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Who determines if I meet Social Security disability requirements?

When you file your claim for disability benefits in the local Social Security Administration (SSA) office, the purpose of your initial interview is just to determine if you meet the non-medical requirements of disability. The Social Security claims representative will make sure that you qualify for benefits based on your age, the number of years you have worked and any current work activity you have.

Assuming that you qualify on all the non-medical issues, your case is forwarded to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) unit in your state, where disability decisions are made. Any medical records you had available at your interview would be forwarded with your claim for benefits.

An Uber worker says he was fired for reporting sexual harassment

A complaint that was formally filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing on May 18, 2017 accuses Uber of having fired him after he approached the company's human resources (HR) department to question their handling of gender-based discrimination at the company's headquarters.

In the male employee's complaint, he chronicles how, in late 2015, a female co-worker of his approached him looking for him to help her. She wanted him to intervene and put an end to what she perceived was sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination she was being subjected to from her male boss.

When your California workers' comp claim gets denied

Getting hurt on the job can have a number of unexpected results. You may struggle with the downtime as you recover. You may experience increased tensions with other family members because of your constant presence in the home. Sometimes, you have to worry about financial issues because your workers' compensation claim was denied. A denial doesn't mean you won't get benefits, but it can create a delay that causes substantial financial issues. If you are unable to work because of your injuries, how can you expect to pay for the medical care you need to resume your job?

There are options available when your workers' compensation claim is denied. Whatever you think the best option is, your first step should be to speak with an experienced California workers' compensation and employment law attorney to can guide you through the sometimes complex and frustrating system. Sometimes, failing to file a document or a simple mistake on your claim paperwork could result in your claim's denial. Other times, you may have to deal with an employer who is contesting the claim.

As an employee, you are guaranteed rights in the workplace

You go to work every day in the pursuit of a career that will support you and give you the income you need to do the things you love. As an employee, there are many rules and regulations you need to follow, but there are also protections in place to help you if you find yourself in a position where you're struggling at work or if you feel that you're not being treated appropriately.

Every employee has a number of rights. Employees have the right to be compensated fairly and be free from discrimination. They have a right to work in a safe environment and be safe from retaliation for filing a claim for an injury or against an employer for harassment or other concerns.

Did retaliation cost you your job?

You count on your job to survive. You need to pay your bills and get the things you need. Without your job, you can't do that. Now, you have a problem because you either lost your job or your employment terms changed.

If the changes in your employment terms or your termination was because of retaliatory reasons, you might be able to take action to correct the issue. Retaliation is illegal. If you think that you have been retaliated against, make sure you review these points.

Harrowing numbers show the extent of workplace fatalities

Something troubling happened in California in 2015. In one year, 388 workers were killed at work. This means that an average of just over one person left for a work shift and didn't come home each day of the year. This is something that is simply unacceptable.

The agricultural industry saw more than double the deaths than what was previously reported. In 2015, the death rate for these workers was an unimaginable 17.1. The death rate for them in 2014 was only 8.2.

What 'reasonable accommodations' must employers provide?

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 protects people with physical and mental disabilities throughout all phases of the employment process -- from recruitment, to hiring, to pay and opportunities on the job, to firing.

However, as many people with noticeable disabilities are well aware, just getting a job (even one for which you are eminently qualified) can be challenging. Some employers don't want to make even simple accommodations that might be required.

Workers’ comp gets tricky when injuries occur during break time


In the state of California, workers are entitled to benefits, including medical expenses and lost wages, if they are injured while working. To many individuals, this seems pretty straightforward—something that should not cause much contention or dispute.

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