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September 2019 Archives

New law could greatly expand workers' compensation

The California workers' compensation system requires employers to carry insurance that will pay benefits for their employees who are injured on the job. But what if the employee is technically not an employee, but an independent contractor?

Can undocumented workers receive workers’ compensation?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is more complicated – for the general contractor or other employer. Manual labor industries, especially agriculture and construction provide many undocumented immigrants with job opportunities. According to the Pew Research Center, agriculture jobs construction jobs accounted for 30% of the jobs performed by undocumented workers in 2014.

Can you return to work before you’ve completely recovered?

As a construction worker, you regularly put your body to the test. Through lifting, pushing and pulling all day, every day, you can easily strain your back. And considering the heights you climb to, the balance much of your work requires and the amount of equipment around you, there is virtually always a risk of serious injury.

4 common food service injuries

Working in the food service industry is notoriously hard. You have to deal with rude and entitled people, be on your feet for long periods of time, and often work an inconsistent schedule with long hours.

Change in citizenship policy creates confusion

The Trump administration has been consist in cracking down on immigration, and so when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced late last month that it was changing its policy toward children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents, many immigration advocates assumed the worst. Headlines declared that children born overseas to U.S. military service member parents would now no longer automatically receive U.S. citizenship.

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