Robinson & Clapham
Home Blog
In This Section

Providence Legal Issues Blog

Retaliatory terminations mustn't happen to good employees

Many different situations can lead to an employee being terminated. One that shouldn't ever fall into this category is retaliation. Employment laws forbid employers from being able to retaliate against employees when the person makes factual complaints related to things like sexual harassment or violations of laws.

Rhode Island is an at-will employment state, which means that employers don't have to give a reason for terminating an employee. They can fire the employee for any reason as long as that reason isn't illegal. This means no retaliatory terminations or firings because of discriminatory reasons.

Did a drunk driver in Rhode Island cause you injury?

Why should you bear the burden of medical expenses, car repairs or other costs associated with your car accident, if the person that hit you was drunk at the time? Considering the fact that many drunk driving collisions in Rhode Island result in fatalities, it's remarkable that you survived. Hopefully, you have a strong support team that includes close friends and family members, medical teams and others who can help you achieve as full a recovery as possible.  

Studies show there are several things you can do to avoid drunk driving collisions. You may have implemented one or all of these ideas and still wound up suffering injury when someone made the irresponsible choice to drink and drive, then crashed into your vehicle or forced you off the road, into a ditch.  

Rhode Island takes a stand against sexual harassment

Lawmakers in Rhode Island have responded to the ongoing national fury over sexual harassment in the workplace with seven bills that are now ready to move forward. The overall goals of the bill are to strengthen the laws protecting victims and provide education about sexual harassment in general.

The new bills are seen as something that will enhance existing laws, rather than replace them, providing a stronger incentive for both individuals and business entities to give the issue of sexual harassment more attention and weight.

You can no longer hold a cellphone and drive in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has become the latest state to ban talking on a hand-held cellphone while behind the wheel. A new law went into action on June 1, 2018, outlawing the activity.

People have known for a long time that texting and driving was dangerous, but research has shown that just holding your phone to talk is also distracting and leads to accidents, injuries and fatalities. Officials hope to see those numbers drop now that people cannot make or take calls.

Injuries in car accidents can be minor to fatal

Car crash impacts can lead to very minor damage to a car or they can completely destroy the vehicle. While the condition of the car can clue people in to how serious the injuries might be, this isn't always the case. Instead, the injuries of the accident have to be properly evaluated to determine the severity.

Some of the minor injuries that people can suffer in a car crash include small cuts or bruises. These might lead to discomfort, but they are unlikely to be life-threatening.

Does your child need a 504 plan?

Parents may find it upsetting to discover that their child is not doing well in school. Children may find there are many aspects of the school day that interfere with their abilities to learn. You may have taken the initiative to have your child tested only to find that he or she did not qualify for special education programs. Does this mean there is nothing you can do to help your child succeed?

By law, schools must make every reasonable effort to accommodate a child's needs. In fact, there is a section of law that prevents any institution receiving government funding from excluding someone because of a disability, and that is Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Plans to allow inclusion for students are known as 504 Plans.

High net worth divorce comes with specific concerns

Divorce is a huge stress for any adult. When you are placed in a situation that leads you to end the marriage, you have to decide that you are going to put yourself first. Sometimes, people tend to forget that their exes aren't going to watch out for them now, so they don't look for the solutions that will put their interests at the top of the priority list. Now is the time to make this happen.

In the case of a high-asset divorce, you need to do more than just focus on getting the marriage over with. You need to delve into the finances of the marriage so that you can decide how to handle the split.

Supervised visitation isn't ideal but it can be memory-filled

Some child custody cases end up having supervised visitation between one parent and the children. As the parent who has to go through the supervised visits, you might be feeling a bit apprehensive. It is easy to fall into the realm of thinking that supervised visits aren't going to be fun at all. With proper planning, you might find that the situation isn't as negative as it might seem.

One thing to remember when it comes to supervised visits is that you will set the tone for the visit. If you are smiling and happy, your children will likely feed off of that and follow suit. In many cases, the person who is supervising the visit will be present but he or she won't be involved in the interactions between you and your children.

Dog attacks must be taken very seriously

The increase in time spent outdoors during the summer months can mean that more people are coming in contact with dogs. In some cases, dogs will attack people unprovoked. This can happen when you are walking down the street or enjoying time with friends.

When a dog attack does happen, it must be taken very seriously. Victims of these attacks will need to seek medical care due to the risk of infection. Another consideration is whether the dog had a rabies vaccination or not. The treatment that a victim goes through will depend largely on this factor. In some cases, the victim will have life-long reminders of the attack. Some of these, such as scarring on the face, are disfiguring and can make life more difficult.

Prepare your finances for your divorce

When you know that a divorce is coming, you have a unique chance to make sure that you are prepared for what's to come. Many people will focus on trying to shore up their emotions in the instances. You can't limit yourself to only that. Instead, you need to figure out how you can stabilize your financial future. This can be a challenge.

One of the first things that you should do is try to get an inventory of the assets that are part of the marriage. This will come in handy during the property division negotiations because you will have an accurate account of what needs to be divided. While this won't make your immediate future any more stable, it can help the long-term situation.


Schedule A Consultation With An Attorney

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Providence Office
123 Dyer Street, Suite 135
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-400-3841
Fax: 401-331-7888
Providence Law Office Map

Wakefield Office
24 Salt Pond Road, Suite A #8
Wakefield, RI 02879

Phone: 401-594-4365
Fax: 401-783-3670
Wakefield Law Office Map