Effective December 1, 2016, new provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act have gone into effect regarding how overtime is paid. The FSLA now requires all employees covered by the Act, unless exempt, to be paid at least one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for any hours over 40 in a workweek. Exempt workers are those who earn a salary of more than $455 a week, rather than an hourly wage. There is no limit on the number of hours employees 16 or older may work. Read more
You and your employer have been unable to come to an agreement regarding what compensation is due as the result of a workplace injury, and now you’ve received notification that you’re required to attend a worker’s compensation hearing. Read more
Suffering an injury at work isn’t something we ever expect, but occasionally it does happen, especially with dangerous jobs such as construction. When disaster strikes, it can be difficult to know how to proceed in the proper manner. Read more
You might be surprised to learn that poor highway design and road related conditions are responsible for more than 50% of highway fatalities each year in the US, more than drunk driving or speeding, according to a recent study.
State and federal law requires that cities, towns and villages design, build and maintain safe roads. The Federal Highway Administration regularly examine accident scenes of car injuries and fatalities where road design, maintenance or defects may have contributed. Read more
Unfortunately, motorists accidentally falling asleep at the wheel is a growing problem. Motorists can fall asleep while driving due to medication or alcohol use, often resulting in a serious accident. A large number of motorists fall asleep while driving due to stress, lack of sleep, being overworked or attempting long trips with little or no sleep. Nationwide, each year there are more than 83,000 accidents reported as a result of the driver falling asleep at the wheel. This doesn’t include the presumably large number of cases where drivers did not report the incident. Read more
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, auto accidents involving several vehicles accounts for one third of the nearly six million annual motor vehicle accidents that takes place inside the United States. The odds increases that a death will result when the motor vehicle incident is a multi-vehicle collision. Read more
What happens when one is involved in an accident with a vehicle that has an uninsured driver? The results can be utterly catastrophic, especially if there are any passengers that have been seriously injured in the crash. Sadly, the number of uninsured drivers has been steadily increasing over the last few years. The IRC (Insurance Research Council) estimates as many as one in six drivers are uninsured.
Who are these uninsured drivers? The IRC says that they are predominantly men, and around half are under 21 years old. The reasons given for not having insurance included the high price of insurance premiums. Read more
When things go wrong and you are involved in a traffic accident, the shock can make it very difficult to think clearly.
Going through the experience of being in a car accident can be life altering. Some people never fully recover from their ordeal – either physically, emotionally or financially – so preparing oneself to handle the aftermath of a car accident before the fact can give you an advantage. Having a plan for how to handle such a tough situation beforehand could mean all the difference. Read more
Riding a motorcycle can be fun and adventurous. However, the thrill of riding a motorcycle can also be dangerous if you are not careful. Here are 5 safety tips to keep in mind before hitting the open road. Read more
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