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Georgia Workers’ Compensation for Illegal Immigrants

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Posted by Tamara
According to the federal IRCA (Immigration Reform and Control Act), it is a crime for an employer to knowingly hire someone who is not legally authorized to work in the United States. Employers, however, often unintentionally violate this law when they hire a worker whose I-9 documents seem legitimate ... continue reading

Missouri Undocumented Workers

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Some undocumented workers in Missouri may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. In Texas, New York, Florida and Utah, the state laws specifically grant undocumented workers the right to collect workers’ compensation benefits when they are injured at work. In nine other states, including Louisiana, New Jersey and Connecticut, state ... continue reading

Kansas Workers’ Compensation Law

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Undocumented workers in Kansas may qualify for workers’ compensation in some cases. In Arizona and Wyoming, courts ruled that an undocumented worker does not qualify for workers’ comp. According to these findings, an illegal immigrant cannot legally enter into an employment contract, and therefore is not an employee.

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South Dakota Workers’ Compensation for Illegal Immigrants

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Many South Dakota companies have experienced an injured employee filing for worker’s compensation, and then discovering that the worker was an illegal immigrant.

Employers could be unaware that a worked was illegal, because often the employee presented convincing fake documents when hired. Then, during medical treatment or ... continue reading

Colorado OSHA Plans Increased Enforcement

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Colorado employers who have established a workplace safety plan and have few accidents reported are usually considered to be doing a good job.

Recently, however, several university studies discovered that companies were incorrectly reporting fewer accidents in the workplace. Workplace safety plans, ironically, may be contributing to ... continue reading

Louisiana Workplace Violence

Monday, June 29th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stated in its annual report that homicides in the workplace are decreasing. However, employers should still be aware of this hazard. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) adds that the number of homicides has decreased by 50% since 1994, when the highest number ... continue reading

Pennsylvania Workplace Violence

Thursday, June 25th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Pennsylvania employers need to take steps to eliminate workplace violence. Over Labor Day weekend 2007, a 40-year-old waitress was stabbed to death by her estranged husband. The incident occurred in a Denny’s restaurant in Orlando, Florida. Several families who had just left Disney World witnessed the attack. Several witnesses ... continue reading

Utah Swine Flu Plan

Friday, June 19th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Every employer in Utah should have a swine flu plan in place.

During a pandemic (a global epidemic) the majority of businesses could suffer staffing shortages because employees are out sick. If schools close, up to an additional 25% of employees could be away from work, because ... continue reading

Federal Worker Safety and ATVs

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Several industries and across the country use ATVs in their work. The vehicles are popular for outdoor work, such as landscaping, construction and forestry. The vehicles look like recreational toys, but their innocent appearance hides what can be a dangerous vehicle. The use of ATVs in industry rises every ... continue reading

Arkansas Worker Safety and ATVs

Monday, May 11th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Many Arkansas workers wonder why the employer instructs them never to stand on an ATV. The reason is that standing shifts the weight of the ATV and can cause it to overturn. When an ATV overturns, serious, possibly fatal head injuries can result.

Though ATVs or All ... continue reading

Wisconsin Toxic Chemicals

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a hazardous chemical as anything that can cause harm. Most of these chemicals are used in every day life; dry cleaning solutions, isopropyl alcohol, paints and fuels, etc. OSHA has specific regulations for handling these chemicals.

All toxic and ... continue reading

Illinois Workplace Violence

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Several recent incidents of violence in the workplace in Illinois and elsewhere may have increased the public’s awareness of workplace violence. These cases were high profile and ended in tragedy.

One of these incidents occurred in Orlando, Florida, in a Denny’s restaurant on International Drive. ... continue reading

Wyoming Confidential Files

Friday, April 11th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Workers in Wyoming have expressed some concern regarding how their confidential information is kept by their employers. Some people believe that all personnel files have to be held in locked file cabinets, and that those cabinets must be stored in locked rooms. This is not necessarily the case, however, as ... continue reading

Missouri Confidential Files

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Employers in Missouri, as well as those in all other states of the Union, should take whatever measures are necessary to keep medical information regarding workers in the strictest of confidence. If people do not have a legal right to view such information, then they should not have access to ... continue reading

Texas Confidential Files

Friday, April 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Concerns about how to maintain confidential files have some employees in Texas asking questions. For instance, should personnel files be kept in offices or storage rooms that are locked? If so, do the filing cabinets that they are kept in need to be locked, as well?

The situation is ... continue reading

Virginia Confidential Files

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara

How to maintain confidential information has presented some questions for Virginia employers and workers. Some people have concerns about a “two-lock system”, which is a term that is sometimes used in reference to keeping confidential data away from people that are not authorized to see it.

An important point ... continue reading

Louisiana Confidential Files

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

When it comes to keeping employee files secure, employers in Louisiana need to take whatever steps are necessary. Medical information, as well as other confidential information, should never be given to anyone that does not have a legitimate right to it. Regardless of whether it takes one lock to secure ... continue reading

Rehabilitation Act Delaware

Friday, February 8th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Rehabilitation Act applies to many employees in the state of Delaware, as it applies to many employees in states across the country because it is a federal Act. When an employee has a qualifying disability and works for a covered employer, the employer is prohibited from discriminating against the ... continue reading

ADA New Jersey

Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal Act that helps to protect the employment rights of disabled workers in states across the country. Many employees and employers are covered by the Act in the state of New Jersey. However, the Act does not cover all employer and employees.

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ADA Maine

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal Act that applies to many employees in states across the country, including many employees in the state of Maine. The Act is in place in order to ensure that employers do not discriminate against employees that have disabilities for reasons that are ... continue reading

Louisiana OSHA Cold Stress

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Cold stress and hypothermia can occur even at moderate temperatures of 50 degrees, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  OSHA also warns that employees need to take extra precautions in cold weather in order to avoid serious illness or injury.

There are many hazards posed by working ... continue reading

DUA Colorado

Monday, February 4th, 2008
Posted by Diane

Many employees will be able to receive financial assistance from the federal government if they are victims of a disaster and can no longer work. The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is in place in order to ensure that when an employee has been in a disaster and can no longer ... continue reading

DUA Minnesota

Monday, February 4th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is a federal program that is administered by the federal government in order to provide employees with financial assistance in the event that they are out of work as a direct result of a disaster, such as a natural disaster. Many types of disasters will ... continue reading

Georgia OSHA Cold Stress

Monday, February 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

There are a variety of Georgia employees who work outside in different industries, including roadwork, construction, utilities, agriculture, and snow removal.  These individuals are particularly at risk during the winter season.  In addition, emergency responders are at risk for cold-related illnesses and injuries. Employers should be aware of the various ... continue reading

DUA in California

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is a federal program that applies to many employees in states across the country, including employees in the state of California. When an employee has been in a disaster, the employee may be able to receive financial compensation from the federal government if the employee ... continue reading

Arkansas OSHA Cold Stress

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

For Arkansas employees who work outdoors in industries such as construction, snow removal, utilities, roadwork, and agriculture, special precautions must be taken in order to prevent illness or injury.  It is important that employers be aware of the various hazards that are posed by cold weather in the workplace.

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Alabama OSHA Cold Stress

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Employers in Alabama should be aware of the hazards posed by cold weather in the workplace.  Workers who are particularly at risk include those who work outside in such industries as utilities, agriculture, roadwork, snow removal, and construction.  Those who work as emergency responders are especially at risk, for cold-related ... continue reading

Posting Requirements in Washington, DC

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
Posted by Diane

Employees in Washington, DC have a right to learn about the labor laws that impact them at work by reviewing labor law posters. These labor law posters should be posted in an area of the workplace that is visible to all employees, such as an employee break room or a ... continue reading

Posting Requirements Wisconsin

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
Posted by Diane

Employees in all states across the country should be able to review information about the labor laws that impact them in the workplace. These labor laws should be posted on labor law posters. The posters should then be displayed in the workplace in an area that is visible and accessible ... continue reading

Posting Requirements in Wyoming

Monday, January 21st, 2008
Posted by Diane

Employees in the state of Wyoming have a right to be able to learn more about the labor laws that impact them by reviewing the labor law posters at work. Employers are required to post labor law posters in an area of the workplace that is visible to all employees, ... continue reading