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February 2016 Archives

Some tips on what to do after you lose a job pt. 1

Losing a job is hard for everyone. The blow to your ego shakes your confidence then dread for the future sets in as you wonder how you will support yourself and your family. This turmoil is expected and but you cannot let it consume you. Losing a job is terrible, but it does not have to be the be-all and end-all. You can move passed it. This article will go over some of the tips on what you should do after losing a job.

Information you need to file for unemployment benefits

Everyone falls on hard times at some point. Some people are fortunate to have friends and family to support them and others are grateful for government support. One of these support programs is unemployment insurance. Most employers must pay into the unemployment insurance fund. This is what allows workers to get temporary benefits while they search for new a job. Unfortunately, fraudulent claims are a serious problem for these funds. This article will go over the information you need to access unemployment benefits and how you can avoid fraud.

Tips for working outside in the winter, pt. 1

You are entitled to a generally safe work environment, as enshrined by OSHA and other similar laws. This means that your employer must take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and to address danger areas. Usually this means providing safety goggles and putting up warning signs. But, during the winter this can become more involved. Working outside in the winter is dangerous, everyone knows that. The CDC has released guidelines addressing the more common winter-based injuries and illnesses and how to address them. This article is going to go over a few of the dangers, how you can minimize them and how your employer can help.

The basics of Missouri sexual harassment laws

Missouri, like the federal government, prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace. Missouri encapsulates its anti-harassment laws in the Missouri Human Rights Act. The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations enforces all the terms of the MHRA, including sexual harassment. The MHRA is a broadly drafted law that: lays out who is bound by its provisions, the prohibited conduct and potential penalties to both violators and employers. This article will briefly explore the MHRA and how it may apply to you.

Missouri man dies in car vs. truck accident on I-70

Nearly every driver in Missouri knows that some days, highway speed limits are more of a suggestion than a rule. Construction, weather and other road conditions can require traffic to slow down or even stop. If a driver becomes impatient or does not conform to the traffic pattern for another reason, it jeopardizes the lives of everyone on the highway. This seems to have contributed to a car vs. truck accident on Interstate 70 that killed a driver and seriously injured his passenger.

New minimum wage rule for contractors

Way back in February 2014, the Obama administration proposed new minimum wage rules for contractors hired by the federal government. The new minimum wage was raised to $10.15 and was finally implemented January 1st of this year. This is a $.05 increase over the original proposal as set forth by the Obama administration. From now on, all contractors working for the federal government must be paid this minimum wage.

Is America ready for paid family leave?

The United States occupies many first place positions in the world, most powerful military, biggest economy and most influential culture. However, there is one place it sits dead last, paid family leave from work. The U.S. is the only developed economy not to require paid family leave. Families every day are forced into impossible choices between caring for a sick child or elderly parent and going to work. For most of these workers, missing work is not an option. This article will discuss these numbers, how it affects you and explore any trends signaling a shift in perspective.

Some cars narrowly escape being involved in head-on collisions

Nearly every Missouri driver has been in a situation where they were almost involved in an accident. Some cars narrowly escape being involved in head-on collisions, drunk driving accidents and other types of crashes in which people are often seriously or fatally injured. Sadly, other vehicles -- and their occupants -- are not as fortunate. 

The responsible parties in head-on collisions do not always live

When Missouri residents become the victims of a devastating accident such as a head-on collision, they naturally want the person responsible to be held accountable. However, the responsible parties in head-on collisions do not always survive the crashes. Even though this means that there will not be any criminal proceedings, that does not mean that the victims and their families will be unable to seek restitution, justice and closure.

Debunking myths about sexual harassment pt. 1

In spite of the focus that has been placed on the issue of sexual harassment in recent years, it is a topic that still generates a number of myths. For example, there is a belief that sexual harassment is merely flirting and as such does not need to be taken too seriously. But flirting is a consensual reciprocal action between two people. If only one person is engaging then it isn't flirting, it is merely an uncomfortable conversation. However, if attempts at flirtation are repeated and unwanted, then this could constitute sexual harassment.

Construction workers have a right to a safe workplace

Ensuring that construction sites and other workplaces are as safe as possible is a lofty, but worthwhile ambition. In 1970, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was conceived as an entity to investigate improper workplace safety and to promulgate minimum safety regulations. OSHA enforces regulations related to many aspects of workplace safety. There are a variety of areas of compliance to which employers must adhere, including the following:

  • Keeping employees informed of their rights.
  • Training employees on proper safety procedures for handling dangerous materials or while engaging in hazardous tasks.
  • Removing recognized dangers from the workplace.
  • Providing workers with the proper gear to perform tasks safely when it is not possible to effectively remove a hazard from a work site. The safety gear should be provided to the workers free of charge.
  • Keeping documentation pertaining to job-related injuries suffered by workers.
  • Posting lists documenting OSHA citations and injuries.

Improper passing leads to many head-on collisions in Missouri

Two lane roads have both solid yellow lines and broken ones. Broken lines indicate where it is legal to pass if it is safe to do so, and the solid lines let drivers know that it is unsafe and illegal to pass. Just because the lines are broken, however, does not mean that passing is safe. Improper passing -- either over broken or solid lines -- leads to many head-on collisions here in Missouri.