Teens Use Drone To Catch Boat Thieves | Ubergizmo

So in the past we have seen how some thieves have been caught with stolen electronics by tracking the device using features like Find My iPhone/iPad and so on. Recently it seems that a group of teenagers successfully managed to foil an attempt to steal a boat using a DJI Phantom drone.

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Federal Student Loan Discharge Procedures Expand-Empire Justice Center

Advocates will recall that in 2012, the Department of Education amended its regulations governing discharge of federal student loans based on total and permanent disability.  See the December edition of the Disability Law News, http://www.empirejustice.org/issue-areas/disability-benefits/non-disability-issues/misc/federal-student-loan.html#.V3QEscv6vIU.  But not all disabled borrowers were aware of or able to take advantage these provisions. 

As part of the March 2015 Presidential Student Aid Bill of Rights Memorandum, President Obama required the Secretary of Education and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Security, to develop a plan to identify federal student loan borrowers who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and determine which beneficiaries qualify for a total and permanent disability discharge of their student loans.  In April, the Department of Education announced it will begin contacting borrowers identified by this match to inform them of the loan cancellation process. 

Of the people the Department identified, over 100,000 of those borrowers have been certified for the Treasury Offset Program, meaning that they are at risk of losing federal tax refunds, and of  having a portion of their Social Security benefits taken.  While the new matching program is intended to help SSDI recipients apply for this relief, it will not automatically stop those offsets from occurring.  Borrowers still need to apply for relief.  A Department of Education website includes information on how to get a “total and permanent disability” discharge of federal student loan debt.  There is also an online application.  http://www.disabilitydischarge.com/Application-Process/. 

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Pokemon Go Is Getting So Big That Police Are Getting Involved-Ubergizmo.com

By Tyler Lee on 07/08/2016 18:16 PDT

Back in the day, catching Pokemon basically involved gamers playing on their Game Boy or Nintendo DS consoles where they could stay in the comfort of their own home and battle other Pokemon trainers, explore the land, and capture Pokemon. Now with Pokemon Go, it takes gamers into the real world where they will be able to find Pokemon wherever they go.

It’s a unique idea that really does a great job of leveraging augmented reality tech, but it has also led to problems which forced police in Australia to release a warning to gamers to be careful when playing the game in real life. Now it seems that the game has gotten so big that over in Australia, police have gotten involved in an upcoming Pokemon Go gather.

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Life of the Law

www.lifeofthelaw.org

“Law is alive,” the authors of Life of the Law

declare. “It doesn’t live in books and words. It

thrives on our streets, in our schools, in our

courtrooms, and in our lives.” Written and produced

by a team of journalists and scholars, Life of the

Law is a regular 30-minute podcast dedicated to

examining legal news and history in a manner that

enables everyone – not just trained legal scholars –

to understand the significance and nuances of these

developments. Recent episodes have covered the

impact of new French anti-terrorist policies on

French citizens, the history of forced-sterilization

laws and the question of modern-day reparations to

survivors, and an examination of the jury selection

process. On its website, users can browse through

past podcasts (currently there are 85) and either

listen online or download full PDF transcripts.

Interested listeners can subscribe to this podcast

on iTunes as well. 

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Division of Human Rights Adopts Regulation Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Relationship or Association – New York Labor And Employment Law Report

By Alyssa Campbell on June 3, 2016

Posted in Employment Discrimination, New York Law

On May 18, the New York State Division of Human Rights adopted a new regulation prohibiting employment discrimination based on an individual’s relationship or association with a member of a protected category covered by the New York Human Rights Law.  The proposed rule was published in the State Register on March 9.  The agency did not receive any public comments regarding the proposed rule, and adopted the rule without making any changes.

According to the Division, the purpose of the new regulation is to confirm long-standing precedent supporting anti-discrimination protection for individuals based on their relationship or association with members of a protected class.  The new regulation applies to employment discrimination and all other types of discrimination protected under the New York Human Rights Law, including housing, public accommodations, access to educational institutions, and credit.  In order to prove a claim of employment discrimination in this context, an individual must prove that he or she was subjected to an adverse employment action based on the individual’s known relationship or association with a member of a protected class.

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Home Care – Paying Minimum Wage and Overtime to Home Care Workers: A Guide for Consumers and their Families to the FLSA – U.S. Department of Labor — Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

This guide is meant to help individuals, families, and households who use home care services determine their responsibilities under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal minimum wage and overtime law that applies to most home care workers.

The guide explains who must follow the FLSA rules, with examples of situations involving hiring a home care worker directly, using a home care agency, and arranging care through a self-directed program. It discusses paid providers who are family members of the consumer and who are live-in workers.

The guide also explains how to follow the FLSA rules, that is, what it means to pay minimum wage and overtime, track hours worked, and keep proper records.

Download the Guide in PDF here.

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Tax Free Savings: First ABLE Accounts Go Live — Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

By Kathleen Tetreault

On June 1, 2016, Ohio became the first state in the nation to open its ABLE account program. This news is making national headlines because individuals from any state–including Connecticut–can go on-line and create an Ohio ABLE account that will be valid in the individual’s home state. What are ABLE accounts?

Read the entire article to find out more.

New York:

Since each state is responsible for establishing and maintaining this particular type of savings program, each state is also responsible for enacting legislation with regards to ABLE accounts. On December 22, 2015 New York passed Senate Bill No. 4472 which allows annual contributions up to $14,000 made by a NY Able account owner into an eligible NY Able account. This law went into effect on April 1, 2016 and any qualifying contribution will be allowed as a deduction against the taxpayer’s federal taxable income which is subject to New York State income tax. Similarly, any distributions from a NY ABLE account that are used toward qualified expenses may also be subtracted from the taxpayer’s federal taxable income to the extent that they were in included in gross income for federal income tax purposes. It is important to note that distributions from a NY ABLE account that are used toward non-qualified expenses are to be added to the taxpayer’s federal taxable income.

Read more at Wilken & Gutterplan, P.C.:

http://www.wgcpas.com/news/tax-scoop-tuesday/575-new-york-able-accounts

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