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June 2016 Archives

Your rights under a multi-national employer

As corporations become increasingly multinational, it is understandable that their managers may misunderstand which law they are bound by. In the United States and its territories, U.S. employment law controls. All covered workers regardless of their citizenship or work authorization status are protected by U.S. equal employment opportunity (or "EEO") laws. This post will go over some common examples and exceptions to this general rule and how they may apply to you.

Hit-and-run accidents are sometimes intentional

Most people do not use vehicles as weapons. Even so, some hit\-and\-run accidents are intentional. When authorities find the drivers involved in these types of crashes -- whether they occur here in Missouri or elsewhere -- those drivers could face murder charges along with civil suits filed by the victims and/or the families of the victims.

Study finds that one in three women have been sexually assaulted

Sexual harassment is far more insidious than you may initially think. Harassment is difficult because it is hard to define, which makes it easy for some people to overstep boundaries. Much of it depends upon the nature of the relationship between among employees. What may be inappropriate to one person is not to another, which is why standard policies are difficult to enforce. But this does not mean that sexual harassment does not occur or isn't a big problem. This post will go over a recent study that explored the nature of the problem.

Gig Economy Continues to Grow

The gig economy is all over the news. Recent stories about class actions against Uber and new contracts with Lyft drivers dominate the news cycle. But many of these stories overlook the true impact of the gig economy. The Internet enabled the growth of small businesses and contract work, this trend has been ongoing long before smartphones and apps overtook the phone market.

T-bone collisions can result in unrelated consequences

Motor vehicle crashes do not happen in a vacuum. In addition to the losses incurred by those involved and their families, head-on, rear-end and T-bone collisions -- among other accidents -- often affect people who otherwise have nothing to do with the crash. For instance, a recent accident here in Missouri left approximately one thousand homes without power until approximately 8:30 a.m. the morning following it.

Inexperienced drivers are at higher risk for rollover accidents

It remains a rite of passage for teenagers in Missouri and elsewhere in the country to get their driver's licenses. Parents trust their newly licensed teens to be out on the roadways despite the fact that they have little experience behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the only way to gain the needed experience behind the wheel is to get out on the roadways. This makes these inexperienced drivers particularly at risk for serious collisions, such as rollover accidents.

Your rights under a multi-national employer

As corporations become increasingly multinational, it is understandable that their managers may misunderstand which law they are bound by. In the United States and its territories, U.S. employment law controls. All covered workers regardless of their citizenship or work authorization status are protected by U.S. equal employment opportunity (or "EEO") laws. This post will go over some common examples and exceptions to this general rule and how they may apply to you.

Returning to work and workers' compensation benefits

Workers' compensation is paid out to workers who are injured on the job. Workers get a quick and guaranteed source of benefit funds and in exchange, they agree not to sue their employer. Everyone's costs are reduced, and everyone wins. But what happens when you return to work? Are you benefits automatically ended or is there some sort of grace period? This post will go over those questions.

Employment Agreements as a Shield Against Termination

Not every person who is fired was wrongfully terminated. In most cases, your boss can fire you just about any reason that he or she wants. There are a few exceptions for example; an employer is prohibited from firing someone based upon their gender, family status, age or ethnicity. Additionally, employers cannot fire people who report them for breaking the law or other whistleblower protections. But other than those few examples, most firings are perfectly legal (even if not justified).

Lack of official certification limits options of qualified vets

A consistent theme among veteran unemployment is that veterans are unable to transfer their skills and training to civilian jobs. Veterans are routinely forced to use their GI Bill education benefits to pay for duplicative training or education, money that could be better spent on obtaining a higher education.

Survivors of head-on collisions often have serious injuries

Surviving accidents anywhere in the country -- including here in Missouri -- depends on many factors, and in some cases, some people would even say that luck plays a part. However, many head-on collisions result in such intense impacts that many people lose their lives in them. If vehicle occupants are lucky enough to survive, they often suffer serious injuries.

Returning to work and workers' compensation benefits

Workers' compensation is paid out to workers who are injured on the job. Workers get a quick and guaranteed source of benefit funds and in exchange, they agree not to sue their employer. Everyone's costs are reduced, and everyone wins. But what happens when you return to work? Are you benefits automatically ended or is there some sort of grace period? This post will go over those questions.

Pressures at home connected to increase in litigation

In 2014, a $187 million in punitive damages were awarded by a federal jury to a female employee that her employer discriminated against her, demoted her after she became pregnant and later fired her. Punitive damages are awarded to punish companies for bad acts, in this case discrimination. There are numerous laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace. The Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Affordable Care Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act all prohibit discrimination in one form or another for numerous groups.

Drunk driving accidents: Missouri parents lose children in wreck

Every weekday morning during the school year, parents across Missouri send their children off to school with the expectation that they will come home at the end of the day. Sadly, not all children make it home. Some of them are killed in drunk driving accidents while they are waiting for their school buses.