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Will a Webcam Help Prevent Elder Abuse for Your Loved Ones — or Just Invade Their Privacy?

Posted on: August 16, 2019

While these cameras may offer safety, they can also compromise privacy  According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, there are as many as 6 million cases of elder abuse in the United States annually.  As many as 11 percent of these cases occur in California — or approximately 660,000 incidents.  If you have a […] read more →

U.S. Women’s Soccer, Fair Pay — and You

Posted on: August 13, 2019

While the team may be struggling to achieve equal pay, California has laws in place to achieve wage equality  If you’re a sports fan, you may have watched as the U.S. Women’s National Team won the World Cup this summer in France.  Behind the scenes, there was turmoil — as the team had sued U.S. […] read more →

New Law Protects Workers from Smoke Inhalation

Posted on: August 9, 2019

An emergency regulation requires employers to ensure safe workplaces  In the past year, California has seen its share of devastating wildfires.  These fires seem to be continuing at a record pace across the state, leading to dangerous conditions for those who fight the fires as well as those who live and work near the wildfires.  […] read more →

Trump Administration Argues Against Protections for LGBTQ Workers

Posted on: August 6, 2019

Department of Justice lawyers argue that gay and transgender workers are not protected by the Civil Rights Act While sexual orientation and gender identity are not explicitly protected by federal civil rights law, in recent years, courts across the country have found that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects these traits. […] read more →

Can You Get SSDI for Bipolar Disorder?

Posted on: July 26, 2019

Bipolar disorder is considered a “qualifying disorder” for SSDI When thinking about Social Security Disability benefits (such as SSDI), many people first consider physical disabilities. Yet millions of Americans have mental health conditions that limit their ability to work — such as bipolar disorder. Although bipolar disorder is relatively rare, the majority of people with […] read more →

Proposed Changes to Trucking Safety Rules May Lead to More Accidents

Posted on: July 23, 2019

The rules would relax Hours of Service Regulations We rely on tractor trailers, or big rigs, to transport necessary goods across the country. Without these trucks — and the men and women who drive them — the shelves in our stores would be empty, our gas stations wouldn’t have fuel, and our hospitals wouldn’t have […] read more →

What’s the Difference Between SSDI and SSI?

Posted on: July 19, 2019

Understanding more about these benefits can help you decide if you should apply for one — or both — types In the world of Social Security benefits, there are so more acronyms that even experienced professionals may have trouble remembering all of them. Yet making sense of them is critical to understanding your rights, and […] read more →

What Are Wage and Hour Violations?

Posted on: July 16, 2019

Some types of wage theft are more common than others Every day, millions of workers across the United States have their wage and hour rights violated. These rights are established under both federal law (the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA) and state law (California Labor Code). These violations result in what is known as […] read more →

Can I Be Fired While on Disability Leave?

Posted on: July 12, 2019

If you are on approved leave, you may have a claim if you are terminated. If you take medical leave, you don’t want to have to worry about whether your job is safe while you are focusing on your health. Yet most employees in the United States (including in California) are at-will, which means that […] read more →

What Is a Fitness for Duty Exam?

Posted on: July 5, 2019

The exam can only be required in limited situations. If you have a disability, you are entitled to certain protections under both federal and California law. Having documentation of your disability does not mean that your employer cannot take request additional information regarding your ability to perform essential job functions. In certain situations, your employer […] read more →

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