’t have symptoms? I am unvacc. and only one getting tested

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Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
answered on Aug 4, 2022

I don't believe there is anything suspect about this procedure, more information could tip the scales. The EEOC has published guidance on this and on mandatory vaccinations.

I would be curious to hear what an infectious disease physician would say. But from my perspective, on the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Washington DC on
Q: What law can I use for the Dist. of Columbia to be able to use religious exemption from the Covid vaccine for my child?

This is for my child to be able to attend school this month.

Matthew T. Famiglietti
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Matthew T. Famiglietti
answered on Aug 3, 2022

You would need to get medical documentation from your child's doctor stating the child has a disability that prevents him or her from receiving the covid shot safely. I am attaching the exemption: https://osse.dc.gov/release/osse-encourages-families-receive-required-immunizations. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Health Care Law for Illinois on
Q: Is there a place where I can file for monetary support while, I am unable to work while I am sick with covid .
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 30, 2022

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It could depend on your work situation, disability situation, financial eligibility for programs, and other possible factors. Employment law and disability law attorneys might have better insight into this - you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: I was fired for no call no show. It's been more than 72 hours and they haven't paid or mailed my check

I had covid but I didn't call in so I was terminated for no call no show on 7/26. I contacted my ex employer and was told that I could pick up my check on 8/1 or it would be mailed to me. Isn't there a 72 hour law that the employer must abide by

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Jul 29, 2022

Waiting time penalties accrue when you separate from your job. Your employer has to pay all wages the day you are terminated or within 3 days if you quit. For each day the employer is late, you are entitled to 1 days wages as a penalty up to a max of 30 days. The statute of limitations for waiting... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Assuming there is enough evidence to substantiate my claims. Is my ex-girlfriend accountable in any way for tearing our

child's amniotic membrane 8 weeks early to get on FMLA at work? and then for going out of her way to maliciously infect me with covid, and then for falsely accusing me of PPO and stalking when I asked to see my child too many times? How do I hold someone like this accountable? and how do I... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 21, 2022

If it is a crime you are alleging she committed, then you can certainly contact the police and make a report; it's likely they will say this is a family / civil matter and stay out of it.

Is there a current PPO? You need to file an objection and have a hearing about that. Until then,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can my landlord enter my apartment to do an inspection if I test positive for COVID-19?
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jul 18, 2022

Generally, as long as your landlord has given you a written 24 hour notice to inspect the property, yes they can enter. However, you can decline as long as you are reasonable. You cannot completely deny them accessible and your landlord cannot harrass you or request to inspect the premises at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Indiana on
Q: My parents parents bought a property in Indiana through land contract. Both passed away, they were only ones in contract

The house was completely remodeled by us. We spent 40,000 dollars during two years we lived there. Bought home for 60,000 back in 2018. Moved to AZ while still paying property. PARENTS TRIED TO GET THE Approval FROM OWNERS TO HAVE THE HOUSE PAID OFF BY PARENTS GETTING A MORGAGE LOAN AND PAYING... Read more »

Michael Ray Smith
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Michael Ray Smith
answered on Jul 4, 2022

I am not sure I completely understand everything that has happened or the current situation, but under Indiana law, the seller under a valid land contract cannot take the property back except through a foreclosure. The property is sold, the seller is paid the rest of what is owed under the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Construction Law and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Covid Vaccine Mandate - Booster

I was recently hired at a Construction Firm and provide covid vaccine card. Today I recieved an email from HR stating that i do not have the booster. There is nothing on the employee hand book nor nothing in the interview stating that the employment requirement that mandates covid vaccine for... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Jun 29, 2022

You get the booster. If you refuse to do what your employer wants, you get fired. It is that simple. Sorry.

Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Employer breaks OSHA laws, rules from employee handbook, plus bribes, threats etc. Do I have a case?

Employed at a franchisee owned chain restaurant for 3 years. I work 100+ hours per week, 7 days and at times it is with incorrect or missing OT pay. I work 12-16 hrs/day with no breaks and threats of termination if I call off. I have been bribed, threatened with termination, accused of stealing,... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on May 30, 2022

Your post suggests that you have multiple claims against your employer. If you wish to pursue those claims, you should locate and consult with an employment law attorney who can learn more about your situation and plot out your path.

As to OSHA violations you can report those directly to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: Can I sue the hospital for medical negligence due to the sudden death of my mother-in-law who had Covid -19?

My 70-year-old mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly earlier this year after being admitted to our local hospital twice within a week. At the time of her passing, she was suffering from COPD, had a heart stent, was on long-term opioid for more than 30 years among other health problems. In the last... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 9, 2022

This is something a Florida attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for four weeks. I'm very sorry for your family's loss and the ordeal your mother-in-law went through. As a general observation, the matter could have elements that make for a difficult case. Hospital... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Health Care Law for California on
Q: Is it legal for A Jobs HR try to obtain personal doctor records for an employee?

Back in January of 2022 I got extremely sick from Covid. Which I got tested and I had a note from a doctor stating I can’t return until further notice. I wasn’t able to obtain my test results until almost a week later. When I called to get my results they told me they weren’t ready. HR had... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Apr 28, 2022

Your employer is only allowed to know that your doctor is treating you, what restrictions you have, and what reasonable accommodations would address your condition. Your employer is not allowed to know anything else about your medical conditions or history, including your diagnosis, symptoms or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Arizona on
Q: What are our options if our health insurance denied a $28,000 air ambulance claim stating it was medically unnecessary?

In August 2021, my spouse was evaluated in our rural/local emergency room. It was determined he had Covid pneumonia and needed to be admitted but the hospital was full. A bed was found in a location 3 hours away. We have emergency helicopter insurance, so they were arranged for the transport.... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 25, 2022

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. Given the $28,000 at stake, this is probably something on which you may want to consider seeking the guidance of an Arizona attorney. Health care claims can involve state-specific health, insurance, and consumer... Read more »

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