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Standing up for your rights as a whistleblower

If you have recently made a complaint at work or you have reported your company for illegal or unsafe activities, you may be a whistleblower. As such, you have a higher risk of negative actions being taken against you by your employer or even your co-workers because you have likely acted against their wishes.

This is why there are laws in place to legally protect whistleblowers across the United States. If you have been affected by whistleblower retaliation in California, it is important that you take action to protect yourself and hold your employer accountable for their illegal treatment of you.

Officer killed when driver runs into him at traffic stop

A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer died recently when he was struck while on a traffic stop in Lake Elsinore.

The officer, a sergeant, was a 27-year-veteran of the CHP who previously had patrolled the Santa Ana and Baldwin Park areas.

The rehabilitation rights of injured workers

Being injured at work can have long-term effects on your ability to earn an income. If your injury has caused a disability, you may no longer be able to work in the job you had prior to the incident. As a result, you will need to go through the process of building new work skills to help you change your career path.

Job training can cost a great deal of money, and this is why rehabilitation is one of your rights under workers' compensation law. It is important that you make sure to assert your vocational rehabilitation rights in addition to claiming workers' compensation funds.

Compromised playground safety can lead to injuries

We all know that children have a decreased sense of danger in comparison to adults. They are still learning about the world, are naturally curious and want to be active. Public playgrounds can be a great opportunity to allow your children to learn, socialize and play. However, playgrounds can come with certain dangers.

Playgrounds are subject to regulations and inspections from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). However, there has been a recent troubling incident in California where a child was fatally injured on a playground. It is important, therefore, that you exercise reasonable caution to ensure your child's safety and that you report any unsafe situation.

What should I do after I'm fired from my job?

Sometimes your employer has every right to terminate your employment relationship. Other times, the termination is unlawful. It could be grounds for a wrongful termination claim in which you can pursue compensation or other remedies. To protect your right to file a claim, consider taking the following steps after you lose a job:

Leave politely: There's no reason to throw a fit or do anything "untoward" when leaving your workplace. Be kind an respectful and leave in a peaceful way. Save all evidence and information that could potentially support a claim for wrongful termination if you believe that your rights were violated.

How to talk to your employer about pregnancy

Becoming pregnant and welcoming a new life into the world should be something to celebrate, but unfortunately, many expectant mothers worry about how this new chapter of their lives will affect their careers. If you are pregnant in California, it is important that you understand the laws that are in place to protect you.

You should also put consideration into when and how to tell your employer about your pregnancy. You may not want to tell your employer too early in your pregnancy, but it is important that you give them enough notice.

The importance of doing your own workers' compensation research

If you have been injured at work, after seeking medical treatment, it is likely that you will go to your employer for advice about filing for workers' compensation. It is possible that you will trust everything that your employer tells you about your rights under workers' compensation laws.

It is important that you do not automatically take your employer's advice for granted. This is the case for two reasons. First, your employer may not be fully equipped with the correct information, and therefore, may unknowingly give you false information. Second, your employer may try to convince you not to file for workers' compensation by giving your inaccurate information, because they do not want to deal with a workers' compensation claim.

Your rights as a disabled employee in California

If you are a job seeker or an employee who has a disability, you may be wondering what your rights are in the workplace. If you do not know your rights, you will not know when it is appropriate to enforce them. This is why it is important that you take the time to learn about what type of treatment is unacceptable and how you should demand to be treated.

If you work for or are dealing with an employer that employs 15 or more people, they are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The ADA applies to all aspects of the employment cycle, from the recruitment practice that a potential employee is subject to, to job protection, promotions and pay.

Understanding dog bite laws in California

When you encounter a dog in a park or at the house of a friend, you are unlikely to feel threatened by it or in any danger. You may even be inclined to pet it and engage in playful behavior because most well-trained and healthy dogs respond positively to such behavior. However, if you had an experience where a dog acted aggressively toward you and bit you, it is likely that you will be in a great deal of pain and will need to seek medical attention as a result.

In the state of California, dog owners are strictly liable for dog bites that occur on public property, and for dog bites that occur on private property when the victim is on the property legally. Therefore, if you were bitten by a dog in California, you may want to consider taking action to gain back damages for the financial expenses and emotional suffering that resulted.

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