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Carpet Layer Who Fell Through Floor Wins $3.5 Million

A worker whose leg fell through a defective floorboard won a $3.5 million jury award for back and nerve injuries from the fall, according to the Pennsylvania Record. Bernhardt Wilson was hired as a subcontractor in 2011 to rip out and replace carpets at a townhouse in Philadelphia, where the occupants had just moved out. During his work, a floorboard gave way and Wilson’s right leg went straight through the floor. Wilson’s leg was scraped and cut, and he suffered …

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Few Legal Protections for Domestic Workers

The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 did not include basic labor protections for household workers like nannies, caregivers and cleaners. Almost 80 years later, almost all domestic workers are still unprotected. Domestic workers are not covered by federal minimum wage laws or the minimum wage laws of most states. Generally, these workers are not eligible for unemployment insurance or protected by antidiscrimination or workers’ compensation laws. A 2012 survey found that 23 percent of domestic workers made less than …

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Posted 2 years ago in Labor and Employment by Jennifer King  
Read the Latest Issue of ‘Your Job & The Law’ Newsletter

How to Leave Your Job the Right Way Most workers in the United States are at-will employees, which means your employer can fire you at any time and for nearly any reason. Similarly, you are also free to quit your job at any time and for any reason. But there are still some protocols you should follow. Find Out More…   Tips for Getting Workers’ Comp So much in life is about timing. Getting workers’ compensation and keeping the payments …

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Posted 2 years ago in Consumer Law by Sylvia Hsieh  
ALEC Leads the Legal War Against Consumers

Meet ALEC — the nickname for the American Legislation Exchange Council — that has recently come to light as a cozy meeting place where Big Business is accused of “ghostwriting” its wish list of laws that state legislators  introduce across the country. While recent media attention has focused on ALEC’s role in passing pro-gun laws like Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, scant attention has been paid to the group’s anti-consumer agenda.  A law written by ALEC just gutted the Ohio …

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Posted 3 years ago in Labor and Employment by Josh Crank  
The Privacy Dangers in Workers’ Comp

It can be easy to take the privacy of your personal medical information and private life for granted when no one is actively nosing around in them. But if you get injured at work, you may find your privacy invaded by insurance companies hungry for any evidence that can be used to deny your workers’ compensation claim.   Papers, Please Insurers, administrative agencies and certain employers have a legitimate need and legal right to obtain medical information that pertains to a …

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