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Pesticide Use on Farms

Modern farm production is largely reliant on the use of pesticides to keep unwanted populations in control around growing crops. While the chemicals themselves do not harm the production process directly, pesticides can contribute to widespread health concerns that affect workers and consumers alike. Naturally, most concern is raised when the average consumer is threatened by the use of these chemicals, but the UN Environment Programme estimates that developing countries can see 18,000 deaths every year from pesticide exposure. World numbers account for several million affected workers, and the United States is not immune from damages to workers’ health from these substances.

FERA and Contemporary Qui Tam Suits

Qui tam lawsuits have been filed for centuries. In England, the suits originated as a way for citizens to protect their government from fraud. In modern America, the False Claims Act was created in order to combat abuses mostly committed by financial institutions, health care providers, and defense contractors. Given the economic troubles coming from the past few years, the federal government has taken notice.

Concussions and Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Concussions, usually caused by a blow to the head, can range in severity from a simple bump on the head to a loss in consciousness or even long-term damage (with repeated injuries). Though not all concussions cause a loss in consciousness, they all have similar characteristics in which they affect memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance and coordination.

European Works Council Ensures Employee Participation in Decision Making

With the growth of trade union movements all over the world, there was strong demand for employee’s right. One of the most prominent demands was the right of employee to participate in decision making. Such demands were particularly pronounced in cases where the decision involved interest of the employees in an organization.

Does Gender Constitute a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification For Prison Workers?

On July 8, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the decision by a woman’s prison to hire women only for certain lieutenant positions constituted gender discrimination under the federal anti-discrimination in employment law, Title VII. The Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) hired only female correctional lieutenants at a women’s prison. The Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s decision granting summary judgment, which had upheld NDOC’s discriminatory employment policy, concluding that the policy imposed only a “de minimis” restriction on male prison employees’ promotional opportunities and, alternatively, that the policy fell within Title VII’s…

Work Place Stress

Two groups of lawyers and medical experts recently attended break-out sessions at the Legal & Medical 2007 Conference in London to address this topic. The outcome of the debate covered the areas of classification of employment stress, responsibility for identifying and resolving this stress, the role of anger and resentment in maintaining ‘disability’, and the benefits of CBT therapy and a phased return to work approach following absence.

How to Properly Protect Yourself When Injured on the Job

Often, injured workers contact an attorney and tell them that they were hurt on the job, but their employer is already taking care of the workers compensation case. The worker explains that their employer acted immediately and contacted the company insurance adjuster, who then promptly jumped into action. This insurance company assured the worker that everything would be OK, that they would pay for all of their medical treatment, and even pay for most of their time off work.

Obtaining Severance Pay

If you were promised a certain amount of severance by your former employer and you have not seen that money or have only seen a portion of it, your employer has violated a contract and you can sue for that money and breech of contract. While severance is not the same as an actual wage–as you did not actually work for that sum of money–the fact that you entered into a contract stating that a certain amount of severance pay would be granted is enough to justify a lawsuit.

Steps For Avoiding Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents

Being an accident victim is never a pleasant experience. From the associated injuries to the lengthy recovery, accidents cause inconvenience and hardship, creating a burden on your life and the life of those who care about you. This can certainly be the case with accidents related to slips, trips, and falls. By knowing what steps are necessary to keeping yourself out of harm’s way, you are better able to avoid falling victim to a slip, trip and fall accident.

Disability Retirement For Federal Workers – The Importance of a Coherent and Consistent Application

Federal and Postal employees either fall into one of two possible retirement systems: FERS (an acronym for Federal Employee Retirement System) or CSRS (Civil Service Retirement System). Whichever system the Federal or Postal employee falls under, the benefit of Federal Disability Retirement is an option which is available, in the event that a Federal Government worker is no longer able to perform at least one of the essential elements of one’s job. Remember that, in order to qualify for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, the medical condition or injury does not have to be job-related.

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