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Tuesday, 26 February 2019
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The Keys to the Courtroom: The South Dakota Supreme Court Explains the Necessity of Expert Witnesses

When it comes to litigation, everything must be properly supported. What document supports what fact? Who can testify to what occurrence? The South Dakota Supreme Court recently made one thing clearer in Cooper v. Brownell: you are not an expert…
Friday, 15 February 2019
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Gun Safety in Schools

A new report from the nation’s largest education unions and the nation’s largest gun safety organization indicates that arming school district staff "increases risk and is overall an ineffective solution to gun violence." The report comes out amid a previous…
Friday, 08 February 2019
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If at First You Don’t Even Try: Eighth Circuit Revisits if Failure to Reinstate Can Revive Employment Discrimination Claim

In the realm of employment discrimination, there are strict time bars to bringing claims of discrimination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or its state equivalent. When those deadlines are missed, employees will sometimes attempt to seek reinstatement in…
Friday, 25 January 2019
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McKee v. Reuter: The First Amendment Does Not Permit Employment Termination Based on Political Affiliation

Jeanette McKee was a chief deputy clerk for the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Missouri. In 2014, she ran as a candidate to replace the outgoing clerk of court. Her opponent in the race, Michael Reuter, was ultimately elected. During…
Thursday, 24 January 2019
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#MeToo Still Going Strong: EEOC Releases FY 2018 Sexual Harassment Data

By now, everyone is aware of the #MeToo movement, which began in October 2017 as a backlash against sexual harassment and sexual assault in Hollywood and the entertainment industry. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), created as part of the…
Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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IRS says: Making large gifts now will not harm estates after 2025

The IRS recently announced that individuals taking advantage of the increased exclusion amounts will not be adversely impacted when the exclusion amount is scheduled to drop to the levels they were at prior to 2018. The exclusion amount has been…
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
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SD New Annual Increase On Minimum Wage Has Been Announced

Just announced, the new South Dakota Minimum Wage for 2019 is increasing 25 cents per hour. The new rate of $9.10 per hour is up from $8.85 in 2018. The new rate becomes effective on January 1, 2019. South Dakota's…
Thursday, 15 November 2018
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Legal Insights: Probate – What is it, and should I seek to avoid it?

Clients often come into my office for estate planning meetings and tell me they wish to avoid probate. Often, these clients have had a bad experience with a long, expensive, and emotionally charged probate proceeding that occurred after the death…
Thursday, 08 November 2018
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USDE Issues New Title IX Rules

Higher Education Alert! Last Friday the United States Department of Education released proposed new federal regulations in connection with Title IX, the 1972 civil rights legislation designed to prohibit sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs. The new rules are…
Thursday, 01 November 2018
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Signs you should update your estate plan

When Should I Update My Estate Plan? It’s a good feeling – finishing up something important that you have been meaning to do for years. That’s how our clients often feel after we finish signing their estate planning documents, whether…
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