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1108, 2017

Martin Shkreli Is Just The Start: The Push-Back Against Bad Business

By |August 11th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

As of Friday the 4th of August, the verdict is in on commonly touted “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, now likely facing prison time after committing fraud that stole millions of dollars from investors in a hedge fund. Many are claiming this as a victory against the steely grip that the finance and business elite have and their impunity to commit wrongs and this isn’t the only example of that being the case. Despite the fact that we’re looking at a potential four-to-eight year of a capital-focused administration with the aims of loosening regulations on business, the courts have been full of recent victories over big business and more and more cases of wrongdoing are being exposed. Here are some of the bad business legal victories, wrongdoings, and disputes that are starting to change the way the modern worker and consumer look at who they do business with.

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The gender question

Many businesses and employees alike still struggle with the discrimination, harassment, and apparent systematic barriers that women face in the workplace. One of the most recent examples happened in the one realm of business where pushes for more women have been most evident: the STEM fields. In particular, the recent firing of Google engineer James Damore for a memo allegedly pushing gender stereotypes follows up a recent trend of gender discrimination issues coming to the light more and more often.

Lying in plain sight

False advertisement scandals are on the rise, as well. Perhaps one of the most notable of all recent cases was the charges levied against Volkswagen. Last year the car manufacturing behemoth was charged by the Federal Trade Commission with claims of false advertising based on erroneous emissions test results used in the […]

3107, 2017

Done The Crime? Avoid The Time!

By |July 31st, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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Crime never pays, in the end. Unfortunately, for those that commit large or obvious crimes, the chances are very high that they will get caught. With over a million violent crimes committed in the US each year, and much more which aren’t violent, this is an issue law enforcement take seriously. But, of course, at this point, you’ve already been caught. Regardless of what you’ve done wrong, it’s time to find some ways to make the consequences a little lighter.

This is where this post comes in. It will be going through some of the steps you can take and the work you can do to make your time in court easier. With over 90% of US criminal court cases leading to conviction, it’s more important than ever that you present yourself perfectly. You’ll need to be very careful if you’re going to get a good outcome from your case.

Legal Exceptions

In most places, there are loads of legal loopholes and exceptions which can help you to avoid the hammer of justice. Of course, these won’t be easy to find, and may not even exist surrounding your particular case. If you can find something like this to help you, though, you could get out of trouble before it even begins.

 

Research: To find this sort of loophole or grey area, a lot of research will have to be done. Hopefully, you will have a good legal team or professional to support you, and most of this work will already be handled. If not, you might have to start doing some learning. The internet provides you with a great place to conduct this sort of search, with its vast host of free information. Along with this, you […]

2507, 2017

What To Do If Your Employee Is In Legal Trouble

By |July 25th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

One of the worst things that a boss can hear is that one of his employees is in some kind of legal trouble. It can have far reaching effects in the company and it can seriously damage their relationship with you and the rest of your employees. If you don’t handle the situation carefully, then you could make it a whole lot worse. If you find yourself in this kind of situation, here are the steps that you should be taking.

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What Was The Crime?

The first thing that you need to find out is what crime they are alleged to have committed. This will have a huge impact on how you move forward. It might be something incredibly minor that you don’t really need to worry about too much, but if they’ve been accused of something far more serious, you need to consider more drastic action. Try to contact the local law enforcement agencies and see what information they can give you, it might be the case that they won’t tell you anything but it’s worth a try. If there is an impending court case then you won’t be likely to find anything out.

Did A Crime Take Place On Company Property?

This is a vital question. If the alleged crime is said to have taken place on company property, then you will be directly involved and you’ll probably have to speak with the police. You’ll soon find out if any crimes took place on company property because the police will contact you. If the employee is charged with drink driving offences, you need to find out whether they were driving the company car at the time. If they were, you’ll have to deal with […]

1407, 2017

Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Police Officer?

By |July 14th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Police Officer?

Many people like the idea of working in law enforcement, and there are lots of jobs available for the right candidates. With that in mind, there is some information on this page that everyone should read. It shows what it takes to become a police officer, and it should let you know if you’re suitable or not. So, take a look and see if you still think it’s a wise move.

Relevant qualifications

You don’t need qualifications to become a low-ranking police officer. However, you might need to go to university if you want a more advanced role. A degree in criminal justice would look amazing on your CV, and it could open many doors for you in the future. Who knows? Maybe you’ll become a crime scene investigator or something similar?

A logical mind

It’s vital that all law enforcement officers have a logical and rational mind. You will find yourself in many dangerous situations during the career. Small mistakes or misunderstandings could cost lives. You don’t need us to tell you what can happen if you become trigger happy.

Communication skills

Police officers have to work with criminals and members of their local community. For that reason, they require excellent communication skills. Sometimes they might even have to break some bad news to a local family. That is never going to go down well if you don’t know about to approach sensitive matters.

If you can place a tick next to all the points made in this article, you might have what it takes to become a police officer. Just ensure you contact your local force for more information.

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1007, 2017

Now Is The Time For City Drivers To Ditch Fuel Cars

By |July 10th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Now Is The Time For City Drivers To Ditch Fuel Cars

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Drivers of fuel cars in cities look like they could be doomed if they don’t convert soon. Here are just some of the reasons why electric cars are the best investment for the future for those living in the city.

Fuel driving is constantly becoming more expensive

Whilst gas station prices may be plateauing, city dwellers may have other driving charges to soon contend with. The likes of London already have plans to introduce the first Ultra low emissions zone (to be referred to as the ‘Ulez’) by 2021. Drivers of polluting vehicles will be charged extra to enter this zone depending on their vehicle type. This is on top of the already existing congestion charge, which could make commutes to and from London an expense to far for many. For now this could only be London, but how many other cities will follow suit?

Green driving is constantly becoming cheaper and more convenient

Many perks already exist to electric car drivers across the world. These include free parking and charging stations in cities such as Amsterdam. The likes of London meanwhile have allowed electric cars to use bus lanes, whilst Californian cities are allowing electric vehicles to use HOV lanes. On top of all this, some countries are introducing grants to businesses allowing them to purchase electric cars or help with electric car repairs. All this is making owning an electric car much more attractive to the average city driver.

The range of electric vehicles is more diverse than ever before

Sites such as bintellielectricvehicles.com show the range of electric vehicles now available. Whilst before buyers were limited to small and squat car designs, you can now buy anything from an electric scooter to an electric SUV depending, allowing […]

407, 2017

Is Your Driving As Safe As It Could Be?

By |July 4th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Is Your Driving As Safe As It Could Be?

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We all like to think we’re safe and competent behind the wheel- but let’s face it, everyone has some bad habit or another. We might get away with doing these things for years, but you never know when you’re going to get caught out and end up in an incident as a result. Driving is incredibly dangerous, not only is it’s yours and your passenger’s lives in your hands, but pedestrians and other road users too. You have a responsibility to keep others safe, and that means ensuring your driving and your car is a safe as possible. Here are a few things to bear in mind.

Do Regular Vehicle Checks

Don’t just wait for your car’s warning lights to come on- or worse, to break down entirely before doing checks on your car. You should regularly be topping up the fluids, checking all of the bulbs work and the tread on the tyres. If anything sounds off or doesn’t feel right, get it to the garage as a matter of urgency. If your car fails and you cause an incident due to neglect it will be seen as your fault. Go for a full service at least once a year. They will be able to spot any potential problems so you can get them sorted before you break down or cause further damage to the car.

Upgrade Your Car

While there’s nothing wrong with older models, especially from a cost point of view (since a newer car is unavailable to many due to the price). However if you have the means to upgrade, it’s well worth considering. Newer cars have better safety and driving features. Not only helping you to avoid a crash but meaning if you […]

2506, 2017

Repeal Obamacare: Let’s Trust Rand Paul

By |June 25th, 2017|Editorial, Health, National|Comments Off on Repeal Obamacare: Let’s Trust Rand Paul

The only way to fix healthcare is to get government out of it! Let’s trust Rand Paul to lead the way to repeal Obamacare.

I simply don’t trust politicians as a normal starting point to repeal Obamacare or any other issue, but willing to let them earn my trust. When it comes to healthcare, it is extremely difficult to trust them to do the right thing and that difficulty is compounded by the complex structure of Obamacare as it was built in a way to prevent it from being dismantled. In order to dismantle, it will have to be done through more than one piece of legislation. I really don’t want to get into the weeds on that, but we either pass this first piece and win a round geared toward dismantling with half the votes in the budgetary process or we do it all as a full blown repeal (which would be preferable) but will then need two-thirds votes (which we will never get) in order to repeal Obamacare.

So, do we trust them (our politicians) to continue to take the right steps to unravel and dismantle rather than repeal Obamacare? Can we actually trust them to see it through? I simply can’t make that leap. I believe Senator Rand Paul has earned trust on this issue and where some of the holdouts may (or may not) be posturing, I believe he is very sincere in his efforts to do the right thing.

There also seems to be a rush to pass this because Obamacare is rapidly failing. Whenever anyone feels “rushed” to make a major purchase or major life decision, I always advise they go home and sleep on it. There is nothing wrong with taking […]

2206, 2017

The Most Common Law Suits that are Entirely Avoidable

By |June 22nd, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on The Most Common Law Suits that are Entirely Avoidable

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Expensive Divorces

With the number of divorces being at an all time high of 67% (in 2016) there is no wonder that tricky, emotionally fueled and expensive divorces are one of the most common lawsuits. With the increasing amount of marriages breaking up the courts have never been busier with acrimonious and complicated divorce settlements. Historically divorce used to be much simpler and most cases were able to be settled out of court, however more and more couples are finding it necessary to fight it out, to the bitter end, through an all-encompassing law suit.

DUI

We are all aware of the unfortunate regularity of this charge. Something as easy as not drinking and then driving, apparently is ignored by too many and this lawsuit just seems to be increasing in its regularity. Therefore where some people feel that they can tweak the rules to apply to their situation, there really is one very simple way to avoid having to hire a driving under the influence lawyer and that is simply to not combine drinking and driving.

Personal injury Lawsuit

The personal injury lawsuits, in the USA alone, have continued to rise year on year. Does that mean that we are living in an increasingly unsafe world or does it mean something else? Recent research into the thriving business of personal injury has revealed that the reality of the situation is that councils, governments, business earners, civil servants and engineers have all been working to improve the safety of cities, towns and, more generally, the world around however.

However the dramatic rise in the people claiming for personal injury law suits comes down to an increasing realisation that it is an option. Only a few years ago, people were not […]

2106, 2017

Why Is ‘Distracted Driving’ Still a Thing?

By |June 21st, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Why Is ‘Distracted Driving’ Still a Thing?

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It seems pretty strange that people are still allowing themselves to become distracted as they drive. Don’t we all know about the dangers by now? Haven’t we all heard about the statistics? The very act of driving comes with so many inherent dangers. Why make things even more unsafe by playing around with your smartphone while you’re at the wheel?

Perhaps our surprise comes from a misplaced trust in human rationality. After all, there are problems that cause car accidents and deaths that are decades older than smartphones that still manage to be problems today. Not wearing a seatbelt? That still happens. Drinking and driving? That too. So it seems to make some sort of sense that people would still use their phones while their driving despite the obvious danger. And, if it doesn’t make sense, then at least human beings are being consistent with their stupidity.

But seriously: why does it happen? Don’t we have technology that prevents this sort of thing from happening? There’s hands-free technology, right? Well, the problem is that this doesn’t eradicate the problem completely. You’re still holding a conversation with someone who isn’t right next to you while driving. Talking to a passenger is one thing, but a phone conversation usually takes more mental effort. You’re still driving while distracted, even with both hands on the wheel.

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Not that hands-free technology is always officially listed as ‘distracted driving’. When people talk about distracted driving from a legal perspective, they’re usually talking about people actively looking at and/or using a hand to interact with something that isn’t the road. If you’re injured in a car accident as a result of someone else doing these things, then your personal injury lawyer probably won’t have […]

1406, 2017

Being A Homeowner In An Unsafe Economy

By |June 14th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Being A Homeowner In An Unsafe Economy

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Times have changed significantly, once what was a rite of passage, owning a home, it has now been replaced with a rental economy, increased financial problems across the board, and depending on your location in the world, more taxes and an increased sense of anxiety. Where does this leave people in the modern world when it comes to owning your own home? Your house should be a symbol of security, and yet more and more people are finding themselves seeing where they live as a metaphor for the state of their nation; insecure, expensive, and not theirs to own.

The idea of owning our own home has dissipated for many people over the last 10 years or so. For some, they have appeared to give up hope of ever owning their own piece of real estate, and have opted for the lifetime rental. And there are benefits to renting a property too. While we all can spend years looking for our dream property and plowing money into it to make it “perfect” once we’ve bought it, only to keep reinvesting back into it, does that make the property our ideal home? At least when we rent, the tenant has a proportion of control. Compare renting to buying. Firstly the financial implications of both are very different. Buying a home means saving up for years for a down payment that can range between 3% and 20% of the final cost. And this is before you even think about how much it will cost for admin fees, whether the property is a long chain one, or even if the payments that remain invisible for the vast majority of the process. They say that buying a house is one […]