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Protection for whistleblowers in the United States

Organizations may be unethical and corrupt, but this does not mean every individual working for them has a part to play. Some employees expose wrongdoing at their organization by whistleblowing. Whistleblowing is the exposure of information to internal or external sources by an employee, which proves something illegal, unethical, fraudulent or corrupt is going on within the organization.

Appellate court decision favors NFL in "Deflate-gate" case

What started as a silly dispute between one millionaire and another has evolved into a titanic struggle that pits union and labor rights against business interests. At the center of this controversy is Tom Brady, the Patriot's quarterback, and Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the NFL. The "Deflate-gate" scandal centers around allegations that Mr. Brady deflated footballs used in a playoff game. It was alleged that this improved the grip on the ball and gave Mr. Brady an unfair advantage. The dispute involved scientists and lawyers from all over the country.

Department of Labor implements new civil penalties

For years the civil penalties that government entities could levy on companies that violate their employees' rights have been stagnant. Congress did not allow the agencies to peg the penalties to inflation. The net result was that the "bite" of the penalties was slowly eroded over time until they were essentially meaningless. But last year, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, to advance the effectiveness of penalties.

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.

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.

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.

The Tragic Result when Companies Cut Corners

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (or "OSHA") was formed to enforce minimum safety standards in the workplace. It promulgates rules that employers must obey or face fines. These rules are important especially in dangerous industries, like construction. They protect workers and save lives. Unfortunately one company, Southern Pan, decided to ignore the rules and as a result one of their projects collapsed, killing one worker.

Safety tips for working in trenches

Workers that excavate and enter trenches risk death or serious injury every day. It may not seem like a lot but one cubic yard of dirt can easily weigh more than 3,000 pounds. This can easily crush or suffocate a buried worker. From 2000 to 2009, 350 workers died inĀ trench cave-ins. These are preventable deaths. Humans have known how to safely excavate dirt for hundreds of years. It requires careful study of the soil and proper use of stabilizing tools.

Disability versus workers' compensation

When a worker is injured on the job, there are several different types of financial support that may assist them. You can access disability benefits, Social Security disability insurance and workers' compensation. Each of these programs carries different requirements and differing payout schedules. This article will discuss the difference between disability insurance and workers' compensation.