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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.

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.

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