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How to negotiate severance pay if you’re facing termination

There may come a point when you get wind that you're about to lose your job. Maybe this comes from the human resources department. Maybe it comes from your direct supervisor. Regardless of how you find out about it, you need to take immediate steps to protect yourself.

Negotiating severance pay during this difficult time is never easy, but there are steps you can take to ease the tension:

  • Review your employment contract: This is where you'll find information pertaining to severance pay if you negotiated it upfront.
  • Ask for more: You don't have anything to lose at this point, so don't hesitate to ask your employer to increase your severance payment. Making a reasonable request puts you in a better position for success.
  • Learn more about insurance: For example, if you receive health insurance through your employer, you'll want to learn more about The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1995 (COBRA). This allows you to continue your health insurance coverage for up to 18 months after losing your job. While you're required to pay for this expense if you opt into coverage, it's something you can negotiate.
  • Ask about payment for unused benefits: For example, you may be entitled to pay for unused personal time and vacation days.

What’s the best way to treat a neck sprain?

Although a neck sprain isn't the most serious injury, it can cause a good amount of pain and discomfort for an extended period. Furthermore, it's possible for a neck sprain to prevent you from working.

Muscles and ligaments connect the bones of the spinal column. A sprain or tear of one or more of these, such as in a slip and fall or vehicle accident, can cause immediate pain.

Laborers must protect against heat stroke during the summer

Landscapers, day laborers and agricultural workers in California are especially prone to heat stroke this time of year and should take special precautions if their work requires them to remain in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. 

Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention, as it has the potential to cause damage to internal organs. In the most serious of cases, heat stroke can also result in death.

Are you owed back overtime pay?

If you come to find that your employer owes you back overtime pay, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights. Neglecting to take action could cause you to miss out on hundreds of thousands of dollars that are due to you.

The first thing you should do is discuss your concerns with your employer. They may realize they've made a mistake, and then do whatever it takes to make things right. If this happens, you don't have to take any additional action.

Do you suspect a concussion? Don’t wait to get treatment

Any type of blow to the head can cause a serious brain injury, such as a concussion. For example, if you fall off a ladder at work, it's possible that you'll hit your head on the way down or upon landing on the ground.

There's never a good time to treat a concussion on your own. Instead, you should seek immediate medical attention. Your medical team will take the following steps:

  • Conduct a neurological examination
  • Conduct cognitive testing
  • Order a variety of imaging tests
  • Observe your behavior (oftentimes overnight)

Don’t forget to follow these ladder safety tips

It's easy to take ladder safety for granted. This is particularly true if you have many years of experience using a ladder on job sites.

While experience is a good thing, it's no guarantee that you'll never be involved in a ladder accident.

What’s the best way to treat a herniated disk?

A herniated disk is a serious medical concern that can impact many areas of your life. In addition to the pain and discomfort, this injury may make it impossible to do your job.

Fortunately, there are many ways to treat a herniated disk, including the following:

  • Medication: For example, muscle relaxers and over-the-counter pain medications are often recommended. This isn't typically a long-term solution, but it can provide short-term relief.
  • Physical therapy: If your pain doesn't subside, your doctor may suggest physical therapy. This can improve range of motion, strengthen your back and neck muscles and help prevent a similar injury in the future.
  • Surgery: It's not always required to treat a herniated disk, but there are several reasons why it may be necessary. Surgery can help if you have difficulty walking or standing, weakness or numbness. The most common surgical procedure is a discectomy, as this allows your doctor to remove the protruding portion of the damaged disk.
  • Alternative medicine: This includes yoga, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care. Discuss all these options with your doctor to ensure that it doesn't get in the way of other treatments.

Take these steps after an instance of workplace discrimination

If you're a victim of workplace discrimination, you have two options:

  1. You can take action against your employer to protect your legal rights.
  2. You can move on with your life without speaking up.

While it's not always easy to do, taking action against your employer is typically the right approach. Not only does this protect your legal rights, but it can also prevent others from dealing with the same type of situation in the future.

Steps to take after receiving a workers� compensation denial

If you are injured on the job, immediately returning to work may be out of the question. The loss or reduction in your income may have a profound effect on your family's finacial circumstances. It would be rare for workers in today's America to simply take the hit until they are back on their feet in the workplace. Filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits will help to put your mind at ease.

Unfortunately, there's no guarantee of an approval. You could receive a workers' compensation denial letter, which puts you right back at square one.

Job termination and your final paycheck: Things to know

When it comes to your professional life, there's nothing worse than learning that your employment is being terminated. As frustrating and disappointing as it may be, you should immediately turn your attention to protecting your legal rights.

In addition to severance, for which you may qualify, it's critical to understand your rights regarding receiving your final paycheck.

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