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What happens to my workers' compensation if I go back to work?

Workers' compensation is money that is paid to you because you were injured at work while doing your job. Generally, you would have filed a claim with your employer and some sort of state agency. The point of workers' compensation is to pay you for the time you are missing away from work, which is why it is called workers' compensation. It allows injured worker's to continue getting money even though they are unable to work. So the nature of workers' compensation is to be temporary until you no longer need the benefits.

The intersection of employee rights and the new economy

Companies like Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit and other short-term "gig" jobs are altering the job market. Work that was once considered safe, reliable middle-class jobs is being eroded by Internet companies. These companies started with the goal of filling a short-term need are now replacing those jobs that they meant to supplement. The changing atmosphere of work and the rights given to workers is an ongoing process. There is no way to definitively know what, if any, rights that the new economy will produce.

Federal law is not the only source of employee rights

Perhaps you are familiar with the federal agencies and laws like ERISA, the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. All of these huge landmark laws reshaped the labor market. However, most of the laws impose broad guidelines that many states then choose to expand upon to tailor to their specific needs. In Missouri, this local expansion took the form of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The Department of Labor is comprised of dozens of agencies, commissions, and boards that regulate all manner of labor law and relations.

Construction worker dies after fall and blow to head

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the death of a construction worker. He died in an apparent accident while working at a Carthage, Missouri construction location. It appears that the construction worker fell from a three-sided box that was positioned on the tracks of a tractor. He fell from a height of approximately 11 feet after which the box fell down, striking him on the head.

You worked for your benefits, make sure you get them

Benefits can be any form of compensation that your employer promises to give you in exchange for your labor. A benefit is typically a wage or salary, but it also includes 401(k) matching, medical insurance, company car, company house, bonuses, reimbursed tuition and many other alternative forms of benefits. Employers can be sneaky. Your boss has other bosses that he answers to, whether that is a vice president, shareholders, investors or banks. Sometimes he manages this through efficient management and sustainable business growth, other times a boss will cut corners and take advantage of his employees.

Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act

Employees in Missouri and throughout the country have rights. Many of those rights were granted to them by the enactment of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. If you suspect that your rights as an employee have been violated, you could benefit from a better understanding of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

What rights do employees have?

As an employee, you are at risk for unfair practices from your employer. While you may feel trapped in the situation, there are legal protections and resources for you. It's common for employees to feel like they are powerless. In the face of harassment, discrimination and even wrongful termination, you can be empowered through legal support. Employee rights are protected through legislation directed at at-risk individuals. Americans with disabilities, race, gender, sexual orientation are all protected statuses.

There are limits to your employer's right to monitor you

As most workers in Missouri know, there is little privacy in the workplace. Something you say to one person can soon get around the office, but the matter extends far beyond this. This is because in many places of work, employers monitor almost everything, including calls, emails and even Internet use. While it is understandable that your employer needs to protect his or her business interests, it is vital that your rights are taken into consideration in the process.

Former fire captain wins suit against fire department

Every year in Missouri, workers lose their jobs for no reason at all, or even for extremely unfair or illegal reasons. Whatever the case, it is always a distressing experience. However, if you have been unfairly dismissed, the news may not all be bad, as you might be entitled to compensation.

Be prepared to stand up for your rights

Workers throughout Missouri know what it is like to be treated unfairly by their colleagues and employers. While the majority of workplaces throughout the state do not ascribe to such unfair practices, there are still all too many that do, and it is the employees who suffer as a result. Worse still, all too many feel like there is nowhere to turn and no way out as they fear that reporting the issue could cost them their job, leaving them and their family in financial jeopardy.