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Gun Violence

North Carolina has long experienced issues with gun violence. Over four years ago, nine people were gunned down during a Bible study at Emanuel AME church in Charleston. More recently, two students were killed and four others wounded by a 22-year-old shooter at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Last August, gun control advocates assembled at Johnson C. Smith University. They expressed concern about North Carolina’s comparatively lax gun laws, which do not require a background check when buying a long gun from an unlicensed seller or prohibit the possession or transfer of assault …

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Employees or Independent Contractors? Learn the Differences!

Do you know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor? At one time, Uber didn’t, which is why one of its drivers sued the ride-sharing entity in 2015 for misclassifying him as an independent contractor. Following a major 2016 lawsuit filed by multiple drivers, Uber was ordered to pay millions of dollars to misclassified drivers in Massachusetts and California. Unlike the Uber drivers who filed suit, many workers in other fields remain misclassified because they do not know their rights. The IRS once estimated that employers have misclassified millions of employees as independent …

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Imagine working for decades for a North Carolina company. You work overtime every time you are asked, and you don’t miss work. Even when you hurt your back at work, you keep working a hard job, for years. But when you fall again, and suffer a new injury to your back, your company decides that it won’t pay.  That is what happened to Jeff Laird, an electrician at International Paper. But Mr. Laird fought back. He asked Valerie Johnson and Drew Culler to file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and to help him get his …

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The most Dangerous Jobs in America: Are you at Risk?

No matter what you do for a living, there’s always a chance that you will be seriously injured on the job, perhaps even fatally. Some occupations, however, present more risk than others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2017, there were 5,147 fatal workplace injuries that year, which is one of the highest totals in the decade.  According to the BLS report, these are the seven most dangerous jobs in America today. 1. Commercial Fishing In 2017, the fatal injury rate was 100 per 100,000 workers, making …

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Valerie Johnson Wins Ebbie Award

Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC congratulates Valerie Johnson for being selected by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) as a recipient of the 2019 Ebbie Award. The award is named after Ebbie Bailey, who helped her husband establish the North Carolina Advocates for Justice more than 50 years ago. NCAJ created the award in 2003 in Ebbie Bailey’s  honor to “recognize service and inspired commitment to NCAJ and its mission.” This year, Valerie was recognized for her strong advocacy for justice, particularly for those who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others. She …

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