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He Swallowed A Toothpick. It Could Have Killed Him.
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January 30, 2019 via NY Times

A young man nearly lost his life to a toothpick he didn’t even know he had swallowed, according to a harrowing report published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The three-inch wood pick, from a sandwich, traveled through most of his digestive tract without doing any harm. But then it poked through the intestinal wall and pierced an artery, creating a conduit for bacteria to invade his bloodstream and damaging the artery enough to cause serious bleeding.

For nearly three weeks, his symptoms — abdominal pain, fever, distressing gut trouble — mystified doctors. By the time they figured out what was wrong, he had a potentially fatal infection. It took extensive surgery to save him.'s ConvergeBlog
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2019 Brings A Rash Of New Laws Affecting Restaurants

January 2, 2019 via Restaurant Business
The measures range from requiring the appointment of at least one woman to a public company’s board of directors (currently, just in California), to recalibrating when a customer should be denied a next drink (Utah), to giving crew members a raise (20 states, from Alaska to Washington). Here’s a quick review of new mandates that took effect this week.
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That 1 A.M. Cell Phone Call To A Worker May Require Overtime

January 28, 2019 via Bloomberg Law

Mobile devices let employers reach workers 24/7, to the point some may expect their people to respond anytime day or night. But that access may come at a price: requiring employers to shell out for the time and expense or face potential class litigation over unpaid wages or other costs.
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Your Get Out Of Jail Free Card: Tips To Avoid Pitfalls Under The Texas Wage Theft Act
January 22, 2019 via Foley & Lardner

...the Texas legislature, following the lead of a number of other states with wage theft laws, such as California and New York, passed the Texas Wage Theft Act (the "Act"). Among other things, the Act makes the nonpayment of wages a third-degree felony and allows for criminal prosecution for wage theft if, with the intent to avoid payment, an employer fails to make full payment after receiving a demand for wages.

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