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Families can seek out death benefits after losing a loved one

When a worker is killed on the job, his or her family is usually entitled to workers' compensation death benefits. These benefits provide compensation for funeral expenses, medical expenses and other financial needs.

Death benefits may be paid to the person's spouse or other dependents as long as the employee died while performing a work-related task or from a work-related illness. There are limits to how much a family can receive.

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects your rights

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from discriminating against people of certain backgrounds. This includes those with disabilities along with others.

Thanks to the ADA, people with disabilities can apply for any job without the risk of being discriminated against during the hiring process or during employment. To obtain these protections, you must have a qualified disability.

A ladder accident can happen for many reasons

Working on a ladder may not sound like a big deal, but it can be dangerous in more ways than one.

For example, if you regularly use a ladder at your place of employment, there is always a chance you could be part of an accident at some point. If this happens, you may suffer a serious injury, such as a broken bone or concussion.

Construction sites can be as dangerous as they sound

If you work in the construction industry, you should never lose sight of the fact that you could be part of an accident at some point. When this is in the back of your mind, there's a better chance that you'll do whatever it takes to remain safe at all times.

Construction site accidents often occur when people stop paying attention to what they're doing. Unfortunately, even if you're paying close attention to the task at hand, a mistake by another worker could result in serious injury or death.

What can a family do if someone is killed on the job?

It's a tragedy when any kind of accident happens on the job, let alone one that causes the death of a worker. In that situation, coworkers, employers, family members and others may all be affected.

After the death of a worker, it's the responsibility of an employer to make sure he or she prevents further incidents from occurring and then to deal with the incident that already occurred. Safety has to come first, and those who suffered losses must be treated fairly.

If an employer fights your right to unemployment: Fight back

If you file for unemployment, it's possible that your employer could refute your claim. If he or she contests it, there's a chance that you could be disqualified from receiving it.

They may contest your application because of believing you don't meet the qualifications. For example, if you're fired for cause or quit, you are disqualified from receiving unemployment.

Construction deaths increase by 6 percent

If you work in construction, something that may worry you is that the number of construction worker fatalities has gone up by 6 percent. A Dec. 21 report states that fatalities increased 6 percent between 2015 and 2016, with 991 total worker deaths recorded.

Your workplace should be getting safer, not more dangerous. While an increase in deaths could be attributed to a growing workforce or several major issues in a few workplaces, they're still worrying to anyone on a construction site.

Facts you should know about workplace slip-and-fall accidents

Perhaps you've worked your entire 30-year construction career without suffering a single injury, but last Friday was the day. You slipped on a wet spot and broke your hip. It could be months before you can get back on the job.

This kind of scenario is all-too-common, especially as America's workforce continues to age. The older we get, the more likely we are to suffer an on-the-job injury. Even worse, these accidents cost the economy billions and they can destroy a worker's ability to earn a living and put food on the table.

Man files lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard for wrongful firing

A recently lawsuit has alleged that age discrimination is a problem at the technology company Hewlett-Packard. A man from San Diego filed a complaint against the company for wrongful termination based on age discrimination.

The man, 55, worked at the company for close to 40 years. He claims that a 2012 reduction plan that reduced the number of workers was actually created to eliminate older workers. He filed a complaint with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing. This is necessary before going to court; the department gave him the right to pursue his claim.

Obtaining Social Security Disability is possible with good help

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are meant to be there for the people who need them. If you're hurt and unable to work for a long period of time, you may qualify for these benefits depending on your work history.

To obtain Social Security Disability benefits, you'll need to meet the requirements of two different earnings tests. The first test finds out how long you worked and paid into Social Security. The second looks at your age and when you became disabled along with your current work history.

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