Employment Law Articles

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discussing legal aspects related to Employment.




Whistleblowing - A Silent Noise

  November 25, 2014     By STA Law Firm
Should I not hear, as I lie down in dust, the horns of glory blowing above my burial? Contrad Aiken

Can I Get the Other Side to Pay My Attorneys’ Fees If I Win My Case?

  November 19, 2014     By HG.org
While other countries may require the losing side to pay both sets of attorneys’ fees, in the United States, this is not usually the rule. Requiring the losing side to pay all attorneys’ fees and costs may serve as a deterrent for individuals to access the court system for justice and works against public policy.

Illegal Activities of Employee Justify Dismissal?

  November 18, 2014     By Angela Wang & Co.
When discussing unlawful conduct or illegal activities in relation to employment, most people will think of improper or wrongful conduct of employer eg. discrimination or harassment.

Can an Employer Refuse to Hire Me for Having a Felony?

  November 16, 2014     By HG.org
Individuals who have been convicted of a felony often experience difficulty in securing employment because many employers choose not to hire them. Just as employers may have policies in place that may result in termination upon the conviction of a felony, they may also have policies that weigh against hiring convicted felons. However, a series of laws may prevent an employer from having a blanket policy against discriminating against employees who have been convicted of a felony.

Work Permits Under Wet Lease Agreements for Oil Exploration Operations in Turkey

  November 16, 2014     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
As part of exploration operations of multinational companies, wet lease agreements are gaining more importance especially in oil and gas industry and foreign carriers who takes part in such operations are still not clear about either their employees require work permit or not, in cases where they entered into a subcontractor and wet lease agreement with Turkish air carriers for air transport works to be conducted under exploration operations.

Collecting A Judgment From an Employer in California

  November 9, 2014     By Evanns Collection Law Firm
A large part of our judgment collection law practice is collection of labor awards, or more specifically enforcement labor judgments. Essentially, these result when an employer fails to properly pay an employee for wages, overtime pay, or otherwise violates California labor laws.

Securities and Exchange Commission’s Whistleblower Program Is No Joke

  November 6, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
The Securities & Exchange Commission's whistleblower program is proving itself to be a force to be reckoned with.

Foreign Employees will Gain the Right of Sick Pay in Russia

  November 5, 2014     By Levine Bridge Law Firm
Next year, foreign citizens in Russia will be more protected from the medical point of view. The Ministry of Labor has prepared a project under which employers next year will be to deduct contributions to the social security fund for foreign workers in the amount of 1.8% of the salary fund.

Liability for Organizing the Illegal Employment of Foreigners May Be Tightened in Russia

  November 5, 2014     By Levine Bridge Law Firm
For repeated violations, organizations in Russia illegally employing foreign nationals or stateless persons will be held criminally liable; and the relevant bill had been submitted to the Duma.

Notice Period of Employment of Foreign Workers Will Be Reduced in Russia

  November 5, 2014     By Levine Bridge Law Firm
Employers may be required to notify the tax authorities of the employment situation of foreign workers in the three-day period, the relevant bill was submitted to the Duma.

Testing Foreign Citizens in the Russian Language, History and Basic Understanding of Russian Law

  November 5, 2014     By Levine Bridge Law Firm
Testing of foreign citizens in the Russian language, history and basic understanding of Russian law. In the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation the issue of control over the organization where foreign citizens are tested for knowledge of Russian language was discussed. This issue is particularly relevant in relation to foreign citizens who hold certification, but are not able to speak in Russian.

Simplified Admission to Citizenship of the Russian Federation by Foreign Entrepreneurs and Investors

  November 5, 2014     By Levine Bridge Law Firm
Russian Ministry of Economic Development has identified economic activities, the implementation of which the individual entrepreneurs and foreign investors are entitled to receive a simple Russian citizenship.

Mental Stress Injuries under the New York State Workers' Compensation Law

  November 1, 2014     By Brune Law Office
The New York State Workers' Compensation Law provides for indemnity and medical benefits if a claim is found to be work related. One of the more controversial aspects of a work related claim occurs when an injured worker alleges stress, anxiety or depression as a result of employment.

Employment (Labour) Contracts in Turkey

  October 31, 2014     By E&G International Law Firm
As Turkey maintains economic stability and growth for almost five years, the confidence of the foreign investors raised and new direct investments are executed more often. In this context employee related issues are of consideration to foreign investors and significance of the Turkish Labor Code (‘TLC’) elevate accordingly. Therefore we would like to briefly inform foreign investors regarding the precautions that shall be thought over while hiring and firing employees in Turkey.

You're Fired: Unfair Dismissal in Malaysia

  October 28, 2014     By Donovan & Ho
An oft-repeated business mantra is “be slow to hire and quick to fire”. Unfortunately, what many managers do not realise is that a “quick to fire” approach also carries significant risks, especially in Malaysia, which does not adopt the principle of “at-will” employment. Trigger happy employers may soon find themselves at the wrong end of a lawsuit if they don’t take the appropriate steps and precautions prior to making the decision to terminate an employee.

Work Permits for Foreign Shareholders and Managers in Turkey

  October 27, 2014     By Herdem Attorneys at Law
Since last 10 years the financial developments and the promising financial and technological progresses notably in energy, tourism and infrastructure sectors have attracted the foreign investors' interest.

Business Taxes, Payroll Taxes and Trust Fund Recovery Penalty

  October 22, 2014     By Mehdiyoun Law Firm
When the business faces a cash flow problem, many business owners use the payroll taxes collected but not yet turned over to the IRS.

Whistleblower Failure-of-Care Claim Settled for $38 Million

  October 20, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
Recently, a whistleblower failure-of-care claim was settled against a nursing home chain for $38 million. Even nursing home abuse can be stopped with whistleblowing.

Reasons For Being A Whistleblower

  October 13, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
Whistleblowers don't normally report fraud for financial gain - they report it because they've been wrongfully retaliated against.

When Work Injuries are Disqualified for California Workers' Compensation

  October 10, 2014     By Napolin Law Firm
The State of California enacted a workers' compensation system to provide benefits on a no-fault basis for those who sustain injury arising our of and in the course of employment. However, there are circumstances where workers' compensation is not available.

Increased Amount of Securities Exchange Commission Whistleblower Cases

  October 9, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
The Securities Exchange Commission has investigated over 686 whistleblower cases in this year alone - the highest amount since 2011.

Psychiatric Injuries Under California Workers' Compensation Law

  October 8, 2014     By Napolin Law Firm
The California Legislature enacted specific provisions of the Labor Code to create a higher threshold of compensability for psychiatric injury under workers' compensation law.

Whistleblowers Don’t Just Expose Fraud – They Can Save Lives

  October 8, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
When whistleblowers report fraud within hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, they may also unknowingly stop risky medical practices.

Dubai Employment Benefits - End of Service Gratuity

  October 8, 2014     By Al Safar & Partners
Literal meaning of severance or gratuity is a favor or gift, usually in the form of money, given in return for service. In other words a sum of money offered to certain service sector workers for a service they performed or anticipated.

Can an Injured Worker in New York State Collect Both Workers' Compensation and Unemployment?

  October 7, 2014     By Brune Law Office
It may seem to run contrary to common sense, but it is possible to collect both workers' compensation and unemployment benefits. However, an injured worker should be aware of the limitations of each program.

More than $30 Million Awarded to an Overseas Whistleblower

  October 2, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
A record amount of $30 million was awarded to an overseas whistleblower for providing key information to detect an ongoing fraud.

Seven False Claims Act Lawsuits Settled for $98 Million

  October 1, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
Seven whistleblower suits against Community Health Systems and associated entities was settled in August for $98 million.

Triggering Your Rights Under the California Family Rights Act

  October 1, 2014     By Law Offices of Jual F. Reyes
The California Family Rights Act was created to protect employees going on leave as a result of the following circumstances: childbirth; placement of a child in the employee's family for adoption; for the serious health condition of the employee's child, parent or spouse; and for the employee's serious health condition.

Potential Bigger Rewards For Wall Street Whistleblowers

  September 24, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
Attorney General Holder proposes an increased cap for awards to Wall Street whistleblowers.

What Benefits am I Entitled to Receive for an Iowa Work Injury

  September 23, 2014     By Pothitakis Law Firm, PC
Iowa limits the benefits you can receive if injured on the job to specific categories of benefits.

Whistleblowers Help Regulators Zero in on Potentially Illegal Trading Practice

  September 22, 2014     By Keller Grover LLP - Whistleblower
Sharing inside knowledge, trader sounds the alarm on behavior that could put ‘everyday investors’ at an unfair disadvantage

New IRS Whistleblower Regulations Provide Increased Eligibility and Awards for Whistleblowers

  September 22, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
Amendments to the IRS whistleblower program as of August 12, 2014.

Employment-Based Visas Process

  September 22, 2014     By Gehi & Associates
Most of the foreigners trying to work in the United States. H1B visa is a non immigrant visa, but five immigrant visas allow foreigners to work in the United States and also get many immigration benefits through these EB visas. 1,40,000 visas allocated for every fiscal year. Highly skilled professionals, research professionals, professors and who has extraordinary abilities they can get higher priority

New California Employment Laws You Need To Know

  September 21, 2014     By Keller Grover LLP - Employment Law
On July 1, 2014, several new labor laws took effect that make significant changes in important categories such as minimum wage, paid family leave and background checks in the state of California that you need to know about.

Extended Filing Window For Whistleblowers To Report Misconduct

  September 16, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
Whistleblowers now have up to five years to report fraud, abuse or waste.

Independant Contractor vs. Employee Under the New York State Workers' Compensation Law

  September 15, 2014     By Brune Law Office
The determination of whether an injured worker is an independent contractor or an employee involves a variety of tests and factors. The ultimate decision is critical, as it can determine whether benefits under the New York State Workers' Compensation Law are payable by the employer.

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill: What Employers Should be Aware of

  September 14, 2014     By Angela Wang & Co.
In Hong Kong, under the common law doctrine of privity of contract, a person cannot acquire and enforce rights in a contract to which he is not a party nor can he be made liable under that contract. Therefore, only those who signed a contract are entitled to sue or be sued on it.

I Did Not Get Paid by My Employer – What Can I Do?

  September 12, 2014     By HG.org
You are legally entitled to receive the wages promised to you. Additionally, you may be entitled to additional benefits and penalties if your employer refuses to pay you in violation of local or state law. If you have not received your pay, the following courses of action may be available to you to help recover your wages.

How Do I Know If I Have Been Wrongfully Terminated?

  September 11, 2014     By HG.org
If you are a victim of wrongful termination, you may have a case against your former employer. A successful lawsuit may mean that you have the right to recover back pay, statutory damages and expenses that you incurred to find another job.

Wrongfully Terminated UC Davis Whistleblower Awarded $730,000

  September 11, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
Whistleblower Janet Keyzer awarded $730,000 after being wrongfully terminated for reporting unethical research methods used at UC Davis.

Is There a Statute of Limitations When It Comes to Workplace Injury?

  September 11, 2014     By HG.org
The statute of limitations provides a time limit in which a plaintiff can bring a lawsuit without it being time barred by the court. With few exceptions, if this time limit passes, the plaintiff will be forever barred from bringing the suit. Like other types of claims, there is usually an applicable statute of limitations.

Workplace Hazards & Accidents: Fear of Employer Retaliation in Pennsylvania

  September 8, 2014     By Laffey, Bucci & Kent
Can an employer retaliate when a worker files an OSHA complaint or files for workers’ compensation benefits?

Outline of a Compensation / Expense Structure in a Group Medical Practice

  September 5, 2014     By Matt Dickstein, Business Attorney
The compensation structure is the most interesting thing in a group medical practice (at least for me). In this article I offer a few compensation structures for your consideration. Read on, friend, if eat-what-you-kill sounds like your cup of tea.

The US Department of Justice Joins Whistleblower Lawsuits Against UnitedHealth Group Inc.

  September 4, 2014     By The Evans Law Firm, Inc.
Whistleblowers brought two False Claims Act lawsuits for Medicare fraud against UnitedHealth Group, Inc. the first in 2011 and the second in 2014. The U.S. Department of Justice joins these whistleblower lawsuits against UnitedHealth Group, Inc. for Medicare fraud.

Determining What Constitutes Age Discrimination In The Workplace

  September 4, 2014     By Law Offices of Jual F. Reyes
Age discrimination is an employment issue that is commonplace in Los Angeles, California. It involves subjecting an employee who is 40 years of age or older to discriminatory actions in any aspect of his or her employment, from hiring to termination. But like any other form of discrimination in the workplace, it is considered illegal under prevailing federal and state laws.

Equal Treatment in Employment in Malta

  September 1, 2014     By CSB Advocates
An amendment to our laws, now makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against transgender individuals, on grounds of sex. Prior to August 2014, the law only made reference to sexual orientation, without specific reference to those who underwent gender reassignment.

Is an Attorney Needed in a New York State Workers' Compensation Claim?

  August 31, 2014     By Brune Law Office
An employee injured in New York State will likely have to decide whether to retain a workers' compensation lawyer to assist in the claim. For a myriad of reasons, more often than not it makes sense to secure the services of an experienced attorney.

Most Dangerous Industries for Workplace Injuries and Deaths

Each year thousands of U.S. workers die and millions more are injured in workplace accidents. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,383 fatal work accidents and 3.7 million nonfatal work injuries in 2012.

Employment in Belgium with an Employer Established in Another Country

  By Lorenz
This article discusses the question which is frequently posed wether a forein company can employ workers in Belgius.

Sick and Tired: Sick Leave in Malaysia

Abuse of sick leave entitlements is not a new issue in Malaysia. Employers and employees alike should ensure they are fully educated on the laws surrounding sick leave entitlements.

Up Close and Personal: The Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act

The Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (“the Act”) came into force on 15 November 2013. With it, businesses in Malaysia are now faced with additional responsibilities and requirements when it comes to dealing with personal data of their employees, suppliers, and customers. This article summarizes the key issues to note under the Act.

Philippines Separation Pay: To Whom and When is it Due

A guide for both employees and employers in Philippine Labor setting concerning payment of separation pay.

Handling Wrongful Termination and Other Employee Claims: A California Employer’s Guide

It is common knowledge that lawsuits brought by current or former employees are generally bad for an employer’s business. Employee lawsuits not only disrupt the daily operations within the company or organization, but they also are extremely costly to defend.

An Employee’s Guide to Retaliation in the Workplace

Retaliation takes place when an adverse action is taken against an employee for filing a complaint of discrimination or assisting another employee in his or her complaint of workplace discrimination.

Navigating the FMLA Minefield: Seven Common Mistakes Employers Make

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”) provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to an eligible employee for his or her own serious health condition or the serious health condition or military service of a family member.[i]

Fourth Circuit Broadens Definition of Disability Under the ADAAA to Include Temporary Impairments

Fourth Circuit Broadens Definition of Disability Under the ADAAA to Include Temporary Impairments - Article on a recent decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on a disability discrimination case and the interpretation of what types of temporary impairments constitute a "disability" under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA").

Labour Law: Avoiding Pitfalls In Labour Law

Labour law is a wide field that features many pitfalls. Of particular importance is, for example, the conclusion of the employment contract as well as termination giving due notice.

What Benefits Are Available Under the New York State Workers' Compensation Law?

The New York State Workers' Compensation Law is, in essence, a form of social insurance. The intent of the compensation statute is clear: protect and compensate employees injured at work.

Management Personnel and Their Special Status in Labour Law

Executive employees and management personnel occupy central positions in firms and are therefore subject to different legal conditions. This has implications for the employment contract and termination.

I Left My Job and Now I Can't Make a Living - Non-Competes and Employees

Many employees have to sign "non-compete" agreements, often as a clause in initial hiring paperwork. Such clauses can throw a wrench in the hunt for new employment, and can cause you to be terminated from your new job. Here's what you need to know.

What Are the Recoverable Damages for California Employees Who were Wrongfully Terminated?

In California, the general rule is that employment is “at will” and therefore employers may terminate employees at any time and even for no reason. However, many employers fail to realize that an employee cannot be terminated for illegal reasons pursuant to applicable federal and state employment laws. In particular, California employers are prohibited from discharging employees because of their inclusion in a protected class.

EU Nationals Working in Malta

According to a Parliamentary answer by the Maltese Employment Minister Evarist Bartolo, a total of 10,035 EU nationals were working in Malta as at end of December 2013.

The Status of Independent Contractor vs. Employment Relationship

The issue of whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee is currently on the minds of many business owners. In fact, the California legislature has recently established a strong disincentive for wrongly classifying individual workers as independent contractors.

Know the Laws that Prohibit Employment Discrimination on the Basis of Sex

Sex discrimination is one of the most prevalent issues in the realm of employment. It involves preferential treatment favoring the male or female sex. The most common example of such discrimination is an employer’s preference of male employees over their female counterparts in various aspects of employment.

Truck Drivers and Work Related Injuries in New York State

There are a variety of injuries and illnesses suffered by workers in New York State. In addition, although it is fairly common to see neck and back injuries in strenuous occupations, even the most sedentary jobs can result in the development of serious orthopedic problems. It is clear, however, that certain jobs present with an increased risk of injury.

FEHA Regulations Covered Employers Must Comply Within California

The state of California is one of the most liberal states in the country with respect to protecting employee rights in the workplace. In this regard, the failure to comply with state laws puts employers at risk of being sued in civil court and/or being the subject of investigations based upon employee administrative complaints submitted to state and/or local government agencies.

Disability Discrimination in California: FAQs Finally Answered

Pursuant to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), California employees with disabilities are protected from workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. However, while the FEHA protects disabled employees all over the state of California, not all employees are aware of its coverage.

Nailing Down Independent Contractor Status

Although percentage-based pay may create desirable incentives from an employer’s standpoint (and eliminate the need to pay employees for down time), this strategy can result in significant potential liability, including possible exposure to class action lawsuits. This may even be turning into a nationwide trend (with salon workers pursuing similar wage and hour claims in New Jersey and New York).

Employer Actions That Violate California’s Overtime Law

California’s overtime law provides that every non-exempt worker is entitled to receive one and one-half times the regular rate of pay for every hour they work over 8 hours per day and/or 40-hours per workweek. If employers perform work over 12 hours during a single workday, they are entitled to twice the regular rate of pay.

How Much Time Does an Injured Worker Have to Report an Accident in New York State?

A very common defense to a work related claim is to contend that the employee did not provide proper notice of the work related accident. Raising lack of proper notice is fairly standard procedure for New York State employers and insurance carriers and can be the subject of considerable litigation.

Russian Migration Legislation Changes - June 2014 - Part 2

Russian Migration Legislation Changes in June 2014.

Russian Migration Legislation Changes - June 2014 - Part 1

Russian Migration Legislation Changes in June 2014.

UAE Labour Laws - FAQs on Confidentiality, Non-compete, and UAE Employment Regulations

Whether you have just recently joined or have been working for your employer for a while, it is important that you understand a few important matters relating to your work place, your rights and obligations to information you receive, use and share.

Chiropractic Care and the New York State Medical Treatment Guidelines

Chiropractic care remains somewhat controversial in New York Workers' Compensation claims. A great majority of injured workers claim great benefit from manipulations, often contending that they are unable to function without treatment. Self-insured employers and insurance carriers view chiropractic care as an unnecessary expense, often claiming that the treatment is excessive.

What Are Workers' Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits?

Each year millions of workers are injured in on-the-job accidents. While many of those injured workers will be able to return to their existing job after a period of recovery, some injured workers are injured to an extent that they are unable to return to their pre-injury job. In these situations, the injured worker may be able to receive vocational rehabilitation benefits under the applicable state workers’ compensation program in order to help him or her obtain a new job.

Top Work Injuries and Illnesses in Healthcare Industry

Healthcare is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), employing over 18 million workers – the majority of which (80%) are women. Healthcare workers – including doctors, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists, and a number of other professionals – are exposed to a wide range of occupational hazards.

Prisoners and Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security disability benefits can be paid to people who have recently worked and paid Social Security taxes and are unable to work because of a serious medical condition that is expected to last at least a year or result in death. The fact that a person is a recent parolee or is unemployed does not qualify as a disability.

Monthly New Employer's Share to be Paid by Employers to National Employment Agency "ONEM"

On September 26, 2013, the Minister of Labour and Welfare passed an Order No 125/CAB/MIN/ETPS/MBL/DKL/dag/2013 amending and supplementing this Departmental Order No 028/CAB/MIN/ETPS/DKL/dag/2013 of March 18, 2013 establishing the rate of monthly employer's share to be paid by Employers to ONEM in accordance with article 93 as stipulated in the Constitution of Democratic Republic of the Congo, which allows the Minister to decide by means of an Order.

Should I Settle My Workers' Compensation Claim?

In New York State, Section 32 of the Workers' Compensation Law permits an injured worker to settle any and all issues is a claim. In the typical situation, a claimant agrees to waive his or her right to future medical care and indemnity benefits in exchange for a lump sum. An injured worker should take great care before accepting such proposal and should carefully consider the ramifications of waiving future rights.

Russian Migration Legislation Changes - May 2014

Changes in Russian Legislation in May 2014.

Russian Migration Legislation Changes - April 2014

Changes in Russian Legislation in April 2014.

Common Risks for Workplace Injuries in Construction Industry

Construction workers are especially vulnerable to work-related injuries. According to OSHA, nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day, and the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average for all industries.

Navy Again Requires Self-Reporting of Arrests and Prosecutions

As part of its personnel management directed by Congress, the Navy is using civilian misconduct as a indicator for discharging persons.

Pre-existing Injuries and New York State Workers' Comp Fraud

Section 114 (a) of the New York State Workers' Compensation Law governs fraud and carries significant penalties. If an injured worker is found to have committed fraud, he or she runs the risk of a permanent ban on receipt of indemnity benefits and a permanency award. Claimants may be unaware that a failure to disclose a prior similar injury or condition can result in a fraud finding.

Holiday Pay Calculations Must Include Commission - UK

Where a worker is paid commission on the basis of sales made this commission must be included in the calculation of holiday pay.

Corporation Ordered to Pay €205,694, in Lieu of Salaries and Repatriation Expenses

Last month Judge Padovani Grima ordered the Ladybug Corporation to pay the 22 crew members, the sum of €205,694, in lieu of salaries and repatriation expenses, after that the owners had stopped communication with the International Transport Workers’ Federation, refused to take calls and had abandoned the crew and vessel.

What Happens After Filing an Initial Claim for Long Term Disability

What happens after filing an initial claim for Long Term Disability: The agony of ongoing and periodic LTD eligibility reviews. Throughout the duration of your LTD claim, you will be subject to ongoing and period eligibility reviews.

Starting a Business in Azerbaijan

Some of the legal issues that a person starting business in Azerbaijan would need to consider. This article covers corporate registration, tax and employment aspects of starting and operating business in Azerbaijan.

Missouri Workers Compensation and Hearing Loss

Injured employees, including those with hearing loss, are entitled to benefits under workers' compensation.

Workers Memorial Day Sheds Light on Workplace Safety Issues

Each year, more than 4,000 workers die from workplace accidents, and an additional 50,000 die from occupational diseases, which averages to 150 worker deaths every day in this country, according to Jessica Martinez, deputy director of NCOSH.

The Primary Culprit of Workplace Fall Injuries

Construction workers are particularly susceptible to ladder injuries, making up an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in emergency departments throughout the country.

Taking a Medical Leave of Absence from Work

If you or your family is faced with a medical condition or issue that requires you to take leave from your job, you may have more protection than you think. Many employers must offer employees 12 weeks of leave for their medical conditions and medical conditions of their families necessitating leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Should You File a Workers' Comp Claim?

The New York State Workers' Compensation Law is designed to protect injured workers. Employers are required to have insurance coverage or risk significant and severe penalties. In addition, one could argue that the law provides an equal benefit to employers by preventing a direct lawsuit by employees. In spite of this, a general perception persists among some injured workers that claims should be avoided for fear of retaliation.

The Powerful Patient: Documentation Before Applying for Medical Leave or Disability Benefits

Disabled individuals, or those with medical conditions that impair their ability to work, are often frustrated with the process of proving their disability or understanding what and how much of their medical information they must disclose. Frequently, they also express frustration with their doctor’s office in providing the necessary information. But patients are more powerful in these situations than they realize.

The Most Dangerous Job in New York State

Recent studies reveal that a logger is the most dangerous job in America as it has the highest fatality rate. However, it has been my experience as a New York State workers' compensation practitioner that the highest injury rates can be found in the medical profession, a contention which now seems supported by a recent study.

Russian Migration Legislation Changes

Changes in the procedure for receiving Russian citizenship. A draft law simplifying the procedure for receiving Russian citizenship for those who are Russian native speakers and whose relatives in a direct ascending line lived on the territory of Russia was announced at the end of March.

Most Workplace Deaths Are Preventable

Most workplace deaths in this country may be preventable, according to a new report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH). More than 4,000 workers die every year from workplace accidents, and an additional 50,000 die annually from occupational diseases, which averages to 150 worker deaths every day in this country, according to Jessica Martinez, deputy director of NCOSH.

April 2014 Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation Law Round-Up

There is never a shortage of issues to discuss in the world of personal injury, and April 2014 has been no exception. Current topics include mammography and its coverage by the media, dysfunction in healthcare, schools near dangerous chemical facilities, and a potentially record-breaking rate of car recalls this year.

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Ban on Affirmative Action

A common law system (one where previous court opinions define the meaning of the law) can be very useful. It can also result in some rather bizarre arguments being taken seriously, and even garnering the support of some members of the Supreme Court. Case in point: the plaintiffs position in Schuette v BAMN which the Supreme Court decided this week.

Aetna Disability Benefit Denial Overturned by Court Due to Flawed Vocational Assessment Report

An Arkansas Court recently overturned an Aetna denial of long term disability benefits because Aetna relied on a flawed vocational assessment report which listed jobs that the claimant was not actually qualified to perform.


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