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Don’t be afraid to appeal a workers’ compensation denial

Although workplace injuries are typically covered by your company’s workers’ compensation insurance policy, there is no guarantee you will receive an instant approval upon making a claim. There are many potential reasons for a workers’ compensation denial, including…

[nap_names id=”FIRM-NAME-2″] Welcomes New Associate Philip Tuyay

Canlas Law Group is pleased to announce the addition of Philip Tuyay as a new associate attorney with the firm’s workers’ compensation department. Philip received his juris doctor from Southwestern Law School and he was admitted to the California…

Riggers: Beware of falls on the job

If you work as a rigger, the fast-paced environment keeps you on your toes at all times. Unfortunately, there are also many risks of working as a rigger — some of which increase during particular activities. For example,…

Yes, hourly workers should receive overtime pay for extra hours

Many people who work in manufacturing, customer service and other fields are hourly workers. As an hourly worker, you have certain rights under both state and federal law. Unfortunately, many employers will not respect those rights unless you…

How will you stay safe while working as a window cleaner?

As a window cleaner, your job responsibilities are clear. Every day, you work high above the city cleaning windows on tall buildings. While you may enjoy your job as a window cleaner, it can be dangerous at times.…

Carpal tunnel syndrome: Receive a diagnosis, get treatment

As someone who uses a computer, day in and day out, it’s possible you could one day develop carpal tunnel syndrome. As a repetitive stress injury, this is something that slowly comes into play over the course of…

What steps should you take after workplace discrimination?

As the victim of workplace discrimination, you may be surprised at the way you’re being treated. Even if you don’t see it coming, you need to take immediate action to ensure that you protect yourself. Here are five…

Beware of these potential workplace accidents and injuries

It doesn’t matter if you work on a construction site, in a warehouse or in a traditional office setting, there are potential disasters lurking around every corner. That may sound a bit severe, but it’s true. You could…

The most common types of warehouse accidents

As a warehouse worker, there’s never a dull moment. Even during off-peak hours there’s always something happening to keep you busy. It’s important to keep a close eye on your surroundings at all times, as there are many types…

What you should do about sexual harassment on the job

Regardless of your position or industry, you must always realize you could be the victim of sexual harassment. This doesn’t mean you should sit around and worry about this unnecessarily. However, if you do find yourself being victimized,…

6 things you can do to prevent a ladder accident at work

Working on a ladder is a way of life for many people. From painters to roofers, there are millions of professionals who spend a good portion of their day working at height. Even if using a ladder is…

Rebecca Hansman receives 2018 [nap_names id=”FIRM-NAME-2″], APLC, scholarship

Christopher J. Canlas, President of Canlas Law Group, APLC, is pleased to announce that Rebecca Hansman has received the firm’s 2018 Legal Scholarship, which was established to recognize outstanding students who are enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. Rebecca…

Could your workers’ compensation claim be denied?

If you suffer any type of injury on the job, there are two things you should immediately do. First, call for medical help and receive treatment and second, inform your employer about your accident and injuries. Taking these…

Workers’ compensation is there for you in the worst of times

You went to work and had a day much like any other. Only this time, your day didn’t end like you’d planned. Just as you were about to clock out for the day, you took on a final…

Your employer should accommodate your work injury on the job

Manufacturing workers risk injury every day at their jobs. All the moving parts and heavy machinery, as well as dangerous or abrasive chemicals are risk factors for employee accidents. Even those who try to do everything they can…

Understanding the Compassionate Allowance program

One thing you should understand as a person looking into obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) is what a compassionate allowance is. The Compassionate Allowances program is designed to help quickly identify a disease or illness, making it faster…

What’s the primary right of workers?

As an employee, you have a right to work in a safe environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) covers most employers and employees in the private sector and provides regulations and oversight to keep workplaces safe.…

Better ergonomics make workplaces safer and more productive

You’ve worked in an office most of your life, and your employer still has the majority of the furniture he opened the business with. Over time, you’ve noticed that what was once a comfortable office has become worn.…

Fatal workplace injuries grow in the United States

In 2016, there were 5,190 fatal occupational injuries recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This was a 7 percent increase in the number of reported fatal injuries in 2015, a significant concern. While the number of…

Hurting on the job: Repetitive strain and its effects

As an employee, it’s important for you to know then you’re able to obtain compensation for workplace injuries. If you’re working day after day at the same job, there is a potential that you could suffer from something…

Disability benefits: The reality of disability in the USA

Social Security Disability is sometimes talked about as if it’s something people don’t deserve or that costs others money, but the reality is that it has a very important place in the United States’ benefit programs for workers.…

Fighting for your job: 3 things to consider

Employees know that the workplace can be a difficult place to be. While employers are supposed to provide a healthy environment for people to work in, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, people face harassment or discrimination, which…

What are some kinds of workplace discrimination?

There are literally dozens of ways a person could be discriminated against in the workplace. From being called names for having a disability to dealing with sexist customers, it would be difficult to name the possibilities. The reality…

Serious head injuries could keep you from returning to work

Workplace injuries are often sudden. You may not have expected to ever get hurt at work, but then you slipped and fell, striking your head. It’s also possible that a piece of equipment or supplies fell, hitting you on…

What rights do you have as an employee?

As an employee, you have a series of rights. When you’re hired, you’re not your employer’s slave. You’re protected by the law in many ways to prevent harassment, discrimination and other problems on the job. Employer-employee relationships can…

Pregnancy: Protected against discrimination

As a woman in the workplace, one of your fears may be that you could lose your job because you want to start a family. Pregnancy is, fortunately, protected under the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) laws…

Harassed on the job: Providing evidence of harassment

If you have ever been a victim of harassment, you know how devastating it is to your life. It doesn’t just stay at work. Instead, it begins to seep over into other parts of your life. For people…

1 in 5 men victims of workplace sexual harassment

According to an April 8 report, men make up around one in five of those who complain to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with workplace sexual harassment concerns. People often assume that women are the only people…

How does employment law help employees?

Employment law focuses on protecting the rights of workers or employers, depending on the side being practiced. Employee-side employment law focuses on the rights of employees and the obligations and responsibilities of employers to their employees. Attorneys in…

Your employer cannot require you to work overtime without pay

Many people with jobs in California get paid on an hourly basis. Instead of receiving a salary, they get paid for each hour they work for their employer. This system works well for many positions, companies and workers.…

You can prove that you were wrongfully terminated

Wrongful terminations are not as uncommon as you may think, and that’s why you need to protect yourself. As someone who has been terminated from your position, you may be concerned that you were terminated in a manner…

What is a reasonable accommodation after a workers’ comp claim?

No one comes to work in the morning with the intention of ending up severely injured or sickened. However, people do end up hurt in the course of completing job duties every day in California. That’s why workers’ compensation…

Dealing with Social Security denials is a difficult task

If you get denied for Social Security Disability, one of the things you may want to know is what you can do to get approved. If this isn’t your first denial, then it’s already a reality that you…

Medical marijuana: The medicine that could cost you your job

When you’re taking a medication that helps you function better, you expect to go to work and participate like on any other day. As long as you have no symptoms that make you a danger to yourself or…

What can you do to stay safe on the job?

When you go to work, you expect to come home at the end of the day. In fact, many workers count the hours until they can leave, never imagining that they may not ever see their families again.…

Repetitive stress injuries may leave you unable to work

When people think about workers’ compensation and injuries, catastrophic injuries usually come to mind. Certainly, workers’ compensation protects a construction worker who falls and injures his spine. However, it also covers factory workers or office staff who develop…

You have the right to appeal if denied Social Security Disability

People find themselves in need of Social Security Disability benefits for many different reasons. Perhaps you got hurt at work, suffering a traumatic or repetitive stress injury. Maybe you experienced a motor vehicle collision that resulted in permanent…

Wages are your right: Here’s what you should know

No matter who you are or what you do, you have rights as an employee in California. Not every state is the same when it comes to employee rights and state requirements, so it’s important to know the…

Employers must avoid retaliation in the workplace

If there’s a problem in the workplace, it’s your employer’s job to do something about it. For instance, if there’s a customer who continually comes into the store and sexually harasses you, the manager or owner of the…

How can you prevent falls from happening at work?

When you’re on the job, it’s crucial that you stay safe. If you get hurt, you could lose your ability to work. Yes, you have workers’ compensation to cover you, but even then your income won’t be what…

Workers’ compensation provides more than medical care coverage

You were enjoying your day at work when a coworker reported a younger member of the team making a dangerous error. The young team member didn’t take the advice of the other coworker, so you had to step…

What is California’s General Relief program?

If you’ve never heard of it before, General Relief may not mean much to you. However, it’s an important program in the state. It provides temporary compensation and aid to those who are residents of the state and…

How the Social Security Administration defines disability

If you intend to file a claim for disability benefits, you need to first know if you qualify. Qualifying for disability insurance isn’t always straightforward. Initially, you need to make sure you have a condition recognized by the…

How can you recognize workplace retaliation?

Workplace retaliation is a serious problem. When people have a problem at work, they need to be able to tell their supervisors, the human resources department or other agencies without the risk of that coming back to hurt…

Pregnant women: Never fear for your jobs

In the not-so-distant past, if a woman became pregnant while she was employed, it could mean the instant loss of her job. However, at the end of the 1970s, U.S. lawmakers enacted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.…

You don’t have to stand for discrimination in the workplace

Workplace discrimination can quickly make a once-promising job into a horrifying situation to work in. Workplace discrimination happens to people from all walks of life, from pregnant women to homosexual workers. It’s against the law to discriminate, yet…

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…

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…

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…

Construction sites are 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…

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