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- Availability of Workers Compensation Benefits to Surviving Families in Illinois
For most employees in Illinois, the workers’ compensation program that applies is one that is regulated and overseen by a state agency. In some cases, the employer may be required to provide benefits to surviving family members of injured workers.
- Settlement for Racial Discrimination
Local 25, a northern New Jersey sheet metal trade union, has been ordered to pay $1.6 million dollars and other damages to African-American and Hispanic journeypersons who were victims of employment discrimination.
- Paid Sick Leave for New Jersey Workers
The New Jersey Senate recently passed a bill that will require all employers in the state to provide paid sick leave to its employees.
- Emotional Consequences of Workplace Discrimination
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) protects employees from discrimination on the basis of sex, race or disability. It also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who blow the whistle on unlawful practices conducted within the company.
- Over the Next Three to Six Years, New York Increases the Minimum Wage to $15.00 Per Hour
New York recently enacted a law which, by 2018, raises New York's hourly minimum wage from $9.00 to $15.00.
- Unpaid Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to treat an employee's request for leave due to a medical condition as a request for a reasonable accommodation. The employer's obligation is engage the employee in an " interactive process." An employer might be required to provide an employee with a leave as a reasonable accommodation even if the employer does not customarily offer leave as a benefit.
- Independent Contractors and Workers’ Compensation
How a particular worker is classified can have a direct impact on eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Common Workplace Injuries
Individuals in every industry are susceptible to workplace injuries. However, there are often ways to prevent these injuries. By recognizing workplace hazards, employers and employees alike can take steps to mitigate risks and prevent employee injuries. Some of the most common injuries that American workers sustain include:
- Dangerous Substances American Workers Are Exposed To
While the United States is an industrialized country, it is not immune to having its workers adversely affected because of the substances that they are exposed to. Not all workers are exposed to the following dangerous substances. However, many Americans may find themselves and their health adversely affected by one of the following harmful substances:
- Workers’ Compensation and Immigration Status
The United States Department of Homeland Security estimates that 11 million workers who were born in other countries lack documented immigration status. This represents approximately 5 percent of the American workforce.