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The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Monday that it had reached a settlement with Chestnut Petroleum Distributors, Inc., to settle a wage and hour lawsuit brought under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act for $1 million dollars. The lawsuit alleged that, between April 2003 and May 2006, Chestnut failed to pay the required minimum wage and overtime to some 767 current and former ...

In the first case, the Sixth Circuit upheld the NLRB’s findings concerning employer violations of the Act -- with respect to employee use of a company bulletin board, employer distribution of pro-company buttons, and unlawful promises made to employees if they voted against the union.

Since 1999 the American Postal Workers Union had been involved in organizing efforts at DynCorp, a ...

Although the county sheriffs in Kentucky send out the tax bills for real property in the fall, the time to dispute “overvaluations” of real estate is in the spring. When the county Property Valuation Administrator (PVA) reappraises real estate, the PVA sends the owner a notice to inform them of the revaluation; however, the PVA generally does not send a notice when no change in value is made. Even so, owners may dispute the value of their real estate even if they do not receive a notice, as discussed below.

If you are over 70½ and have outstanding charitable pledges, you can now use qualifying charitable distributions from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to satisfy your pledges. The Department of Labor has advised Treasury and the IRS that a direct contribution from your IRA to a charity is not a prohibited transaction under of the Internal Revenue Code, even if the contribution is used to satisfy an existing charitable pledge.

Since 1991, construction activities that disturb greater than five acres of land have been subject to Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements for storm water run-off. In 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reduced the acreage threshold for the permitting requirement to one acre of construction activity. Construction sites meeting the acreage threshold are required to obtain coverage under an individual or general NPDES permit and implement best management practices (BMP) and other controls to reduce contaminants from construction activities in storm water run-off. In addition, construction activities that discharge run-off to municipal storm systems, including road ditches and culverts, are also subject to control under EPA-mandated municipal storm water control programs.

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A conservation easement can be a significant estate planning tool for those individuals who have some conservation interests. Essentially, a conservation easement is a legal restriction placed on your land that limits the types of activities allowed. This easement is permanent, and will bind all future owners. A landowner will still have use of the land, so long as the landowner complies with the restrictions set forth in the easement.

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