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Legal Standing by Tonda Rush

Tonda Rush is the director of public policy and serves as general counsel to the National Newspaper Association. Email her at tonda@nna.org.

What happens when a letter-writer wants to take back their letter?

Aug 1, 2022

Q: A reader sent a letter to the editor on a topic of great controversy in our community. Then, after thinking more about it, the reader told us not to publish. But we have the letter. We have the ...

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Encrypted police scanner systems shut out press and the public

Feb 1, 2022

The disappearing police scanner has been a topic for journalists since 9-11. That is because the need for a national communications policy to bring federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and ...

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Employers begin to comply with potential vaccination mandate to avoid scrambling to meet deadline

Nov 1, 2021

Q. Does the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration require a business to mandate vaccinations now?

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How to solicit business via fax ⁠— fax machine is still an important business tool in many small companies

Oct 1, 2021

Now comes the question — what if you send a fax to someone with whom you do not have an established business relationship and it contains a little bit of advertising, like a tag line about your special ...

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With remote employees, where do we pay state income taxes?

Aug 1, 2021

Q. With so many employees now seeking work-from-home status, our situation is complicated. Our circulation area is near a state border, so some of our employees live in another state. When they were ...

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It depends on state law if you can require employees to be vaccinated

Jun 1, 2021

Q. May we require our employees to demonstrate they have taken the vaccine as a condition of returning to work?

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Copyright — the most common reason newspapers contact the NNA Legal Hotline

Apr 1, 2021

A. This is probably the most common legal question for the NNA Legal Hotline and it happened to a member this winter. Here is the usual scenario: Graphics editor was on deadline pressure to fill ...

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Federal minimum wage likely on the rise

Mar 1, 2021

The exemption question was raised by many newspapers this year when 20 states increased their minimum wage levels for 2021. The lowest among the 20 is Florida at $8.65. The highest is California at $14.

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Section 230: Bringing you up to speed

Feb 1, 2021

Courts developed a doctrine that basically said that if an internet provider manipulated, edited or changed content posted by someone, the provider could be making the content their own and then could ...

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