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Are English-only rules a type of discrimination?

All workers in the United States are legally protected from being discriminated against based on a number of characteristics in the workplace. These protected characteristics include gender, disability, race, age and national origin.

Those who were not born in the United States or whose parents originate from a country other than the United States may fear that speaking a language other than English at work could cause them to be discriminated against. All workers should be able to express their culture and communicate in the language they deem appropriate at work without fearing discrimination. This is why English-only rules in some workplaces have caused a high amount of controversy.

Can you refuse to do dangerous work on the clock?

When your employer asks you to do a job that is clearly very dangerous, do you feel trapped? Do you have to do it? If you refuse, will you get fired? How can you protect yourself?

Maybe they ask you to go up to a high catwalk to get something down, for instance, but there is no rail. It broke a couple of months ago and no one replaced it. You don't have a tether, a harness or any other safety gear. A fall means a drop of 25 feet to the warehouse floor. Your boss just smiles and makes a quip about how you should be careful and you better not fall. Now what?

Why was my Social Security Disability claim denied?

Learning that an application for benefits has been denied can be one of the most demoralizing experiences possible. You may have been feeling that your livelihood depends on the gaining of these benefits. Therefore, receiving the news that the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not believe that you are entitled to them can be very saddening, and you may feel completely defeated.

However, there is always hope. When dealing with an application denial, it is important to remember that many people have their application denied on their first or second attempt. This can be due to missing information or other factors that you can rectify before an appeal. The following are some common reasons why a disability claim can be denied.

How to react to a job loss

Losing a job can be one of the most difficult situations to deal with in life. You may have invested years of time and effort into your work and felt loyal to the company and its mission. Therefore, when your employment is terminated unexpectedly, you may feel like you have been betrayed, and it can feel difficult to know how to react.

If you have recently lost your job, the following are some smart ways to take action to ensure a positive future.

Amazon workers face high injury rate in Sacramento

If you've ever worked for Amazon, then you know that a warehouse job can be dangerous. There are heavy objects to lift and you may end up getting hurt.

Did you know that the Amazon warehouse in Sacramento has one of the highest injury rates in the U.S.? In 2018, there were over 385 injuries reported at the facility, making it possible to have an injury more than once daily. Over half of those injuries resulted in workers having to take time off work. In 153 of the cases, the workers had to move to a new job or work under restrictions to prevent further injuries.

Get help to prevent chemical burn complications

Professionals in the chemical industry know that many chemicals mix together to make toxic fumes or hazardous waste; and chemical burns can lead to serious problems that require immediate medical care.

Chemical burns can occur in almost any work environment where caustic liquid or hazardous fumes may be present. Whether you're working at a restaurant or in a laboratory, there's a potential for chemical burns from cleaning solutions and other chemicals.

Expenses covered by workers' compensation in California

Injuries of all natures can result in a successful workers' compensation claim if they took place at work. Minor injuries such as neck pain from sitting at a desk as well as severe injuries such as those acquired from a construction site fall can be claimed. While most people know about the existence of workers' compensation benefits in California, many do not know exactly what it covers.

It's important that you first verify that you are eligible for workers' compensation and that you report the injury to your employer within 30 days of the occurrence of the injury. When you have done this, you can start to educate yourself on the types of expenses you will be able to gain compensation for. The following are the most common types of coverage you will be able to claim for.

Standards of equality in the workplace

All workplaces in the United States should treat employees with respect and without unlawfully discriminating against them. However, unfortunately, many workers are discriminated against each year. This is why laws have been put in place to deter people from discriminating at work and to provide victims of workplace discrimination with the possibility to take legal action.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against in the workplace, you should take the time to understand the standards of equality that are in place. If you believe that you have been discriminated against at work, you can proceed to discover your legal options.

New labor laws shake up California in 2020

If you already thought that labor laws in California were confusing, hang onto your hat because 2020 is going to usher in some changes that could make things even more complicated.

Here's a brief overview of some of the top things you should know:

An overview of California employee pay rights

All employees in California have the right to a safe and fair working environment. To ensure that this is the case, various state laws have been put into place. If these laws are breached by employers, it can be possible for the employees affected to take legal action.

California laws set the minimum wage for employees, and they regulate standards for meal and rest breaks, as well as overtime pay. The following is an overview of some of the rights you have as a worker in California.

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