On the Law: Employers are not always right, employees have rights

Most employees make two general assumptions about their workplace rights. First, that employees do not have any rights because we live in an at-will state. Second, that their employer knows the law...

DATE: June 9, 2017 | COLUMN: On the Law

Keeping you and your dog on right side of law

Spring has (finally) sprung, summer is right around the corner and, in Durango, that means people are getting outside, many with their four-legged friends. As we all emerge from our winter dens to...

DATE: May 13, 2017 | COLUMN: On the Law

Plan now to take care of the people you love

If a person has to die, then Colorado is the best place to do it. Colorado’s Legislature has made transferring title about as simple and cost-effective as it can be, but some planning is required. ...

DATE: March 12, 2017 | COLUMN: On the Law

Eighteen days until new overtime law takes effect

Lynn Sholler Business owners and managers, are you prepared to implement the new Fair Labor Standards Act overtime law that will take effect Dec. 1? It’s been in the news for weeks, but perhaps...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2016 | COLUMN: On the Law

States not waiting for reforms to capital punishment

"To kill for murder is a punishment incomparably worse than the crime itself. Murder by legal sentence is immeasurably more terrible than murder by brigands. Anyone murdered by brigands, whose...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: On the Law

Colorado first: Pilot program to allow 'harvesting' precipitation

Colorado follows the doctrine of prior appropriation when it comes to water use. In other words, Colorado is a "first in time is first in right" state. This means that those who apply first for...

DATE: June 14, 2009 | COLUMN: On the Law

Buying a judge in America: How much money is improper?

In his novel The Appeal, John Grisham told the story of a Mississippi Supreme Court Justice who voted to reverse a huge jury verdict against an equally huge and well-heeled chemical company that...

DATE: March 8, 2009 | COLUMN: On the Law

Legislature likely to again examine limits of Colorado water law

In Colorado, it is generally illegal for most people to capture and use rain water or snow melt coming off their roofs. To some, this may appear wrong-headed; isn't it efficient and sensible to use...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: On the Law

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