Barbara Kate Repa

Barbara Kate Repa, a lawyer and journalist, wrote and edited for Nolo from 1988 to 2010—specializing in workplace rights, estate planning, and end-of-life issues. She worked on Nolo's Quicken WillMaker Plus software and is the coauthor of Your Rights in the Workplace. She currently works as a legal expert on aging, healthcare, and end-of-life issues.

Articles By Barbara Kate Repa

Arbitration Pros and Cons
Whether you've signed a contract with mandatory arbitration language buried within or are considering arbitration as an alternative to litigation, it pays to learn the pros and cons of arbitration.
State Laws on Access to Your Personnel File
In many states, employees have the right to view, or request a copy of, their personnel files.
How and Where Do I File For Unemployment?
Learn how -- and where -- to file your claim for unemployment benefits.
Social Security Retirement Benefits
Eligibility, amount, taxation, and timing of Social Security retirement benefits.
How to File a Workers' Compensation Claim
To get workers' comp benefits for an on-the-job injury or illness, you need to follow your state's rules for reporting the injury and filing a claim. Learn how the process works and where to get more information and help.
If Your Wages Are Garnished: Your Rights
Your wages can be garnished if you owe child support, alimony, student loans, or back taxes, or a court judgment has been entered against you.
Disabilities Covered by Social Security Disability Benefits
To collect Social Security disability benefits, your condition must meet the legal definition of a disability.
Collecting Other Benefits and Income While on Social Security Disability
Some benefits and income will decrease your SSDI check, while others will not.
State Laws on References and Statements By Former Employers
Many states regulate what an employer may say about a former employee—for example, when giving a reference to a prospective employer. Does your state make employers immune from liability for statements they make in a reference?
State Laws on Older Drivers
For many older people, and their loved ones, determining when they are no longer safe on the road is a difficult and heart wrenching process. But ignoring the issue can be dangerous. Elders should carefully monitor their physical changes and make sure any changes don't inhibit their driving ability. Family and friends can also watch for signs that indicate an older person should not be driving.