Don’t trust your boss

Don’t trust your employer. I don’t care where you work, just don’t do it. This is the second job I’ve had where I’ve had my boss make promises he wasn’t willing to fulfill.

The job before this one promised me four weeks off each year. I was a full-time employee at a pizza place. I made pizzas and took orders. I need four weeks off because I have family on the other side of the country, and I have to have time to visit them. So, last year, I tried to take time off, and I was denied, multiple times. At the same time, I saw my boss grant other people time off, sometimes even for up to a month all at once. I asked about this, and the boss said it just wasn’t a good time, that I was too valuable to the company. All of that stuff. I said, if I’m valuable, you should let me take the time I need so I can work even harder. He laughed at that and said he would find a good time “soon.” Soon never happened, so I quit.

Now the same thing has happened again. I moved into retail, thinking that since it was a little slower during some parts of the year, it’d be easier to take time off. I worked every holiday for half a year. I worked every big shift during the Christmas rush. I worked on Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Then, this past February, I asked for two weeks to visit family. The same thing happened! My new boss, just like the last one, said I was too valuable, that they couldn’t get by without me. I told him to hire more workers then, but he said he couldn’t afford it. Then, once again, he promised me he’d find time for me to go. I waited for months, and that time never came. I asked, and I asked, and I asked.

Finally, I just went. I put a note on his desk, and I went for two weeks. I didn’t answer my phone, and I didn’t check my email. When I got back, my boss fired me. He shouted at me and said I was irresponsible. When I pointed out he had promised me time off, he gave me some stupid excuse that it was coming and there was paperwork or something. He said he was going to hire more people anyway, and now he’d just fill my position.

I felt awful, of course, but more than anything, I feel angry. I’m searching around for a lawyer to see if I can sue him and my last employer. Hopefully, I can run them both out of business. If nothing else, I hope I can get enough out of them to cover a bit of vacation time so I can go back out and relax with my family.

So, to all you people out there, I’ll keep you updated, but in the meantime, don’t trust your employer. No matter how nice they seem. They’re just going to try to work you to death. Don’t let them do it!

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Why You Need Adequate Sleep

Many people think that sleeping is just not worth it. If a person sleeps, he or she is wasting precious time that can be dedicated to productive activities, such as education or work, or to recreational activities, like sports and video games.

But it can be argued that sleeping is also productive and recreational. It is productive because you are not wasting time, as you are repairing your body from the damages it has sustained all throughout the day. It is recreational because it is a form of rest and relaxation.

There are two main reasons why getting adequate sleep is important. The first one is already stated above – it rejuvenates the body. The second one can be more complicated – it prevents the effects of sleep deprivation.

Your body is not invincible. Like tools, equipment, and machines, it is prone to wear and tear. So, if you do not maintain it properly, it is going to have defects and malfunctions.

Physical Problems

Not getting enough sleep results into physical and mental problems. In the physical aspect, it can result into fatigue and excessive sleepiness during the day. This can compromise your productivity and safety. Your productivity is compromised because you can’t really move adequately when you feel exhausted. Your safety is compromised because you may fall asleep on the worst scenarios, like when you are driving.

Lack of sleep can also result into medical conditions, such as how your exhaustion and lack of physical activity can lead to obesity. Also, according to the website of Silent Night Therapy, untreated sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and even stroke.

Mental Problems

Sleep deprivation can limit your mental capabilities. This is especially true on specific mental aspects, such as alertness and assertiveness, comprehension and concentration, learning and memorization, and reaction time.

Lack of sleep may also lead to psychological issues, including anxiety, depression, and increased irritability. These issues may lead to other behaviors, such as escapist tendencies like overeating and violent tendencies like wanting to start a fight because of increased irritability.

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Motorcycle Accidents and Road Defects

Motorcycle Accidents and Road Defects

Motorcycle accidents happen because of rider errors and reckless tendencies, but there are instances where they happen because of third parties, such as dangerous road conditions. Those who are responsible for the construction and maintenance of the road that has caused an accident may be held liable. In fact, according to the website of Mazin & Associates, PC, those who have been hurt in motorcycle accidents may get compensation.

Defective traffic lights and signs

Traffic lights are there to ensure that every motorist is passing without obstructions. If the lights are not functioning properly, motorists may get involved in accidents caused by right-of-way issues. Warning signs, such as about speed limits and construction sites ahead, may also put motorists at risk if they are absent, incomprehensible, or not effectively visible. Motorcyclists are particularly at risk because they are not wrapped in metal chassis like car drivers. They may sustain more serious injuries when they get involved in accidents.

Lack of barriers and dividers

There should be proper barriers outside of the roads, so motorists who veer off roads will not crash down embankments or fall from elevated spaces, such as in freeways and mountainous areas. Barriers can also be placed between the opposite lanes to prevent motorists from swerving into oncoming traffic.

If these barriers and dividers are absent or not strong enough, they may result into head-on collisions, rollover accidents, and even deaths. Since motorcyclists only have limited protections, like helmets and pads on the knees and elbows, they may be more vulnerable to bodily damages.

Potholes, cracks, and other dangerous road conditions

Motorcycles have less traction on the road because they only have two tires and these tires are thinner compared to those from vehicles. This means that they are more prone of crashing because of defects on the road, such as cracks, debris, potholes, slippery materials like rainwater and ice, and trash.

Visibility Issues

Road visibility is an important aspect of safe riding. Anything that can affect visibility, such as unmaintained trees and bushes and poor lighting, can compromise safety. What makes this issue more dangerous is the fact that motorcyclists have the tendency to be less visible on the road, because they are smaller, have less effective lights, and often weave through traffic.

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Common Ways Businesses Are Violating the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was enacted for the purpose of protecting employees so they could get the right overtime pay they are entitled to. To ensure that employers will comply with the FLSA, the US Department of Labor established the Wage and Hour Division. Unfortunately, Williams Kherkher lawyers will tell you that many businesses have been violating the law and not giving employers their overtime pay.

Companies have been using a lot of strategies in order to avoid paying overtime wage. Given its costly nature, employers will exert all effort in trying to avoid paying overtime wage. This is an illegal practice and employees who have been denied their overtime pay can file a claim with the Department of Labor. Here are some of the common strategies used by companies in avoiding overtime pay:

1. Making Workers As Salaried Employees

There is a common notion that salaried employees are exempted from overtime pay when in fact, they are not. A salaried employee needs to meet the requirements for exempt status Likewise, the salary must be more than a fixed amount per week.

2. Misclassification

In order to avoid payment of overtime, employers change the classification of an employee to independent contractor thus disqualifying them from receiving overtime pay. But if the company still has control of the time and manner of work of the employee, they cannot be considered an independent contractor.

3. Inside Sales

Compared to outside sales people, inside sales personnel spend most of their time in the office making calls or online. While they are entitled to overtime pay, companies frequently classify sales people as exempt from overtime.

4. Assign Outside Work

When an employee is assigned to do work at their home, they expect their employer to fully compensate them.

5. Comp Time

Some companies have a policy called “comp time” offered to employees who work overtime. Instead of money, employees are given time off in the future. This is an illegal tactic since the law requires employees to be paid for timed work.

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Negligence: A Major Cause of Surgical Errors

Believe it or not, but some of the worst errors which result either in injuries or death are committed by some of the most intelligent and well trained individuals, and in places where safety and quality care are supposed to be priorities, especially for those suffering from serious illnesses. The persons guilty of these grave mistakes are doctors, some of them have been practicing for decades, while the places where the mistakes are committed are hospitals, particularly surgery rooms.

Though absurd as it may sound, but a case actually happened wherein three different doctors committed the mistake of operating on their respective patients’ wrong side of the brain. While leaving a medical instrument inside a patient’s body is already a very common surgical error, ever heard about a patient who, while being operated on, was accidentally set on fire? What about a patient, whose healthy kidney, instead of the damaged one, was removed, or a man who suffered the removal of the wrong testicle, or the wrong leg of a person getting amputated?

Surgical errors are real and at least 200,000 thousand cases are committed every year, some of these resulting to more serious injuries, while others result to patient death. These errors are registered in the list of medical malpractices every year, according to an article posted in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, due to hospital administrators concealing many other cases of surgical mistakes, it is believed that the actual number is much higher than 200,000 thousand.

Doctors who have been reported as having committed, and still continue to commit, medical errors, likewise number to thousands. Many of these doctors still have pending cases which will determine whether they are guilty of the malpractice they are being accused of.

Surgical errors, as discussed in one law firm’s website, called Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., also include surgery on wrong patient, incorrect surgical procedure. mishandling of surgical instruments, improper suturing, and post-surgical complications. The said firm also says that, due to the life-altering effects of surgical errors, victims should never hesitate pursuing a legal action against the negligent medical professional.

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Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage now also required by a Number of States

Showing proof that you have auto liability insurance in necessary each time you to re-register your car and renew your driver’s license, besides these, it will also save you from having your license and driving privileges suspended, and from being issued a traffic ticket for violation of the insurance law which may be mandated in your state. However, if you get involved in a car accident which is the fault of another driver who happens to be uninsured, then you may end up facing financial problems because the auto insurance coverage that you carry is not for your own sake, but for the sake of the victim of an accident wherein you are the one at fault.

Cost of medical treatment and hospitalization, lost wages due to absence from work, and pain and suffering, are almost always the results of car accidents. To cover these cost and losses, the victim is legally allowed to claim compensation from the at-fault driver (this compensation is supposed to be paid by the at-fault driver’s insurance provider). However, if the liable driver is uninsured, then the victim has no other choice but to file a civil lawsuit against him/her for the purpose of seeking compensation (unless the at-fault driver makes an out-of-court settlement with him/her). Meanwhile, as the court case or settlement progresses, payment for all expenses resulting from the accident will have to come from the victim’s own pocket.

With more than 29 million drivers who freely drive on US roads and highways without carrying insurance, the scenario above is a common incidence. So many drivers who comply with the insurance law are being made to suffer more because of other’s non-compliance with this same law. However, instead of solving the issue by punishing the guilty, making them pay for the damages they have caused, and making sure that they purchase insurance coverage, the solution (which is actually more of a punishment) is passed back to law abiding citizens – by requiring them to get additional coverage, namely, the Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage and Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage.

Uninsured motorist coverage is designed to pay for all economic losses and damages suffered by victims of accidents that are blamable on uninsured drivers; this coverage also serves as a perfect financial safety net in accidents involving stolen vehicles or in hit-and-run accidents. Underinsured motorist coverage, on the other hand, is designed to supplement any insufficiency in the policy limit of the driver at fault. A policy may be insufficient to cover all damages if it amounts only to the minimum liability coverage required by the state.

Regardless of the limit of policies purchased, one thing remains to be factual – these added coverages are additional expenses for drivers; but since these are mandates, drivers can only comply. However, complying does not mean paying high premiums.

Drivers to seek help from independent car insurance companies before purchasing auto insurance. These companies readily provide drivers with insurance quotes from different firms to allow them to compare prices and find the rate that best suits their budget and individual coverage needs.

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A tree fell on me and hurt me, who’s at fault?

Falling branches and collapsing tree trunks can cause not just property damage, but also physical injuries. A Houston personal injury lawyer would probably tell you that an unexpected emergency department visit, medical bills and lost time at work are just some of the many things that a person could face when injured in a tree fall accident. In some tragic cases, it may even result in wrongful death. When you have been harmed by a falling tree, it could be important to know who’s at fault to see how you might be able to seek compensation.

Is tree fall accident an act of God?

Typically, a tree fall accident is considered an act of God if it was a result of natural calamities. When a healthy-looking tree collapsed due to tornadoes, lightning, storms, floods, and other natural catastrophe, it could be defined as an act of God. Depending on the jurisdiction, the ‘act of God’, or vis major argument can be used as a defense to prove that the owner of the property where the tree is located is not accountable for any damages that resulted from the accident. The defendant will only have to prove that no human influence, assistance or foresight could have prevented the tree fall accident.

When is the property owner accountable?

However, the ‘act of God’ argument cannot be employed in situations wherein the property owner has been negligent in exercising his duty of care. For instance, an owner could be held liable if he knew or was informed that the tree in his property is unhealthy and might pose hazard during inclement weather.

Tree fall accident safety

If you have trees in your property, trimming down unhealthy branches and those that are protruding to the street or a neighbor’s property is one sure way to avert tree fall accidents. However, remember to seek professional help when trimming branches or cutting down a tree to avoid getting into trouble of harming anyone, including yourself.

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The Importance of Defending Labor Laws

Most of a regular person’s adult life will be spent in the labor force. This is a simple fact of life as not everyone can get by on a trust fund or a surprise inheritance from a distant, recently deceased uncle, or finding out that you’re legitimate royalty of a country you’ve never heard of before. Real life is endlessly more difficult than what the movies make it out to be – and with just as many plot twists.

The labor force need not be such a terrifying place, however. The relationship between an employer and an employee, ideally, should be an equitable back and forth relationship between two parties that try to better each other. The employee, with their service, elevates and improves the business of the employer; the employer, in turn, provides a means of stable income for the employee. There are certain rights and privileges that come with and for either side in order to make sure that the industry is a field met with justice and equal opportunity for all.

A lot of the time, some employees don’t report the violation of a contract following the relationship of an employer and an employee. Sometimes, the employee is not aware of their rights and privileges while in the employment of their boss. This is a problem that has scattered throughout the industry, which has brought forth the demand for the awareness of various labor laws that are in effect in different parts of the United States.

As one of the pioneers of employment throughout the world, as it is one of the premiere countries that attract immigrants for employment opportunities, the several states in the continental US have various laws and rights in effect that protect its workers. New York City labor law attorneys, for example, are then put to the task of ensuring that employees are given fair wages, are not discriminated against, among many other possible situations and violations – and that these rights are defended in a court of law, should the action be necessary.

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Divorce and Child Custody: For Who’s Best Interest?

Once you have children, your priorities shift in order to revolve around them. This is to give the children their best chance at life and allow for them to make better, smarter decisions that the parents ever could.

However, the agency of families has been consistently changing ever more so in the last few years or so. Many couples find the option of separation from each other as one that would benefit the family more – and sometimes, this is a mutually agreed decision. It can only be more difficult to come to this decision when there are children involved, since their best interests must be rightly prioritized, and parents are not always in agreement with each other.

Most The Woodlands child custody lawyers would agree that there are sometimes two sides of the coin that are being tossed into the balance, when the custody of the child following the separation needs to be taken into consideration. One parent may feel themselves to be more fit with caring for the children while the other might deem him or her unfit altogether with raising the child.

All the while, this is a terribly trying time for any family to have to go through, which is why it must be treated with only the utmost respect and sensitivity throughout the duration of the case. The entirety of a divorce case is difficult to deal with, only all the more complicated when the aspect of child custody is factored into the mix. It must be made sure that, all the while the rights and interests of the child are protected, the rights of the parents must also be given due consideration.

It is a tricky situation to be in but the subject of child custody is one of the most complicated aspects of divorce, especially if not all parties agree with one another. That makes the dealing so much more complicated and requires investigation as well as compromise. If you or someone you know is dealing with a divorce that involves a child custody battle, it is recommended that legal help with experience in this kind of situation is sought in order to make the ordeal somewhat more manageable and much smoother than it would have been, had the case been in inexperienced hands.

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Defective Drugs: What Are the Manufacturers Accountable For?

It is the responsibility of manufacturers everywhere to make sure that their products are safe for mass consumption. If there are any defects in their products that cause significant harm to the consumers, the manufacturers need to be made accountable for all the damages sustained by the unwitting victims of their products. This kind of situation is to be taken especially seriously when there are pharmaceuticals involved.

This age of modern medicine has revolutionized the world we live in today. After all, this is the time and age when illnesses such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, et cetera are being treated as the real problems that they are instead of being swept aside as simple phases or moods. Treatments have then been manufactured in order to treat these symptoms so that the people who suffer from these illnesses can live normal lives. However, if there are defects found in the pharmaceuticals, there can be notable complications that could result into further hardship not just in the life of the victim but the victim’s loved ones and family members as well.

For example, according to the website of lawyers with Williams Kherkher, there has been evidence that a drug called Zoloft has been linked to cases resulting into various birth defects. Zoloft has been known to treat severe mental illnesses such as depression and social anxiety disorders. If this drug has been the cause of a birth defect – due to a pregnant woman taking the drug during the pregnancy, for instance – it can be cause for a severe relapse in the person suffering from the mental illness, as well as the stress that the birth defect can do to the newly born child.

On the website of Williams Kherkher, it need not only be pharmaceuticals that cause significant medical trouble for people. Medical devices such as artificial implants can also cause problems if there are defects in the design or manufacturing of the product. Either way, these are instances of severe personal injury; the manufacturers should be made accountable for the damage that their products have inflicted on unsuspecting victims. This justice can be achieved by seeking the help of professionals in the field of law, who have experience with this particular branch of the industry.

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