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New worker regulations will protect from heat

As summer heats up so does the pressure for California business owners. As Bloomberg BNA reports, a proposed rule from California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will require employers to have a written plan in place to keep heat illnesses from occurring indoors. Cal/OSHA hopes to have the final rule in place by January 1, 2019. There are already regulations in place to protect workers outdoors in high-temperature situations, such as restaurants and warehouses.

What you should know about a medical leave of absence

As an employee, you may face situations where you need to take time off of work and concentrate on an important issue. Whether you or a family member is suffering from a serious medical condition or you have just given birth to a baby, you may be required to take a break from work for a few weeks.  The Family Medical Leave Act may provide workers with the assurance that they will not lose their job while they are out taking care of these important matters. However, you must meet certain criteria before you can receive this benefit.

Facts about workers’ compensation

Many people in Los Angeles assume that any time they sustain workplace injuries they are entitled to receive workers’ compensation. While that is the basic premises of the law, there are many rules, stipulations and circumstances that can affect a person’s right to obtain benefits, states the Manufacturing Technology Mutual Insurance Company.

The gig economy raises new safety challenges for workers

Between Uber, Lyft, Postmates and countless other apps, more workers are turning to the on-demand or "gig economy" for temporary or even semi-permanent employment. But, as workers and consumers embrace these technologies, new questions arise in regards to worker safety.

Basics of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act

California residents have plenty of financial burdens to worry about. Between bills, daily expenses, any debts, car maintenance and so on, it can be difficult for a person to remember that they need to plan ahead both for the future, and for any potential unexpected financial surprises, good or bad.

Are same-sex couples entitled to ERISA benefits?

Following the U.S. v. Windsor decision, same-sex marriages were legalized and recognized across the United States. The Windsor decision required all federal agencies to grant the same benefits to same-sex couples as those that are enjoyed by heterosexual couples. For instance, same-sex couples can now file joint tax returns, obtain VA benefits, and spouses may participate in their spouse's ERISA-covered retirement plan.

'Union Persuader' rule overruled by federal judge

The Union Persuader rule required employers to disclose to employees any work they do regarding union organization efforts. The practical effect was to require law firms to disclose their efforts on behalf of their clients, the companies opposing union organization. A federal judge in Texas issued a permanent injunction which essentially nullifies the rule.

The effect of marijuana legalization on employment law

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64 which legalized recreational marijuana consumption in the state. But the legalization of marijuana does not mean that you can begin smoking at work. Marijuana will be subject to restrictions, similar to the ones imposed on alcohol. This post will go over your rights under Proposition 64 and how it affects your job.

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