Button Law Firm January 2018

Make Reading a Family Resolution WANT TO SEE BETTER REPORT CARDS IN 2018?

or hours spent reading, offer them a prize. You can even create a big end goal to really cement those reading habits. Better yet, set a combined goal that the entire family can work toward. Don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops. If your kids know that reading one book per week through June means an extra-special summer vacation, their enthusiasm won’t wane come spring. USE READING APPS Goodreads is a social network for bibliophiles. You can find recommendations, share ratings, and create lists of both completed and to-be-read books. Users also create reading lists based on topic, genre, decade, and more. With over 2 billion books added, you’ll never run out of inspiration. Biblionasium offers the same services, but it’s designed specifically for children. Talk to other parents and create a network of friends and classmates. After all, nothing is cooler to a kid than what their friends are doing. Avid readers tend to do better academically from kindergarten through college. In fact, a study from the Journal of Education and Practice found that reading comprehension predicted success in other subjects more than any other factor. If you want to see improved report cards, make a reading resolution for your entire household.

Every parent wants to see their child do well in school, and there’s one fun activity that benefits students of all ages: reading. In a world with so much stimulation, however, it can be difficult to motivate kids to put down a screen and pick up a book. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to make reading a priority. Here are a few tips to make 2018 the year your kids become bookworms. MAKE IT A FAMILY RESOLUTION There’s no better motivator than solidarity! Plus, we’re guessing everyone in your household could stand to read a little more. You don’t have to read the same books or set identical goals, but it’s a lot more fun when everyone participates. Schedule weekly reading discussions so everyone can share the cool stories they’ve read. Stack your completed books in your house somewhere as a monument to all the knowledge your family has gained. SET REWARD MILESTONES Positive reinforcement will propel your kids to keep reading long after the calendars have turned. For a certain number of books completed


Know Your Rights After a Workplace Injury


While Texas law does permit an employer to go without workers’ comp insurance, they still have to maintain safe work environments. Your employer also must inform you upon hire if they do not carry workers’ comp insurance, or if they stop carrying it at any point during your employment. If your employer is a “nonsubscriber” and chooses not to carry workers’ comp insurance, you can file a case against them if you are injured while carrying out the duties of your job. The law also prevents your employer from retaliating if you file a suit against them, so don’t let the fear of being fired stop you from getting the benefits you deserve. If you’ve been injured, there are important deadlines to meet when you are filing a workers’ comp insurance claim, and some fall as early as 30 days from your date of injury. If you need help filing a case after a work injury, give us a call. Talk to the attorneys at The Button Law Firm and we’ll fight for your rights together.

A while back, a client came to me after he’d been hurt at work. He worked for a construction company that didn’t have workers’ comp, and he was concerned about not being able to pay for his medical expenses. What were his rights, he wondered? Texas is a right-to-work state, and many of our laws reflect that. One, for example, is workers’ compensation insurance. Unlike other states, Texas does not require employers to carry workers’ comp insurance. This means your employer will not carry the basic insurance to cover your medical bills and lost wages in the event that you are injured. However, our state does give employees rights if they are injured on the job because of an employer’s negligence.



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