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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. Unfortunately, the top 10 for 2014 was the same as 2013. This demonstrates that employers continue to not do enough to protect their employees. […]

Blog Post Image: California Businesses Cannot Limit Negative ReviewsCalifornia will become the first state that will impose civil penalties for businesses that include non-disparagement clauses, which are those that limit or prohibit negative reviews by customers. The law also goes farther and punishes businesses that “otherwise penalize” consumers for negative reviews. This law is considered a victory for consumers while businesses face a lot of uncertainty. […]

Mona Lisa with a My Little Pony HeadThe Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a conviction based on “morphing” an image to include a minor’s face as depicting child pornography. The appeals court rejected the man’s arguments that federal pornography laws, as applied to the “morphed image,” were not unconstitutional under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The “morphed image” was a couple having sex with a minor’s face superimposed over the adult female in the original image. If the man chooses to appeal, either the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals or the United States Supreme Court would have to reverse the decision.
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Blog Post: Can A Font Decrease Driver DistractionAutomobile and truck manufacturers are increasingly using a single LCD screen to control many in-vehicle accessories like music, GPS and climate control. The text styling on these LCD displays, as well as the buttons surrounding them, are a part of the manufacturer’s branding, just like everything else inside and outside the vehicle. This post’s title, “Can a Font Decrease Driver Distraction?” seems to have been answered as researchers have found that different fonts (typefaces) can have an impact on driver attention. More specifically, certain fonts, such as Humanist, can actually reduce driver distraction more than other fonts.
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Have a Happy and Safe Halloween PumpkinHalloween is an exciting and scary time of year with costumes, trick-or-treating and parties. It is also truly frightening when you look at some parental attitudes and the statistics of Halloween-related injuries and deaths. We offer some tips to help you, your family, guests and trick-or-treaters, a happy and safe Halloween. just as a precaution, we have listed some suggestions in case there is a zombie invasion. […]

Olive Garden Cyclospora LawsuitsOlive Garden has been sued at least five times by people claiming they contracted cyclospora after eating tainted salads. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has traced a tainted salad mix that caused the cyclospora outbreaks in Nebraska and Iowa to a company in Mexico. The cause of the outbreaks in Texas and other states are different and the FDA and other governmental agencies are still investigating. Fortunately, no one has died as a result of cyclosporiasis. […]

Law Enforcement in NebraskaLaw enforcement in Nebraska have stepped up their traffic safety enforcement this August 2013 under two Campaigns: “Back to School” and “You Drink & Drive. You Lose.” Both of these campaigns are funded by select grants from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). The goals of both crackdowns are to increase police presence, raise awareness and reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities. Do your part: drive safely around schools and never drink and drive.
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Blog Post: Back To School- There and Back Again Safely

As summer break comes to an end and children in Lincoln, Nebraska and throughout the United States return to school Lapin Law Offices wants to encourage students, parents, teachers and the community to be prepared as we want students to get to school and return back home safely. This includes the remembering the importance of pedestrian, bicycle, driver and school bus safety. While the overall number of crashes between student-pedestrians and vehicles has decreased, August has one of the highest number of these collisions. In addition, older students now are in the highest-at risk for being injured or killed going to and from school. In an effort to prevent injuries or fatalities to students heading back to school, we offer the following safety tips and encourage you to share them with your children, family and friends.

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By: Jeffrey Lapin

Car Buying Experience Goes DigitalOn May 14, 2013, Cisco released the results of its Cisco Customer Experience Report for Automobile Industry, May 2013, which focused on the automobile buying and driving experience. More than 1,500 consumers across 10 countries were surveyed and questioned about technology and buying and driving an automobile. The results were somewhat surprising especially about consumer preferences regarding privacy and driverless cars. […]

By: Jeffrey Lapin

Deer Behind Fence ClipartInitial findings from a study of the deer fence that was placed along portions of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha seem to indicate that it had reduced the number of crashes vehicles and deer. The fence, along with wildlife undercrossings, were installed along I-80 in 2011 by the Nebraska Department of Roads. It was the first of its kind in Nebraska. […]

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