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The Law in Your Life

The Law in Your Life looks at issues in Missouri law from the perspective of everyday citizens.

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Law in Your Life #62B: How to Appeal Unemployment Denial

In the second portion of our feature on unemployment, host Angela Wilson focuses on the appeals process. If you are denied unemployment, but don't agree with that decision, listen to the soundbytes below for details on how you can appeal.What if I am turned down for unemployment. Can I appeal that decision? Do I need an attorney to appeal? By law, you are allowed to have an agent during appeals. Who can be an agent? Listen to the full interview with Jim Skain below. Download audio to your computer. (MP3, approx 17.8 meg) Note: in some browsers, the file may not begin playing until full file is downloaded.On the Web:Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

6 Jan 2009

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Law in Your Life #69: Libel and Defamation of Character

Every day, mean-spirited comments are posted on blogs, Web sites and in comment sections at newspaper online communities. Some are hurtful, others downright rude, but what types of comments can lead to a lawsuit?Law in Your Life host Angela Wilson finds out from attorney Joe Martineau, who authored the Libel chapter of the Missouri Media Law Handbook, second edition, published by The Missouri Bar.Are public officials held to different libel standards than Joe Public? What types of evidence do you need to prove defamation of character? What types of situations do people consider libelous, but really don't meet the legal standard? Listen to the full interview with Joe Martineau below. Download audio to your computer. (MP3, approx 8.8 meg) Note: in some browsers, the file may not begin playing until full file is downloaded.

30 Apr 2009

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Law in Your Life #68: Selection of Missouri Judges

Missouri lawmakers are considering a proposal to change the way Missouri judges are selected. Law in Your Life host Angela Wilson finds out about Joint Resolution 10 from Missouri Bar President Tom Burke.How would HJR10 change how judges are selected under the Nonpartisan Court Plan? What are the consequences if approved? How is a joint resolution different from a bill? Listen to the full interview with Tom Burke below. Download audio to your computer. (MP3, approx 7.3 meg) Note: in some browsers, the file may not begin playing until full file is downloaded.

21 Apr 2009

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Law in Your Life #67: Mini Law School

Need to get basic legal information but don't know where to turn? The Mini Law School just might be for you. Today Nancy Mogab talks to Law in Your Life host Angela Wilson about the affordable public school, its courses and more.What do you hope the public learns from the mini law school experience? What topics will be discussed? When is it and how much does it cost? Listen to the full interview with Nancy Mogab below. Download audio to your computer. (MP3, approx 4.5 meg) Note: in some browsers, the file may not begin playing until full file is downloaded.

21 Mar 2009

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Law in Your Life #66: Rights of Laid Off Workers

Layoffs are frightening in this economy - but they keep happening to Missourians. Today attorney Cathy Martin tells Law in Your Life host Angela Wilson about your rights when laid off during a tough economy. Martin also discusses what you should do if you feel like you were laid off for reasons other than economic. Are employers required to give any notice before they lay off workers? What if someone is laid off for what the company says are hard economic times, but the employee believes otherwise. What should they do? Are employers required to notify employees before they reduce wages? Listen to the full interview with Cathy Martin below. Download audio to your computer. (MP3, approx 9.3 meg) Note: in some browsers, the file may not begin playing until full file is downloaded.

15 Mar 2009

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