May 2015

National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 16-22

Dog Bites Can Be Prevented with Better Education

Kids & Dogs
Kids love dogs. But kids also suffer the most dog bites. Learn more here.

The old saying “dogs are a man’s best friend” might be news to the more than four million people bitten each year, most often children and the elderly. Some of these attacks result in emergency room injuries, reconstructive surgery and – for 39 people in 2013 – death.

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March 2015

Know Your Employment Rights

Discrimination, Harassment and the
At-Will Employee

At-will employees have far fewer rights than employees with employment contracts.

Should a dental hygienist who was fired by her boss for being irresistibly attractive have a case for wrongful termination? What about an employee who reported illegal business practices and was fired just days later?

Since most working Americans are considered “at-will” employees, we thought you should know your rights when an employer crosses the line.

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February 2015

Check to See If Your Car Is on the List

Auto Safety Crisis Spurs Record Year of Recalls

Air Bags
The New York Times exposes missteps, delays and deadly defects during a record year of automobile recalls.

A decade-long ignition-switch defect in millions of General Motors vehicles helped launch a record 2014 for automakers for all the wrong reasons. Auto companies issued more recalls involving older models than ever before, covering 60 million vehicles. That adds up to roughly 700 recall announcements in total – an average of two a day – affecting one in five vehicles currently on the road.

This month’s You Should Know summarizes the latest problems, the vehicles affected and where you can go to check for recalls on your car or truck.

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January 2015

Be Aware of Safety Issues Before Hailing a Ride

To Uber or Not to Uber? Ridesharing Faces Controversy

Uber Call
Downloads of the Uber app continue at a brisk pace, ranking #41 on the Apple App Store. Read more.

With one tap of a smartphone app, Uber is upending the taxi business and changing the way people around the world commute. The meteoric rise of Uber,and other ridesharing services like Lyft andSidecar, offer convenience and savings for riders while creating new work opportunities for drivers. But concerns about oversight, safety, pricing and worker rights have made 2014 a bumpy ride for Uber. You should knowthe risks of ridesharing and your rights (or lack thereof) as a passenger.

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December 2014

Holiday Video Game Guide for Parents

Your Kids Want a Video Game; Now What?

A large majority (73 percent) of published video games are approved for most ages. Shop knowing what’s in the game with the ESRB rating app.

As entertainment publishers crank out the big video game titles just in time for the holiday shopping season, kids everywhere are hoping the neatly wrapped gift underneath their tree is the latest favorite. For eight years running, video games rank as the third most requested holiday gift item.

But nearly 40 years after their invention, video games are still a mystery to most parents. This month’s You Should Know is here to save the day by arming parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles with a guide to choosing video games wisely for the kids on their shopping list.

November 2014

Keep the “Happy” in Happy Holidays

Tips for a Safe Holiday Season


‘Tis the season for everything holly, jolly, merry and bright. But celebrating the spirit of the holidays takes more than just planning the perfect menu and stunning home decor. Thanksgiving to New Year’s can pose a greater risk for house fires, decorating injuries and drunk driving crashes. This month’s You Should Know offers tips for avoiding these common (but preventable) seasonal mishaps.

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October 2014

Vets Return Home to Battle New Foe: VA Bureaucracy

Vietnam Memorial

In 2012, nearly 19,500 veterans died waiting for their VA benefits. This number was adramatic increase from three years earlier.Story after troubling story appears in news reports across the country. Veterans apply for the disability benefits they were promised in service to their country, only to wait a year or more as huge backlogs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) delay their requests. If a request for benefits is rejected and appealed, the average wait time balloons to 3.5 years. And to add insult to injury, nearly 74 percent of those appeals in 2012 were either reversed in favor of the vet by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals or sent back because of errors by VA staff.

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You Should Know

“Tort Reform” Threatens Our Constitutional Liberties
The Seventh Amendment Guarantee:
In suits at common law, where the value at controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved …
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“In suits at common law, trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature.” – James Madison

Wednesday, Sept. 17 marks the national celebration of Constitution Day, a time to recall the liberties our Constitution sought to protect, preserve and uphold. These fundamental rights are the glue that holds our nation together. Yet, many Americans aren’t aware that the Seventh Amendment, which guarantees our right to a trial by jury in civil cases, is currently under attack. Advocates of “tort reform” are pushing for an overhaul of our civil justice system, which would change centuries-old common law and is in stark opposition to the vision of our Founding Fathers. Here are 10 conversations You Should Know to defend your rights.   Read on. >>>

2013 Safe Toys Buyer’s Guide

Avoid Worst Toys this Holiday Season

Aqua Dots
Play Beads Become Date-Rape Drug
Aqua Dots were a hit toy until kids started becoming violently ill after swallowing the beads. Turns out the coating metabolized into GHB – the date-rape drug – when sprinkled with water. Learn more.

Battling last-minute crowds for the ideal gift, agonizing over the perfect meal and anxiety over the in-laws, ahh, the holidays are upon us. It’s easy to be swayed by the holiday spirit and become vulnerable to advertising touting the latest, “greatest” gifts but are the toys on your list safe for kids? No responsible retailer would dare sell unsafe toys, especially during the holidays, right? Wrong. The holiday season finds over 150,000 different kinds of toys for sale in approximately one million stores. In 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets. And on average, 200,000-plus kids are injured every year and 270 have been killed since 1998 because of dangerous products.

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Over Sharing Online Can Cost You Your Job & More

Most people have an “I hate my job” moment, but it’s best not to vent online. Tips to avoid over sharing.

For better or worse, social networks give us a platform to share literally everything on the Internet. Have you ever marveled at an offensive Tweet, a questionable Facebook picture or an unprofessional comment on LinkedIn from someone you know? Those same people may discover that what they share on social media can cost them a great job, entrance into a college, a promising relationship or even their day in court. In today’s ever-connected, over-sharing world,you should know anything posted online is no longer private!

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