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Colorado Short Term Disability

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The state of Colorado does not require that employees get benefits for short-term disabilities.

Colorado is not unusual in this respect. Only five states have passed legislation mandating that employers pay short term Disability to their workers. Those five are New York, Rhode Island, California, Hawaii, and ... continue reading

Federal Short Term Disability

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Employees in the US are strongly encouraged to keep themselves informed and up-to-date on their rights to short-term disability benefits.

Human Resources offices are the best locations for garnering detailed and useful information about such benefits.

One of the first things workers will discover is ... continue reading

Massachusetts Short Term Disability

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Massachusetts workers who are suffering a short-term disability may be disappointed when they discover that the state has no legislation requiring employers to pay short-term disability.

There are some options, however, that employees in Massachusetts are encouraged to explore.

One of them is the Family ... continue reading

Vermont Sick Pay

Thursday, October 1st, 2009
Posted by Tamara
There are ten states in the U.S. that pay employees for their accrued vacation time when they leave the job. No state pays for accrued sick leave upon termination. In fact, there is no Vermont law or federal law requiring companies to provide its workers with any paid sick ... continue reading

Massachusetts Worker Safety and ATVs

Monday, April 27th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Massachusetts employees are concerned about the safety of ATVs.

This is a valid concern. As fun as ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) appear, they can be the cause of injury and fatalities. In Arizona over Labor Day, a recreational accident with an ATV resulted in a tragic death. ... continue reading

New Hampshire Worker Safety and ATV

Monday, April 20th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) are used for recreation and for business, and are becoming more popular in the landscaping, construction and agriculture industries. Though these vehicles look like toys, they can be dangerous. A recent Consumer Product Safety Commission report states that accidents involving ATV have risen along with ... continue reading

Paid Time Off and FMLA in North Carolina

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
In North Carolina, in some cases, employers may count paid time, such as sick leave, vacation time, personal days and short-term disability against a worker’s 12 weeks of FMLA leave. According to the U. S. Department of Labor, these policies depend on the company and the state in which ... continue reading

Light Duty in New Hampshire

Monday, November 24th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
If an employee requires a transfer to a light duty position, New Hampshire employers are not legally required to provide a job if a light duty position isn’t available. There is no New Hampshire or federal law pertaining to light duty, but several cases have been tried in the ... continue reading

Connecticut Short Term Disability

Monday, July 14th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Many employees wonder about collecting short term disability after an auto accident. Employees in Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, and California all have the benefit of a state short term disability plan. Such plans provide government guaranteed income for eligible employees.

Workers in Connecticut and ... continue reading

Florida Short Term Disability

Thursday, July 10th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Some Florida employees who require short term disability leave from work may very well receive compensation. However, that compensation will not be a result of any government guaranteed short term disability coverage. This is true whether the disability is caused by an auto accident or not.

Florida ... continue reading

Nevada Short Term Disability

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Nevada does not offer any short term disability benefits to employees after an auto accident, or for any other reason, unless the injury is work-related.

Federal law protects employees in many ways.   Worker safety standards are set and maintained by federal agencies such as OSHA.   ... continue reading

Arkansas Short Term Disability

Saturday, July 5th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The law requires Arkansas employers to provide unpaid leave to employees who qualify under the FMLA, or Family and Medical Leave Act.   No federal or state law requires an Arkansas employer to provide income to an employee during an FMLA absence.   The Family and Medical Leave Act ... continue reading

Light Duty in Maryland

Monday, June 23rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
In Maryland, as well as other states in the U.S., an   employee with a light duty restriction is not guaranteed a job. But, there is an exemption under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If the employee meets the legal definition of being disabled, the employer must make reasonable ... continue reading

Light Duty in Kentucky

Thursday, June 19th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Many Kentucky employees misunderstand light duty. In general, no employer has to pay a worker if there is no suitable light duty assignment for that person. Nor does the employer have to invent a job if none exists.   There is no state or federal law that requires an ... continue reading

Light Duty in Arizona

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The United States Department of Labor has no law that mandates an employer in Arizona must always put an employee on light duty restrictions.   But, because dealing with this situation has become more frequent, the agency has drafted a variety of regulations on the subject.

Although ... continue reading

Light Duty in Tennessee

Sunday, June 15th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
An employee, in Tennessee, who has been injured in an auto accident and wants to return to work on light duty restrictions, could be legally denied this request. That’s because there is no federal or Tennessee law that requires an employer to provide an employee light duty when that ... continue reading

Wyoming Sick Pay

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
In Wyoming or even in tough labor law states in the U.S. such as California, there are no federal or state laws that require an employer to pay workers for sick days.   This benefit is left entirely up to the employer.   However, there are 10 states in ... continue reading

Washington Sick Pay

Friday, June 6th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
There are no laws, federal or state, that require an employer to compensate an employee for missed sick days from work. Unless there is a union contract in place, a company is under no obligation to offer paid sick days as a benefit to its workers. Although there are ... continue reading

New York Sick Pay

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
There is no federal or state law in New York that requires an employer to pay sick time.   An employee may feel that he or she is “owed” the sick time but most companies offer the paid sick time as a benefit because they know that not all ... continue reading

Missouri Sick Pay

Saturday, May 31st, 2008
Posted by Tamara
There is no federal or Missouri state law requiring employees be paid for sick time.   In addition, there is no law, federal or state, that requires an employee to pay a worker for accrued sick time upon termination. If an employee has accumulated vacation time, about 10 states ... continue reading

Colorado Sick Pay

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
In Colorado, or any other state in the U.S., an employer can decide to no longer offer sick pay as a job benefit and this would be legal.   There is no federal or Colorado state law that requires an employer to provide sick pay. An exception would be ... continue reading

Oklahoma STD and Termination

Monday, April 14th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

In the state of Oklahoma, some workers have questions in regards to short-term disability, and what impact that type of leave can have on their jobs. A major concern is whether a person could feasibly be terminated for taking too much time off from work, even if he or she ... continue reading

Alaska STD and Termination

Monday, April 7th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Is it possible for Alaska workers to be terminated for taking too much time off of work, even if they are receiving short-term disability benefits? This question, as well as many others, has some workers confused about exactly what their rights are in regards to this issue.

The reality, ... continue reading

Ohio STD and Termination

Friday, April 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Ohio employees typically have numerous questions regarding the use of short-term disability. For instance, can workers utilize short-term disability more frequently than one time per year? Or, if an employee has been receiving short-term disability for 11 weeks, would he or she be eligible for disability again?

One of ... continue reading

Alabama STD and Termination

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Employers in Alabama, as well as all other states, may count paid leave as FMLA in certain circumstances. In order for this to be legally acceptable, employers should notify workers in writing prior to the beginning of any period of leave. The language used should clearly state that the worker’s ... continue reading

Minnesota STD and Termination

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Some Minnesota employees have concerns about the security of their jobs when it comes to using short-term disability. There are some who have heard that it is possible for a worker to lose his or her job due to being absent from work too often, even if it is due ... continue reading

Light Duty in Rhode Island

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Rhode Island employers are under no obligation to provide light duty work for employees. That’s because there are no Rhode Island or federal laws to offer guidelines. 

There are court cases addressing the matter however, and the regulations developed by the U.S. Labor Department out of those cases largely ... continue reading

Light Duty in Delaware

Monday, February 18th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

If you are a Delaware employee, your employer is under no obligation to create light-duty work positions if no such work is available.

No Delaware or federal law requires it. However, the U.S. Labor Department has created a set of rules based on some past court cases. The rules ... continue reading

Light Duty in Kansas

Thursday, February 14th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Many Kansas employees wonder what the law says on the subject of “light duty” work.

Neither federal nor Kansas law requires employers to put workers on light duty, especially if no work is available.

The purpose of light duty work is to accommodate an employee with an injury ... continue reading

Light Duty in Missouri

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Missouri employees cannot turn to state or federal law to find guidelines on creating light duty jobs. Neither the federal nor Missouri law deals with the matter, so employers are not obligated to put a worker in a light duty position if an appropriate job is unavailable.

Court cases ... continue reading