Changes in the Law

July is when changes to many laws often go into effect. In the last few years there have been significant changes to several areas of law we work in.

We practice quite a bit in the area of wills, trusts and estates. Kentucky laws for power of attorney and wills changed recently, which changed the requirements for a valid power of attorney, a document many prepare when they are preparing a will.

Kentucky made substantial changes to its workers’ compensation laws last year, some of which are just now going into effect. This may affect what medical treatment is approved for you.

This year Kentucky revised its employment discrimination laws as they affect pregnancy discrimination. If you are pregnant while employed, you may be entitled to reasonable accommodations.

The federal process for employment discrimination claims with the EEOC has also changed in the last two years several different ways. The way the EEOC processes your case when you first contact it changed. Then the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the exact role the EEOC must or must not play in order for you to bring a case in federal court.

Kentucky also recently had a change in premises liability law as it affects personal injury cases.

When one of these affects you be sure to consult with an attorney who understands the current state of the law.

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