Twenty-four States Increase Minimum Wage

By Brittany Mierzwa – As we ring in the new year, twenty-four states have increased their minimum wage. With the largest increase being $1.50 in New Mexico to $10.50 per hour, other states are seeing an increase to $12 and even $14 per hour. Some states such as Minnesota and California have different requirements based on the size of the business and employer, Nevada takes a different look at minimum wage having different wages if health benefits are offered. US News breaks it down by state.

URL: https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/best-states/minimum-wage-by-state

Perdue Pharma Family Questioned by Congress

By Lacey Crawford – For nearly four hours Congress questioned two members of the billionaire Sackler family, David Sackler, 40, and his cousin, Dr. Kathe Sackler, 72, both having served on Purdue Pharma’s board for years. Purdue Pharma is the maker of OxyContin, the aggressively promoted painkiller that began America’s massive opioid epidemic that has killed more than 450,000 Americans.

From 2008 through 2017, the family skimmed approximately $10 billion from Purdue Pharma, placing the money in “offshore shell companies” as the two family members tried to lay blame on “management” and independent, nonfamily board members.

Eight members of the Sackler family have been named in several state cases.

URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/17/health/opoids-sacklers-purdue-testimony.html

Firm Administrator Awarded Prestigious Status of ALA Distinguished Member

 

By Cindy Nations – Congratulations to our firm administrator Joanna Meinecke who has just been awarded the prestigious status of ALA Distinguished Member in honor of her participation in the Association of Legal Administrators for 30 years! Joanna’s unwavering commitment to the legal profession has served as an example to newer generations of law firm administrators and has helped to shape the ALA organization over the years. Joanna has been the administrator of The Nations Law Firm for 35 years. It is a privilege to work under her guidance and management. Congratulations, Ms. Meinecke!

Noses On!

By Andrea Schmauss –

In the spirit of spreading laughter and awareness, several members of The Nations Law Firm staff donned their red noses in recognition of Walgreens “Red Nose Day.”  A tradition which began in the United Kingdom is being celebrated at Walgreens nationwide with the selling of red noses, pens and wrist bands which supports non-profit organizations that help lift children and young people out of poverty in the United States and overseas. 

“Happiness and health are at the heart of Walgreens’ mission and at the heart of what Red Nose Day is all about. Just the simple, silly act of putting on a red nose means that anyone can benefit children in poverty,” said Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens. “We’re thrilled to join Red Nose Day as the exclusive red nose retailer in the U.S. and encourage our entire Walgreens family – our customers, employees, and vendor partners – to join us in having a good laugh for a good cause.”

The noses, pens and wrist bands are on sale at Walgreens’ stores through May 30.  Proceeds benefit the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports the following pre-selected charity partners: Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Charity: Water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; LIFT; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and United Way.

More information here: https://news.walgreens.com/press-releases/general-news/noses-on-walgreens-welcomes-red-nose-day-back-to-america-as-the-exclusive-retailer-of-the-new-sparkle-red-nose.htm

Fighting For Those Who Fight For Us

By Cindy Nations –

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) just released a new research report titled Fighting for Those Who Fight for Us: Protecting the Rights of Service members and Veterans. The report examines the many ways in which our country fails to protect veterans from harmful products and services and highlights the role trial lawyers play in protecting their rights.  At The Nations Law Firm, we are proud to represent veterans who were injured by terrorist attacks in Iraq.  For more information, see our Iraq War Fund page.  As AAJ members, we have made it our mission to protect civil justice and will continue to fight for those who fight for us.

A Chance to See Grant the Eco-Artist in Action!

Grant is working on a 40×50 canvas (his second largest piece). He has decided to create a garden with butterflies, frogs, dragonflies, humming birds, lady bugs and more. As always, we can’t wait to see the final results … it’s one-of-a-kind.

Come see Grant demonstrate his amazing techniques. Take pictures with Grant. Julie and Grant will sign their new book,
Grant the Jigsaw Giraffe ~ Different is MORE.

For more information about Grant visit: www.JigsawGrant.com