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When does an employer have to pay employees?

There are times when you may not be working but still have to be paid. Under federal law, your employer may be required to pay you for your time if you are on-call, traveling for business or even sleeping while at the workplace.

If you work in a place that requires a 24-hour shift, then you should be entitled to payment for your entire shift. For example, if you're a surgeon who is on-call and who has to sleep in the hospital while awaiting the next emergency, you should be compensated for the time you're required to be on the job, even if you're sleeping. The catch is if you have a specific 8-hour period in which you are not on-call and are provided sleeping quarters. In that case, the employer may be able to avoid paying you for the time when you're sleeping. Others who may be paid in this manner include ambulance drivers, guards and caregivers who work full-time.

Uber launches new insurance coverage for its drivers

If you work for a company as an independent contractor, you may not have a right to workers' compensation. That doesn't mean you can go without coverage of any kind, though, because if you do and get hurt, you may need to file a personal injury claim or rely on savings to get through the emergency. In some cases, those without any option for compensation find themselves struggling to pay medical bills or to cover their lost wages.

That's why this news from Uber in California is so important. The company wanted to make sure that all drivers had the ability to be covered in the case of an injury, so they could get the medical care they needed. Additionally, the company wanted to make sure families weren't left with nothing in the case of a worker's death.

First aid for low back pain: Don’t delay in getting treatment

Depending on your profession, it's possible that you could suffer a low back injury at some point. For example, this is a big concern among people who lift heavy items, day in and day out.

When it comes to first aid for low back pain, you always want to know exactly what you should and shouldn't be doing.

What are the top reasons for a workers’ compensation denial?

You hope that you never suffer an injury on the job, but you realize that this could happen even if you are as careful as possible.

If you find yourself in this position, thankfully, you may look into your legal rights, such as the ability to apply for workers' compensation benefits.

The importance of Social Security Disability: The facts

When some people talk about Social Security Disability (SSD), they act like it comes out of their own pockets each time someone receives it. The truth is that SSD is an insurance coverage you have to work to earn. You pay Social Security taxes over time, and if you become disabled, those benefits are available to you based on how much you've paid into the system.

Disabilities are often seen as there from birth or only in old age. The fact is that disabilities happen at any age, putting everyone at risk. With 56 million Americans living with disabilities, it's likely that you know someone who has one, too. Conditions like cancer or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are disabilities that can happen suddenly and take even young people by surprise.

How can you prove workplace discrimination?

Discrimination can happen anywhere, from moments when you're walking down the street to times when you don't receive good service at a restaurant. Discrimination shouldn't happen, but if it does, it's important to take steps to eliminate it from your life. This is especially true if you face discrimination at work.

To tackle discrimination, you'll need to be able to prove it took place on the job. You can provide circumstantial evidence or direct evidence of discrimination to do that. Here are a few examples.

  • Direct evidence

Discrimination isn't appropriate in the workplace

If you've come to California to work as an immigrant, then you know you occasionally face some hardships. You may struggle with an employer who is not treating you well or be concerned that you're not being paid as much as others working with you in the same position.

As someone who may not be familiar with all of his or her rights in America, it's important that you understand your right to a safe and harassment-free workplace. There are laws that protect you against employers who would otherwise take advantage of you or treat you poorly.

3 women hit Google with lawsuit for unfair pay

imagine not being paid what your coworker makes just because you're female and he's male. You'd be insulted, frustrated and upset. You'd also have the right to pursue a lawsuit against the company responsible for the ill treatment you've faced.

That happened in this case. According to the story, the women involved have hit Google with a gender-bias lawsuit after claiming that they're paid a significant amount less than their male counterparts for similar work. Three women filed a claim in the San Francisco County Superior Court after stating that Google had violated California's Equal Pay Act and state labor laws. They believe that the company pays lower wages to women despite doing the same jobs as their male coworkers.

Employees have a right to a workplace without discrimination

Discrimination violates your civil rights in California. The Ralph Civil Rights Act states that it is illegal for anyone to be violent toward or to threaten to be violent toward a person because of his or her national origin, age, sex, marital status, gender identity, political affiliation and sexual orientation. The act also protects other people, and this list is not all-inclusive.

Discrimination is prohibited among all aspects of the housing business. That includes mortgage lending, applications and public or private land-use, to name a few. Additionally, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act makes harassment and discrimination in employment based on race, color, sex, medical condition and other factors illegal.

New bill could stop sexual harassment by venture capitalists

Imagine wanting to build up your business. You need to gain investors, but some of the investors only want to invest in your company if you're willing to give them a little something on the side.

As a founder of a company, you'll have to talk to a number of people to gain the funding you require. Venture capitalists often provide funding to start ups, but there is one concern that has never been addressed before: Sexual harassment between the investors and founders.

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