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"The CRANKY Shopper's Holiday Gift Guide"

Yeah, I still have gift giving on the brain. And all this shopping is making me cranky! "Nothing puts the bug into 'bah, humbug!' more than an impossible shopping challenge. He has everything. She doesn't like anything. They want nothing ... except to fill you with the searing, white-hot frustration of a thousand yule logs. Tired of these hateful want-nothings taking the Michelle Kwan out of your Kwanzaa? Sick of stubbing your mistletoe chasing after these dreidel-dodgers? Check out our profiles of the toughest people to buy for and use our online gift suggestions, chosen to fit every budget. Or... Read more →

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Are You a 'Re-Gifter'?

Okay, who hasn't 'regifted' once or twice (or more)? But please follow the "12 rules for regifting": "There are only three reasons you might be reading this column: You think 'regifting' is totally tacky, but you secretly hope there might be a polite way to get rid of that hideous scarf your Aunt Edna gave you. You're a chronic regifter and you need some new ideas to get you through the holidays. You've never heard of regifting. Really. You're just curious. "Welcome, one and all, to a frank discussion of a grand old holiday tradition we all practice and pretend... Read more →

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E-Discovery Road Map

Looks like a pretty handy guide for finding your way through the e-discovery thicket: "Law.com's E-Discovery Road Map is the perfect resource for legal professionals looking for information and guidance on the often confusing road to e-discovery. From client's records management to production, the road map covers each step in careful detail." I like this approach! Read more →

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Six Rules on Gift-Giving at Work

Just how often does either party to gift exchanges like the outcome? Not to mention the dicey office politics: "As the holidays approach, the season of potential gift-giving at the office can range from pleasantly surprising to painfully awkward. "Navigating the social and professional landscape can be difficult, but there are ways to avoid alienating colleagues with embarrassment or hurt feelings, career experts say. Co-workers who are also friends can exchange gifts off site, for example, and those who want to get the boss a present can go in as a group to be as inclusive as possible. "The first... Read more →

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"Know your workplace obligations"

This article is from an IT perspective, but regardless of idustry, it's always good to know your obligations...& those of your manager: "Wouldn't it be nice if every boss came with a standard API [Application Programming Interface]? It would be so easy to look at the interface specifications and know exactly what he expected, in what format he expected it, when you should deliver it, what predictable events would result from your input and how you should handle error conditions. All the politics would go away. Those pesky emotions would become a nonissue. Success would become deterministic. "Sadly, it will... Read more →

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Find job openings in blog posts...really!

Google news search now includes blog content -- I've noticed some job openings listed in those blog results: Litigation support: http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&client=news&q=litigation+support+AND+paralegal Corporate: http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&client=news&q=corporate+AND+paralegal Real estate: http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&client=news&q=real+estate+AND+paralegal Intellectual property: http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&client=news&q=intellectual+property+AND+paralegal Labor law: http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&client=news&q=labor+law+AND+paralegal Read more →

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The 10 Best Books of 2006

Looking for a gift for people who like to read? Check out this list of both fiction & nonfiction books from the New York Times Sunday Book Review. The descriptions of these two books put them on a list of presents for myself! ABSURDISTAN By Gary Shteyngart. Random House, $24.95. Shteyngart's scruffy, exuberant second novel, equal parts Gogol and Borat, is immodest on every level - it's long, crude, manic and has cheap vodka on its breath. It also happens to be smart, funny and, in the end, extraordinarily rich and moving. "Absurdistan" introduces Misha Vainberg, the rap-music-obsessed, grossly overweight... Read more →

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9 Tips for Office Parties

Office party guidance compiled by Kring & Chung from Department of Labor information. Who knew the DOL cared this much about parties? "The United States Department of Labor’s Working Partners for an Alcohol-and Drug-Free Workplace has prepared two highlight articles titled, Send Your Employees a Safe and Sober Message About Office Parties and Drinking and Nine Tips for Office Celebrations. "We prepared an article highlighting key points in these articles and a section on employer liability for accidents that are caused by intoxicated employees who drive home after a company sponsored holiday party. We hope this information will be helpful... Read more →

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"How Many Lawyers Does It Take to Make You Sick?"

Yep, the answer to this question totally depends on the firm! Plaintiff: Amy Seiler Defendants: Harry J. Mulry Jr.; Gregory G. Shaub, doing business under the firm name Mulry & Shaub L.L.P. Accusation: A paralegal toils for a small law firm and gets bouts of "stomach distress, headaches and disagreeable fits of temper." Oh, and don't forget those "digestive upsets." "In a lawsuit [PDF] filed last week [11/16/2006] in Brooklyn Federal Court, Amy Seiler says her bosses at Mulry & Shaub in Port Washington negligently dragged their feet in hiring a replacement for an outgoing receptionist. And so for the... Read more →

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"Paralegal Job Outlook - Stagnant or Full Steam Ahead?"

This is not really new news, but it's nice to have "paralegal job growth" confirmed: "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for paralegals is very good, with an expected growth rate near 33 percent a year through 2010. The bureau notes that compared to other professions, the leap in the paralegal field is dramatic. "The paralegal or legal assistant profession is expected to grow because of a couple of economic factors. One, more law firms are hiring paralegals to do some of the necessary legwork - research and paper work on their behalf. This frees up... Read more →

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