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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.

Some tips for adolescent seasonal employment

With the summer coming up, the tradition of high school students working part-time or seasonal jobs is kicking off. This is a tradition that goes all the way back to when families began migrating to cities and schools began offering summer breaks. But it's important to remember that young workers are a specially protected group under the Fair Labor Standards Act (or "FLSA"). With these protections, youth workers cannot engage in certain jobs. This article will go over some of those restrictions.

Tips for working outside in the winter, pt. 3

Spring is in the air, but cold snaps and harsh weather remains a real possibility. The CDC released some tips for working safely out in the elements. As discussed in a prior article, cold weather illnesses can sneak up on you. Vigilance and adherence to safety procedures are the key to ensuring that you and your co-workers don't suffer permanent damage. This article will discuss safety tips for the last two cold-related injuries listed by the CDC, trench foot and chilblains.

Tips for working outside in the winter, pt. 2

Frostbite is the second most common cold-based injury. As discussed in a prior article, winter brings with it a whole host of new and unexpected injuries. In addition to the increased risk of crashing your vehicle or getting a concussion slipping on some black ice, you also must contend with the elements. The human body can generate its own heat. However, it is a constant battle between you and the cold. This article will discuss the risks and treatments for frostbite.

Information you need to file for unemployment benefits

Everyone falls on hard times at some point. Some people are fortunate to have friends and family to support them and others are grateful for government support. One of these support programs is unemployment insurance. Most employers must pay into the unemployment insurance fund. This is what allows workers to get temporary benefits while they search for new a job. Unfortunately, fraudulent claims are a serious problem for these funds. This article will go over the information you need to access unemployment benefits and how you can avoid fraud.

Tips for working outside in the winter, pt. 1

You are entitled to a generally safe work environment, as enshrined by OSHA and other similar laws. This means that your employer must take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and to address danger areas. Usually this means providing safety goggles and putting up warning signs. But, during the winter this can become more involved. Working outside in the winter is dangerous, everyone knows that. The CDC has released guidelines addressing the more common winter-based injuries and illnesses and how to address them. This article is going to go over a few of the dangers, how you can minimize them and how your employer can help.

Is America ready for paid family leave?

The United States occupies many first place positions in the world, most powerful military, biggest economy and most influential culture. However, there is one place it sits dead last, paid family leave from work. The U.S. is the only developed economy not to require paid family leave. Families every day are forced into impossible choices between caring for a sick child or elderly parent and going to work. For most of these workers, missing work is not an option. This article will discuss these numbers, how it affects you and explore any trends signaling a shift in perspective.