Criminal Law and Immigration
There is an important crossover between immigration law and criminal law, a criminal record can affect one's ability to obtain status as a permanent resident in the United States, and certain misdemeanors may even be a cause for deportation.
Post Conviction Relief
Past criminal records affect immigration cases, the way to solve past criminal convictions are through post-conviction relief. Post conviction relief is an attempt to vacate a prior conviction, or a withdrawal from a guilty plea. There are various ways to properly achieve post conviction relief. Each case is different, and in need for a case-by-case review. We will make every effort to help you resolve your situation.
There are a variety of reasons why people decide to meet with an estate-planning attorney and create an estate plan. The three main reasons are:
1. Avoiding Probate
2. Protecting Beneficiaries
3. Protecting Assets from Unforeseen Creditors
This can be accomplished through wills and trusts.
A Will is a document that specifies the transfer of your property, appoints an executor to manage your affairs, and appoints a legal guardian to care for your minor children.
A Trust is a document that transfers the ownership interest in a particular property to a third party called a trustee, while giving a beneficiary interest to yourself or someone else of your choosing. You can create a trust while you are alive, or upon your death through instructions in your Will.
Placing property in a trust will remove the property from the probate process, if done correctly it can protect your assets from creditors and other people who seek to assert a claim, reduce your estate taxes, and guarantee that the assets are managed correctly when the beneficiaries are adults who cannot administer their own dealings, or minors.
Traffic tickets can cost more than you think. The Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles place points on your license for most traffic infractions. One traffic violation alone can end up costing hundreds, and even thousands of dollars in insurance premiums. Regardless of receiving an infraction, every individual has a right to challenge their traffic tickets, and confront the evidence presented against them.
There are numerous procedures available to avoid a traffic ticket conviction, we will look for a way to minimize the effects and consequences an infraction might have on your driving record.
Even if it is your first violation, it is essential that you defend yourself against a traffic summons. We will help every step of the way.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prevents certain employers from discriminating against an individual on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, or religion when hiring, terminating employment, compensating, promoting, training, and privileges of employment. The Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits employers from compensation discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age (40 to 70 years), or disability. The Act covers private employers with six or more employees and all state and local government agencies, regardless of size. (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 213.055).
Employment law protects every person working in the United States, documented or not. If you believe that you have been discriminated against, we will thoroughly review your situation and determine if you have a potential case.
These are common types of discrimination in employment:
The Missouri Human Rights Act protects individuals who are 40 or more years of age but less than 70 years of age from employment discrimination based on the individual's age. The Act’s protections apply to both employees and job applicants. Under the Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of their age with respect to any term, condition, or privilege of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training. - (The Act)
The Missouri Human Rights Law prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of disability. The Law covers private employers with six or more employees and all state and local government agencies, regardless of size (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 213.010 et seq.).
Family Medical Leave Act
The Family Medical Leave Act is a federal law administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The FMLA allows certain employees to take unpaid leave for specific family or medical reasons under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Generally, covered employees may be entitled to twelve weeks of leave in a one-year period for the following situations, among others: the birth or adoption of a child; to care for a spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition; or because of the employee’s own serious health condition. The FMLA applies to employers with at least 50 employees that work within 75 miles of the employee’s work location. Furthermore, an employee is only covered if he has worked for the employer for at least 12 months and worked at least 1,250 hours during the last 12 months. - (FMLA)
The Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sex. Some courts have held that this includes a prohibition on pregnancy discrimination. In its implementing regulations, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights has interpreted this statute to prohibit any policy or practice which excludes from employment applicants or employees because of pregnancy, barring a showing of business necessity. This applies to employers with six or more employees within Missouri, except businesses owned and operated by religious groups.
Equal Pay Act
The Missouri Equal Pay Act requires equal pay for women (18 years of age or older) performing the same quantity and quality of the same classification of work as men (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 290.400 et seq.). The Act covers all employers, regardless of size.
The general rule is that most employees may be fired at any time-for any reason or for no reason at all-under what is known as the at will employment. However, many exceptions to the general rule exist. Exceptions to this general rule can come from courts, which modify and make "common law protections" or the legislature, which enacts "statutory protections."
Wage and Hour
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protects all workers in the U.S., even if they’re working without a work permit. Missouri employers must also comply with federal minimum wage laws, Missouri minimum wage laws require an annual review of its minimum wage and the minimum wage must be increased by the percentage the cost of living has changed from the prior July to the July in the year the review is conducted.
We represent individuals with respect to FLSA claims against their current or former employers.
Moore Ramirez Law Firm, LLC
Tel: (816) 745-3556 - (816) 9847239
Address: 1828 Swift St. Suite, 104
Kansas City, MO 64116
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