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Construction workers have a right to a safe workplace

Ensuring that construction sites and other workplaces are as safe as possible is a lofty, but worthwhile ambition. In 1970, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was conceived as an entity to investigate improper workplace safety and to promulgate minimum safety regulations. OSHA enforces regulations related to many aspects of workplace safety. There are a variety of areas of compliance to which employers must adhere, including the following:

  • Keeping employees informed of their rights.
  • Training employees on proper safety procedures for handling dangerous materials or while engaging in hazardous tasks.
  • Removing recognized dangers from the workplace.
  • Providing workers with the proper gear to perform tasks safely when it is not possible to effectively remove a hazard from a work site. The safety gear should be provided to the workers free of charge.
  • Keeping documentation pertaining to job-related injuries suffered by workers.
  • Posting lists documenting OSHA citations and injuries.

Do you have rights as a temporary employee?

If you are a temporary employee, your status is typically different from if you were seasonal. Temporary employees, or "temps," are typically hired as a stopgap to temporarily replace a worker that suddenly left or is temporarily on leave. This post will go over the factors that go into being a temp. Hopefully, you will be better armed to discern the difference between temporary and full-time employment.

Tips on keeping those work-related New Year's resolutions

That time of year is upon us again: the time to make resolutions. And six months from now the time to realize that no one has met them yet, except that one person on Facebook. What this article hopes to address is to give some tips on how to turn those lofty ideals into manageable steps.

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.