When Social Media Meets Zero-Tolerance Policies

Tennessee state law requires that schools create zero-tolerance policies for students. Zero-tolerance, in essence, means that schools will not permit students to bring or use any drugs or weapons to their schools or on school busses. The zero-tolerance law also applies to the “battery” of the teachers and staff. Students who violate their school’s zero-tolerance…

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Marijuana vs. CBD Charges in Tennessee

Many states have approved the use of recreational and/or medical marijuana. While there are advocates for approving these marijuana uses in Tennessee, the State currently does not permit anyone to possess, manufacture, distribute, or sell marijuana for any reason. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is derived from the hemp plant; unlike marijuana, it does not cause a…

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How a Lawyer Can Help You Craft an Operating Agreement for Your Small Business

There are a few standard types of business arrangements for commercial companies and nonprofits. Each of these have unique issues and guidelines for conducting their daily operations. The main types of business structures are: A sole proprietorship A partnership A limited liability company A corporation There are financial, tax, operational, and practical issues that govern…

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Tips for Buying a Used Vehicle

Motorized vehicles are extremely important in the United States; we rely on them as transportation to work, to school, to church, to the grocery store, and more. Nevertheless, not everyone can afford or chooses to purchase a brand new vehicle.  As a result, some people turn to buying a used car, truck, or SUV. Buying…

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Tips for Buying or Leasing a New Vehicle

Passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs are the principal mode of transportation in Tennessee and throughout the United States. People generally own or lease the vehicles they drive.  They purchase or lease their vehicles as either brand new or used.  Buying or leasing a passenger vehicle is a major expense for most people.  Thus, before buying…

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Sex-Based Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

The law requires that employers and public institutions treat men and women equally in jobs and other opportunities.  The law promotes the idea that that the workplace advancements and other opportunities of any individual – male or female – ought to be based on a person’s merit and accomplishment, not based on a person’s sex…

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Be Truthful with Your Lawyer

The law can be confusing.  If you are suing another person or business, being sued, or facing administrative suspension of a license to work in your job or if you have been charged with a crime, talk to a lawyer.  For instance, in a civil case or a license revocation proceeding, if you miss court-imposed…

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When do the Rehabilitation Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Apply?

Individuals with disabilities are humans, make valuable contributions to society, and deserve to be afforded the same respect, common decency, and opportunities as the respect, common decency, and opportunities given to individuals without disabilities.  Federal and state laws, such as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004,…

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What Is the Uniform Commercial Code?

Not all commercial or business-to-business transactions go smoothly. When a transaction involves goods or products, as opposed to services, the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) applies and controls the transaction. The UCC specifies the rules that govern disputes for business and commercial transactions involving goods.  Almost every state has adopted a version of the UCC.  Although…

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