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April 2018 Archives

Workplace accidents: Hot-wired truck caused driver's death

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health requires all employers to take responsibility for the health and safety of their employees. All fatal workplace accidents are investigated by the safety agency to determine whether deaths resulted from noncompliance with safety regulations. The conclusions of one such an investigation were recently reported.

Pregnant workers often face illegal discrimination at work

Under Federal law, pregnancy is a protected medical condition. Employers cannot legally discriminate against a worker who is, has been or hopes to become pregnant. However, the unfortunate reality is that many companies will do everything they can to push pregnant workers out of jobs. There are many reasons why companies may engage in this kind of behavior.

Fear of retaliation prevents some workers from filing claims

When you work as an employee in California, you typically have the legal right to workers' compensation for any injuries you suffer or illnesses you acquire while working. After all, this is the entire point of the program. It is meant to protect workers from incurring substantial medical debt or becoming impoverished due to a disability caused by a job. Sadly, some workers worry about how filing a claim could impact their job and their future.

Workplace injuries: YouTube shooting underscores violence threat

According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, employers in California must provide safe work environments that are free of known hazards. They are responsible for the health and safety of employees and they must prevent workplace injuries. However, the prevalence of violence in workplaces is raising concern because it is becoming exceedingly challenging to protect employees from harm. This was underscored by the recent shooting at the YouTube offices in Northern California.

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