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Lack 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 in 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.

How can the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program help you?

The federal government has numerous programs to assist workers who lose their jobs due to foreign trade. One of the largest of these initiatives is the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, which is administered by the states on behalf of the Department of Labor. This article will go over how TAA may assist you if you lose your job.

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.

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.

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.