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Workers’ compensation benefits in California?

Knowing that your employer will offer workers’ compensation when you are injured is vital, especially when you work in a field where injuries happen often.

It is valuable to know what benefits your employers give you if you need to take time off work due to injury in California.

Researchers study technology's effect on drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that over 37,000 people died on America's roads in 2017, a 10 percent increase from three years earlier. Many drivers in West Palm Beach might think the increase is due to more smartphone use as well as the introduction of automated technology. While research has not shown this to be definite, the link seems obvious.

Companies like Nauto, a provider of smart cameras for fleet vehicles, have conducted their own studies and found how prevalent distracted driving is. Others, like Agero, a maker of vehicle safety and roadside assistance systems, have analyzed the effect of automated technology on drivers' attention. Agero found that drivers aged 17 to 22 use their smartphones for 12 percent of the time they're behind the wheel.

Reporting unsafe working conditions: keep the site safe

If you work construction, then you are about as hearty as they come. Across the nation, blue-collar workers are the ones who keep our houses held together, our roadways intact and electricity buzzing. They also have some of the most dangerous working conditions of anyone in the country.

If you ever see unsafe conditions on your work site, it is critically important that you report them to a supervisor immediately. Not informing management that something is off is dangerous, and sometimes fatal. This was the situation in Naples recently when utility contractor Douglas N. Higgins’ negligence led to the deaths of four workers across two separate incidents.

Reducing heat stress when working in extreme heat

For Florida workers who work outside or in warehouses, the summer weather brings with it the risks of heat stress. Working in extreme heat can have an impact on workers' brain functions and body functions, potentially putting them at risk for serious heat-related illnesses and injuries.

Working in extreme heat can be very dangerous. In addition to putting employees at increased risk for heat-related illnesses, exposure to extreme heat can increase the risk of injuries. Further, the risk of injuries that may be caused by contact with hot surfaces, such as burns, are also increased.

Intel accused of discriminating against older workers

Florida residents who follow developments in the technology sector may be aware that Intel laid off 15,000 workers in 2016. The California-based semiconductor manufacturer said that the jobs were eliminated to help the company focus more on growing sectors like artificial intelligence and mobile communications, but questions have been raised about how the company decided which workers to let go. Intel has been accused of age discrimination since the early 1990s, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is apparently now investigating the 2016 layoffs to determine whether or not older workers were treated unfairly.

According to reports, Intel workers over the age of 40 were twice as likely to be laid off as their younger colleagues, and workers over 60 years of age were even more likely to lose their jobs. A smaller layoff of Intel workers in 2015 is said to have been implemented in a similar way. Documents published online suggest that the EEOC began its investigation into alleged age discrimination at Intel in November 2016.

Making the most of a free initial employment law consultation

Have you ever heard the phrase, "You get out of it what you put into it"? The shorthand rendition of this in the computer world is GIGO: garbage in, garbage out. These sayings have application in many areas of our lives. The legal realm is no exception.

If you take the time to dig deeper into our website, you will see that we offer free initial consultations to potential clients. We consider this important because we understand that when you have a legal question, your greatest need is information so that you can decide whether your case has merit, and what benefit there might be in pressing it.

Motorcycle safety basics

There’s nothing like cruising on your motorcycle on the open road. The wind and salty air make for a perfect combination.

Before you grab your bike for another cruise down the coast, consider some tips to keep you and those around you safe on the open road.

3 FAQs to get acquainted with Social Security disability

Having a disability isn’t something anyone plans on. It changes every aspect of your life when you’re not able to be as independent as you were before your disability.

Nothing can get your life back to the way it was, but being able to make ends meet while you’re unable to work is a good start to finding a new normal.

Not getting better? It could be because of medical malpractice

When you're being treated by a hospital, you want to be able to rest assured that you're receiving quality care from trained professionals. Hospital staff train rigorously to ensure that you will recover as quickly as possible while under their watch. On occasion, however, things can go wrong, and when they do it can have terrible consequences.

Medical malpractice is something nobody wants to think about, but it it's a reality that affects over one million people each year, and is responsible for over 85,000 medical malpractice suits. Medical malpractice comes with its own set of symptoms, so keep an eye out for them if you find yourself feeling worse after a hospital stay.