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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.

3 things to know about filing a workers’ comp claim

After years of working in a Cerritos machine shop, you have seen your fair share of accidents. You have even had a few close calls yourself. In reality, it only takes a moment for a catastrophic injury to occur on the shop floor. If you do suffer an injury, do you know what to do? Do you know how the workers' compensation process works in California? Furthermore, do you even qualify to file a claim?

Filing a workers' compensation claim can often be a complicated process. Before you start the claims process, it is important to understand how it works so that you can avoid making a mistake that might result in a delay or denial of benefits.

Asian-American police speak out after being discriminated against

With many different people with different cultures and backgrounds living in America, it's never been more important to be courteous to one another. Making fun of someone's accent or heritage simply isn't acceptable.

When someone does something that is discriminatory or racist, people tend to point it out. They should. That's what is happening in this case in Los Angeles county. According to the story, the San Gabriel police officers allegedly mocked their colleagues by using mock Asian accents and using discriminatory name-calling.

How many fatal injuries take place at work every year?

When you go to work, you want to know that you'll also come home safely. For some people, that simply isn't how the day will end. Occupational injuries result in fatalities every year, and as a result, many people lose people they love.

Fatal workplace injuries are recorded in the United States every year. In 2015, there were 4,836 fatal work injuries, which was an increase from the year before. That should draw concern, because as injuries take place, businesses need to take steps to reduce them, not allow them to continue to happen.

Workers' compensation denied? Get the benefits you deserve

You got hurt on the job and expected your employer to help you get the compensation you deserved through workers' compensation. Just a little while after your accident, you are told that workers' compensation has denied your claim. Now, you think you might be out of luck, but the truth is that there are some things you can do.

It's possible that you could appeal your denied workers' compensation case through the state's board of workers' compensation, for instance. Before you do, take time to review your denial and see if there were errors made or things you can do to further support your case.

Can an at-will employer fire you for any reason?

Being wrongfully discharged from a job is something you should stand up against if it happens to you. It's not your employer's right to fire you in certain circumstances. For instance, if he or she doesn't agree with your marriage to a same-sex partner, that has nothing to do with your job. Your employer can't discriminate against you because of your choices in that respect.

If you're wrongfully terminated, there are damages you can seek from your employer. There are also other ways you can be compensated. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you've been wrongfully terminated.

What can qualify you to receive Social Security disability?

Imagine you develop a serious and permanent illness or disability. This medical problem has left you unable to work and unable to earn an income to support yourself and your family.

It can be terrifying to have your source of income dry up and not know where the money is going to come from to pay the bills. However, if you can successfully apply for Social Security disability benefits, you might be able to get the extra cash you need to survive.

Working families absorb the costs of injuries

As a working parent, the last thing you ever wanted to have to deal with was a work-related injury. By not being at work, you're not bringing in an income. Without an income, you can't provide for your family.

There is nothing more devastating than feeling like you can't provide for and protect those who need you. That's why it's so important to understand your right to workers' compensation after an injury. Workers' compensation helps cover lost wages, medical bills and other needs, so you can focus on your health instead of worrying about money.

A hostile work environment: What it is and is not

When you started your new job, you immediately had concerns. The first day, a coworker commented on your figure. The second day, your boss winked at you, and you thought it was a little unusual. You're attractive, but the point of you being at work isn't to be eye candy. It's starting to make you want to stay home.

Work environments can become hostile, but what exactly is hostile and how bad does it have to get before you have a case? A hostile work environment is one in which the environment at your job has become unpleasant and impossible to work in. For instance, if your boss is sexually harassing you every day you go to work, you may not want to go to work and can report that his actions make your job impossible to perform.

When does teasing become harassment?

You're new on the job, and it goes without saying that you expected to have some teasing from others as you learned the ropes. What you didn't expect was for coworkers to tease you on a more personal level. When it's joking about your work ethic or your ability to learn something new quickly, it's a far cry from someone commenting on what you're wearing or how you act when you approach a customer.

Sexual harassment is an unlawful act. It's not legal to harass someone based on his or her sex. Sexual harassment comes in a few forms including requests for sexual favors, physical harassment, verbal harassment and unwelcome sexual offenses. Although it's common to hear about women facing harassment in the workplace, both men and women can be victims of harassment.

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