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April 2016 Archives

An Overview of ERISA Benefits

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 protects retirement funds for American workers. It is designed to ensure that your nest egg is around when you retire. It imposes rules on employers that offer retirement plans to protect your investment. This article will go over ERISA protections and how they may apply to your job.

Driver in single car and rollover accidents could be unclear

Identifying the driver believed to be responsible for a crash is crucial for many reasons, the least of which is to ensure that the final report is correct. It is also important in order to ensure that the right party faces criminal charges and/or civil claims in a Missouri court, if any are contemplated. The problem is that in some single car and rollover accidents, it could be a challenge to determine who was the driver and who was a passenger.

You may be entitled to the Prevailing Wage

Most everyone is aware of the minimum wage but that is not the only minimum wage out there. There are different wages for a variety of jobs, including small employers, waitresses and workers who work on public works projects. Public works projects mean jobs contracted out by the government to accomplish public works like bridges and roads. That special wage rate is referred to as the "prevailing wage." This article will go over the prevailing wage and how it could apply to you and your co-workers.

Rear-end collisions can lead to head-on collisions

It can be easy for Missouri drivers to become complacent behind the wheel, which could make them less attentive. If drivers are not paying adequate attention to the road and other vehicles, they might not be prepared to stop when needed and could run into the back of the car ahead of them. It is under these circumstances that some rear-end collisions can become head-on collisions as well.

Reporting work injuries is shielded by whistleblower protections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigate companies to ensure that they respect workers' rights. Among those protections is the right to report injuries and work hazards. This is critical to improve safety and reduce injuries. This article will go over how OSHA investigates may help you and what they can do for you.

An overview of the Americans with Disability Act

The Americans with Disability Act was a landmark law that granted protections for disabled Americans to access work, stores and many other activities that other people take for granted. Specifically, the ADA mandates that employers give equal opportunity for disabled Americans in hiring, promotions, retentions and all other aspects related to employment. It does not, however, force employers to hire unqualified people for a job. This article will address some of those myths and how they may apply to you.

Pharmacist and doctor errors with medications can be dangerous

Many Missouri residents rely on medications to control chronic conditions. If they contract another illness or suffer some other sort of injury, they might need a different medication to help them recover. When it comes to medications, pharmacist and doctor errors can have dangerous repercussions for patients.

OSHA releases new rules to protect workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released new rules to protect workers who are exposed to respirable silica. Silica is a fine dust that is breathed in and causes silicosis, an incurable disease. It is found in a multitude of products, most notably concrete and stone. Workers are exposed as they drill, dig, grind and crush this material, which creates the dust that is breathed in. This article will go over the changes and how it affects you.

DOL adopts rules to bring transparency to unionizing

Gone are the days when company bosses would hire Pinkerton agents to bust up union meetings and demonstrations. Companies now engage "consultants" to speak with and advise workers regarding union activities. These consultants do not need to identify themselves as company contractors or employees and can work to discourage unionization. In response to this practice, the Department of Labor has passed new rules to regulate this practice. This article will go over these consultants and how the new rules constrain their actions.

Arrests after drunk driving accidents might not be enough

If a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a car, everyone on the road is in danger. When drunk driving accidents in Missouri or elsewhere occur, the impaired drivers are often arrested at the scenes and charged. However, for the seriously injured and the families of victims who die in these crashes, arrests might not be enough.

Employers sued for discriminating based on sexual orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or "EEOC") filed two lawsuits in the beginning of March. These two lawsuits allege employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Specifically, that these two employers allowed a pattern of hostile actions and harassment to take place and then retaliated against those employees when they lodged complaints.

Filing a complaint with the Wage and Hour Division

The Wage and Hour Division (or "WDH") administers several laws within the Department of Labor. If you have a wage and hour complaint, then you will likely file a complaint with them. This article will go over some basic information regarding the WHD and filing complaints.