Minimum wage Los Angeles

Was just thinking about the new minimum wage and as it it work related in the Los Angeles area, as an employee it is your responsibility to be aware of the change in the law so that you can help keep your employer honest. MB Legal Services makes sure we stay on top of the laws so you don’t have to.

Minimum wage will rise twice in 2016 in Los Angeles

Two minimum wage hikes will hit Los Angeles in the coming months, pushing pay to some of the highest levels in the country for a big city.

First, California’s minimum wage rises to $10 an hour on Jan 1. from the current $9 benchmark.

Los Angeles’ own minimum wage law goes into effect July 1, pushing pay within city boundaries to $10.50, the first of a series of increases that will see wages gradually hit $15 an hour by 2020.

Pay rates will rise at the same pace in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

Businesses with 25 employees or fewer will get an extra year before the new city and county laws kick in.

Supporters of new minimum wage laws argue higher pay lifts workers out of poverty and pumps dollars back into the economy. Many business groups opposed the hike, saying stores will move to neighboring cities or lay off workers.

Some Los Angeles restaurants have already said they will raise prices or cut staff.

The debate over pay will continue in 2016, with California union members pushing at least two competing proposed statewide measures for the November ballot.

The Service Employees International Union, which represents 700,000 workers, is seeking to put a measure on the ballot to raise wages to $15 an hour by 2020.

A competing measure by a SEIU branch to raise wages to $15 by 2021 is also proposed for the same ballot.

Meanwhile, workers who are paid less than the minimum wage can file a claim with the state Labor Commissioner’s office.

States law requires employers to post information on wages, hours and working conditions at a work site.

Misdemeanors related to car accident

Misdemeanors related to car accident can become a problem if not handled correctly and lead to jail time, having Attorney Representation is important. If we watch the case of Terrell Suggs we will see just have important good representation is in a case like this.

 

Terrell Suggs charged with two misdemeanors related to car accident

Terrell SuggsAPRavens linebacker Terrell Suggs was arrested in Arizona after a one-car accident earlier this month and released a statement a short time later saying that a suspended driver’s license was the reason for the arrest.

That’s not the only charge that Suggs will face as a result of the accident, however. Suggs has been charged with both driving with a suspended license and failure to notify authorities after striking a fixture, which was the median that he hit with his car. Suggs told police he may have fallen asleep before the accident and was not found to be impaired by drugs or alcohol.

TMZ reports that the charges, both of which are misdemeanors, can result in jail time. The suspended license charge can lead to up to six months behind bars while the failure to notify charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail.

Suggs will likely find a way to resolve the case without being incarcerated for more than half a year. He could be disciplined under the personal conduct policy as well.

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Malibu DUI Checkpoint

Malibu DUI Checkpoint

Community: #LASD Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu/Lost Hills station DUI/CDL Checkpoint Planned for This Weekend

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Malibu, CA – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on Friday, March 4, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the City of Malibu, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

 

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

 

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years in the contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, DUI collisions have claimed 33 lives and resulted in 898 injury crashes causing 1330 injuries.

 

Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

 

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

 

Funding for these operations is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

 

AS A DRIVER, PLAN AHEAD WITH THESE TIPS:

Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins

Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver

Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.

Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.

MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Safety Operations, please contact Sergeant Daniel A. Dail at 323-890-5400 or via email at DADail@lasd.org.

 

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Malibu DUI Checkpoint

Update: The National Conversation on Workers’ Compensation is On

I must admit that the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind. When I published an article entitled “Who Will Lead the National Conversation on Workers’ Compensation?” just over two weeks ago, I had no idea I would be announcing today that the “Conversation” is about to begin. But that is just what has happened, and I am pleased to announce that the “2016 Workers’ Compensation Summit” has been scheduled for early May.

Approximately 45 people – industry leaders – including regulators, judges, lawyers, employers, carriers, TPA’s, unions, medical professionals, analysts, consultants and rehabilitative specialists will gather to talk about the future of workers’ compensation. In an industry first, at least two of the people at the table will be workers who were seriously injured on the job, and have experienced the workers’ compensation system firsthand. I will have the honor of being the moderator for this two-day meeting.

Which is ironic, considering I am the person who usually needs moderating.

This is the description being provided to Summit invitees:

A summit is being called for workers’ compensation leaders in [redacted], on May [redacted], 2016. There has been ample discussion of people’s perspectives of what is right and wrong in modern American workers’ compensation. Various organizations have suggested a “national conversation,” but each organization is at least perceived as representing particular interests. Publisher and spokesperson Bob Wilson mentioned this in a recent blog, following a conversation with a leading regulator. The response to that post led to conversations, and the decision to host this information-gathering meeting. The goal of this meeting is to bring many organizations together through their own selected leaders.

The purpose is not to decide policy or even to make recommendations. The purpose is to brainstorm the issues of modern workers’ compensation. What are the relevant conflicts in perspective regarding how comp is succeeding and where it may have shortcomings. The ultimate goal is that this meeting will produce a list of those perceptions, a framework or outline of perceptions. This framework would then be available to all organizations, companies, entities and individuals to use as a guide in conducting their own ongoing conversations about workers’ compensation over the coming months.

It is hoped that through this effort, a multitude of discussions are held throughout the country. There is a potential that some similar group may later reconvene to discuss the results of various conversations. Ultimately, some group might conclude this conversation with comprehensive and objective recommendations for state workers’ compensation programs. The end-point or conclusion is something that could be discussed in May, should the attendees so desire.

The meeting location and specific dates, as you may have noticed, are not being announced in advance. Prior to the meeting very little will be disclosed, but the intent is to fully publish the groups attendance, findings and discussions shortly after the Summit concludes. We are going to be open with the results, while attempting to establish a comfortable, private environment where participants can turn off their cell phones, roll up their sleeves and delve deeply into the issues that face our industry. This needs to be a frank and open discussion among the participants. There will be two bloggers other than myself in attendance, and we will be free to write about the meeting after it is over. However, we will insist that no specific quotes be attributed to any attendee. That anonymity must be assured in order to encourage unrestricted dialogue.

The people involved in this felt that the time was right for an industry led dialogue and coalition, and the response has been extremely encouraging. We have commitments from numerous groups that represent a variety of players in the comp arena.

It turns out if you schedule it, they really will come.

As our summit description indicated, this “conversation” will not be the end result, but rather the beginning to a greater dialogue. Our hope is that other organizations will take from our discussions and build on those ideas, with the goal of identifying and correcting flaws within our various workers’ compensation systems. Indeed, theInternational Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions(IAIABC) tells me they have an interest in leading a national discussion for the industry over the course of this next year. The first session will be at their Spring Forum in Santa Fe this April, and they will also be participating in the summit. That is just the type of activity we are hoping to see from this.

So, the conversation is on, and a gathering of industry leaders is going to occur. There are many challenges facing our industry, but we have the skill and knowledge to take them on directly. There is much to do, but it will start with a simple conversation.

And that will give us all something to talk about. Frankly, I could not be more pleased.


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Compton DUI CHeckpoint

Community: #LASD Compton DUI CHeckpoint Nets 12 Arrests, February 20, 2016

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Compton, CA – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on February 20, 2016, at Long Beach Boulevard and Myrrh Street between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

 

DUI/Drivers License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

 

1491 Vehicles through the Checkpoint

754 Vehicles Screened

3 DUI-Alcohol impaired suspects arrested

1 DUI-Combo (Alcohol / Marijuana) impaired suspect arrested

2 Suspects were Arrested for Knowingly Allowing an Unlicensed Driver to Drive, 14604 (a) CVC

3 Suspended / Revoked Drivers were Cited and Sent to Court

3 Unlicensed Drivers were Cited and Sent to Court

3 Vehicles were Impounded for 30 Days

3 Vehicles were Stored for 1 Day

 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

 

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail will be conducting additional DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.

 

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

 

Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

AS A DRIVER, PLAN AHEAD WITH THESE TIPS:

Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins

Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver

Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.

Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.

 
Contact:

Sergeant Daniel A. Dail

Traffic Services Detail

Risk Management Bureau

Professional Standards Division

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

(323) 890-5400

www.lasd.org

 

Forwarded By:

Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Hall of Justice – First floor

211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

213-229-1700
Website LASD HQ: http://www.lasd.org

DUI-Driver License Checkpoint

DUI-Driver License Checkpoint

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI-Driver License Checkpoint on January 30, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the City of West Hollywood, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI-Driver License Checkpoint on January 30, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the City of West Hollywood, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years in the contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, DUI collisions have claimed 33 lives and resulted in 898 injury crashes causing 1330 injuries. 

Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

Funding for these operations is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

AS A DRIVER, PLAN AHEAD WITH THESE TIPS:

Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins

Identify anddui7 provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver

Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.

Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.

MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Safety Operations, please contact Sergeant Daniel A. Dail at 323-890-5400 or via email atDADail@lasd.org,

Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department 

Hall of Justice – First floor  

211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

213-229-1700

Website LASD HQ: http://www.lasd.org

DUI-Driver License Checkpoint

California Company Nabbed for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Point of View from a Workers’ Comp Attorney

Work Injuries happen all the time. Most of the time employers are very accommodating and helpful. Other times like this article describes a smaller company trying to cut corners to save money, can cost the injured employee. Now just because your boss did or did not have the appropriate insurance does not affect your need for assistance.

Now the employer below I’m sure had no malicious intent, it was probably more of a calculated risk. After an injury at work, it quickly becomes a little overwhelming for some people trying to figure out where their employer stands. Getting a Workers’ Comp Attorney is more of a comfort to make sure you can focus on your recovery and get back to work. Letting the attorney’s office handle all of the headaches, and multiple phone calls to employers, doctors, therapists, and insurance companies.

California Construction Company Owner Nabbed for Workers’ Comp Fraud

The owner of a Northern California construction firm was arrested Thursday on nine felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud and tax evasion totaling $187,707 in losses.

William Huffman, 47, of Sacramento, owner of Capitol City Contractors, allegedly underreported $755,899 in payroll to avoid paying workers’ comp premiums for dozens of employees.

An insurer notified the California Department of Insurance of suspected fraud. A forensic audit of the company’s bank records revealed the alleged fraud. Detectives reportedly discovered evidence that Huffman was paying employees under the table and classifying some payroll checks as expenses for supplies and materials.

William Huffman

William Huffman

“Employers who commit workers’ compensation insurance fraud cheat the system leaving their employees at risk and their clients vulnerable to financial disaster,” California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said in a statement.

Huffman was booked into Sacramento County Jail, and bail was set at $100,000. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s office is prosecuting this case.

 

Workers’ Comp

California bucks trend as workers comp claims increase

California Workers Comp Claims

California workers compensation claim frequency increased 3% from 2010 to 2014 despite an 11% fall in claim frequency in most other states during that time, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.

In a report released Thursday, Oakland, California-based WCIRB compared its comp claim frequency data with claim frequency in 35 states and the District of Columbia, where the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. acts as the workers comp ratemaker.

WCIRB said in the report that California workers have shifted toward more hazardous industries, such as construction and manufacturing, as those sectors have increased hiring in recent years.

The bureau also found that 50% of California injured workers had less than two years of job experience in 2015, compared with 41% in 2010.

“Newer, more inexperienced workers are generally more likely to be injured on the job and file a workers’ compensation claim,” the report reads.

An increase in cumulative injury workers comp claims also contributed to an uptick in California comp claim frequency, WCIRB found. Cumulative injury claims comprised nearly 18% of California indemnity claims in 2014, up from 11.8% in 2010.

“Most cumulative injury claims involve attorney representation or multiple body parts, and these proportions have increased over the last several years,” the report reads.

Unique ChristmasTraditions

images (2)The convenience stores are already boasting candles and tinsel, and Jack Frost is sending in the chilly northern winds. The signs are clear: The holidays are coming up fast!

Are you looking for a new tradition or two that will help your family get in the holiday spirit and create lasting memories together? Check out this plethora of ideas to add to your bag of holiday fun!

  1. Give your kids a set of cozy winter pajamas every Christmas Eve.
  2. Hang gift bags or small stockings on your neighbors’ doorknobs.
  3. Using SignUpGenius, create a holiday party where everyone brings a gift for a family in need.
  4. Give multiple people Secret Santa gift baskets. Pick out five to ten people or families that sacrifice a lot for the community, and make gift baskets to leave on their porches.
  5. Using SignUpGenius, organize a party and have everyone bring supplies to fill Secret Santa baskets.
  6. Put your kids on decorating duty! Give them Popsicle sticks, cotton balls, glue, paint, etc. and have them make festive crafts to display around the house.
  7. To include friends in the above tradition, organize a party for families and create a sign up list on SignUpGenius to be sure that all of the necessary craft materials are brought.
  8. Give each child a unique ornament every Christmas Day.
  9. For the 12 days of Christmas or 8 nights of Hanukkah, have a small daily community service task for your family or one of its members to complete.
  10. For Kwanzaa, include your kids in the nightly folktale. Have them create picture books of the tales by letting them each color a page and write part of the story on it.
  11. Start a house decorating contest in your neighborhood.
  12. For the truly bold, hide a pickle in the branches of your Christmas tree. The first child to find it gets an extra small present.
  13. For extended family members who mail gifts to each other every year, skip the postage and let folks pick a charity to give to instead.
  14. Pick your favorite holiday movie and cozy up to it with hot cider and popcorn each year.
  15. Go see the lights. Drive around your city or a nearby town and drink in the glowing festivity.
  16. Make a memory book by recording each member’s favorite part of the season (in pictures or words) and keep it for future enjoyment.
  17. While it’s nice to burrow into new gifts throughout the holiday afternoon, instead initiate something special that your family does only on that day. (Playing an entire game of Monopoly or reading a special book are good examples.)
  18. Feed the neighborhood birds by throwing pine cones and strings of popcorn covered in peanut butter and bird seed into the tree branches.
  19. Call up a family or old friend (who isn’t expecting it) to come celebrate with you.
  20. Grab your passports (figuratively) and choose a different country each year. Research their holiday traditions and incorporate theirs into your own.
  21. Start a Charity Box/Jar that you keep in the kitchen or other frequently used part of the house. Throughout the year, drop cash and loose change in it. Come the holidays, collaborate with the family and decide on something worthy of its contents.
  22. Have a gingerbread or latkes making party or contest!
  23. If you have three or more children that are old enough, have each of them draw names and purchase a gift for that one person. If necessary, set a dollar limit.
  24. For Hanukkah, organize a potluck (using SignUpGenius, of course!) and dreidel tournament.
  25. Leave a bowl of reindeer food (oatmeal and glitter) in your front yard on Christmas Eve. (Don’t forget to remind Santa to tip the bowl over and scatter the food when he comes!)
  26. Whether it’s cinnamon buns, sourdough bread with butter, or an egg-sausage casserole, have a special, consistent breakfast on Christmas morning or a few different choices throughout Hanukkah.
  27. For families of Santa fans, buy presents for kids off of an angel tree at your church or at a mall.
  28. A family walk during Hanukkah or on Christmas day will help prevent sluggishness and keep spirits high.
  29. A fun (and thrifty) Hanukkah tradition is to keep the gifts simple and minor, and put the focus on a theme for each night. (Charity Night, Family Game Night, Home Movie Night…)
  30. Send a Christmas letter with a recent family picture, especially to your friends and relatives who don’t spend much time on computers keeping up with people.
  31. Host a cookie swap or a Christmas tea. Use SignUpGenius.com to invite and organize.
  32. Pick an evening and go Christmas caroling with your neighbors.
  33. Decorate a gingerbread house together.
  34. Host a gingerbread house decorating contest. Use SignUpGenius.com to invite and coordinate who brings each type of candy.
  35. Ask each family member to make a card for everyone in your immediate family and place them on the tree on Christmas Eve to open before gifts in the morning.
  36. Plan a progressive dinner for neighbors, church small group members or school families you’d like to get to know better in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Use SignUpGenius.com to invite and organize.
  37. If you live in a warm climate, take a bike ride in the parking lot of a shopping center or mall on Christmas Day when the area is empty of the usual cars.
  38. If you live in a snow-laden climate, face off for a snowball fight or build a snowman together.
  39. Organize a Holiday group gift for your child’s teacher using SignUpGenius.com.
  40. Update your family photo early, so you’re ready to send it out with a Christmas card in December.
  41. Gather a group and host a Christmas party for seniors at a local retirement home. Use SignUpGenius.com to invite and organize.
  42. Decorate a holiday themed dish at a local paint your own pottery with your family and add to the set every year.
  43. Offer to babysit for a single mom while she goes out Christmas shopping.
  44. Get a new holiday music CD every year and listen to the CDs while you are in the middle of enjoying other holiday traditions together.
  45. Have each child write a “Dear Santa” or “Dear God” letter each year and collect them to share together around the holidays as the kids grow up.
  46. Think about a family who might be struggling at Christmas and brainstorm ways to encourage them together. Decide on one or two ideas to do as a family.
  47. Start a Christmas puzzle together at the beginning of the season and work on it a little bit at a time to decompress through the holidays.
  48. Watch family videos of previous winter holidays together while drinking hot chocolate.
  49. Bundle up and make a day trip to a tree farm to pick out a Christmas tree and return home to decorate it together.
  50. Organize a school wide Christmas shop where families can contribute new or gently used items from around the house and kids can shop for inexpensive gifts for their family members. Use SignUpGenius.com to coordinate volunteers to set up, man the shop and restock.
  51. Visit a live nativity scene and return home to act out or read the Christmas story together.

We know you’ll love spending all of the time you save on more meaningful activities with family and friends. From us to you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Christmas and holiday season

Picture-Of-Christmas-The Christmas season,[1][2] or festive season,[3] (also called the holiday season or simply the holidays, mainly in the U.S. and Canada),[4][5] is an annually recurring period recognized in many Western and Western-influenced countries that is generally considered to run from late November to early January,[6][7][8] defined as incorporating at least Christmas and usually New Year, and sometimes various other holidays and festivals. It incorporates a period of shopping which comprises a peak season for the retail sector (the “Christmas (or holiday) shopping season”), and a period of sales at the end of the season (the “January sales”).Christmas window displays and Christmas tree lighting ceremonies when trees decorated with ornaments and light bulbs are illuminated, are traditions in many areas.

Originally, the term “Christmas season” was considered synonymous with Christmastide,[9][10] a term associated with Yuletide, which runs from December 25 (Christmas Day) to January 6 (Epiphany), popularly known as the 12 Days of Christmas. However, as the economic impact involving the anticipatory lead-up to Christmas Day grew in America and Europe into the 19th and 20th centuries, the term “Christmas season” began to become synonymous instead with the traditional Christian Advent season,[10][11] the period observed in Western Christianity from the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day until Christmas Day itself. The term “Advent calendar” survives in secular Western parlance as a term referring to a countdown to Christmas Day from the beginning of December.

Beginning in the mid-20th century, as the Christian-associated Christmas holiday became increasingly secularized and central to American economics and culture while religio-multicultural sensitivity rose, generic references to the season that omitted the word “Christmas” became more common in the corporate and public sphere of the United States,[12] which has caused a semantics controversy[13] that continues to the present. By the late 20th century, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and the African American cultural holiday of Kwanzaa began to be considered in the U.S. as being part of the “holiday season”, a term that as of 2013 has become equally or more prevalent than “Christmas season” in U.S. sources to refer to the end-of-the-year festive period.[12][14][15]“Holiday season” has also spread in varying degrees to Canada;[16] however, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the phrase “holiday season” is not widely understood to be synonymous with the Christmas–New Year period, and is often instead associated withsummer holidays.[17]