Tips for Employees Losing Out On Overtime

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in Unpaid Overtime Claims, Unpaid Overtime Claims Attorneys | 0 comments

The problem with employers manipulating wages is larger than many people realize. Though we all understand the concept that anything over 40 hours should mean “time and a half” (or 1.5 times your normal wage), there’s a growing problem with employers trying to game the system so they don’t have to pay the extra money.

It’s important, as employees, to be aware of how your employer might mess with your hours so you can be on guard against it and make sure you get all the money that is coming to you. Take a look at these 5 common tricks employers use so you’ll be ready if any of them are tried on you.

  1. They call you an “independent contractor” when you aren’t one – Independent contractors are a special type of worker who can control their hours, where they work, and can sell their services to multiple employers. If all those qualifications don’t apply to you, you aren’t an independent contractor, and you deserve to get your overtime.
  1. They put you on a low salary – Just because you get a salary doesn’t mean you can’t get overtime. If your salary is less than $2,000 a month, contact someone to find out if you are still entitled to earning overtime.
  1. They make you clock out early – This is an old trick. If you have a meeting at work, you should be clocked in. if your boss wants to chat about your performance, you should be clocked in. if you are held over with work at lunch, you should be clocked in. If your boss is finding excuses to get you clocked out, you should be paid that money back, and if that puts you over 40 hours, you should be getting overtime.
  1. They average your hours – This one is a little more technical, and also a lot more malicious. According to the attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm, your employer is not allowed to spread your hours out over the whole pay period. How some employers do this is they move your overtime hours to a week when you worked less than full-time. Say you had to miss work for a day last week and this week you worked five hours of overtime. So, your boss wants to take those five hours and put them last week so you don’t get any extra pay. That’s illegal. Don’t let them get away with it.
  1. They “comp” your hours – Another of the more technical tricks of the cheating boss trade. Your boss may be taking your overtime and putting it toward future time off. This is perfectly legal in the public sector, but it isn’t if you’re an employee at a private (non-governmental) business.

It’s important to keep an eye out for these and other possible issues with your employer when it comes to your income. If you look at your paycheck and something doesn’t add up, start looking more closely and ask for more information.

If your boss is doing any of these things, you need to know that the law is on your side. If when confronted, your boss continues these practices and doesn’t pay you back what is owed, it may be time to contact a lawyer.

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Just How Useful is a Self-storage Unit?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Self-storage Unit | 0 comments

Beginning in 2004, the average size of houses in America became bigger – from 1,660 square feet to 2,400 square feet, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. Despite having become bigger, most of these newly designed structures lost one very useful area, where house owners can store their old valuable belongings – the attic or the basement (this is especially true in Sun Belt states, like, Florida, California and Texas, where houses, especially the newly-built ones, are designed without either an attic or a basement).

Now, with consumerism in America on the rise again, the number of people needing extra space has also risen. But since many houses no longer come with an extra storage room, many find that extra space elsewhere – in self-storage facilities.

There are more than 50,000 self-storage facilities in the U.S. and most of these are located in Sun Belt states. The purpose of a self-storage, or mini-storage, is to provide individuals, families or businesses the extra space they need practically for anything they need to store safely.

Though the idea of renting a self-storage may be a very remote idea to others, those who are currently leasing one know that having a self-storage space can really be beneficial, especially if you:

  • Want to enjoy the freedom of being able to rotate your furnishings regularly;
  • Intend to move to a new residence;
  • Need to reduce some of your furnishings for more excellent showing; and,
  • Lack space for old things that cannot be thrown away, such old toys or your parents’ favorites.

A self-storage can be leased on a month-to-month basis; lease can be renewed, though. Besides being affordable, payment can also be cash, with a personal check or through a credit card. Self-storage facilities also give assurance that your belongings will be safe and accessible to you 24/7.

Not all storage facilities, according to those managing Pond Springs mini storage facility, offer the same features. You may want to prefer a facility that not only has customer service that can answer your queries anytime and address your concerns efficiently, but also has a resident manager, who can guarantee order and safety and, most of all, one that features:

  • A drive up access;
  • A personal access codes
  • Security cameras;
  • A fully-fenced property;
  • Affordable rates on all storage units; and,
  • Climate-controlled and ground level units (keep your important items regulated and secure).

There are self-storage units, by the way, for those intending to store only boxed and other “not-so-big” items, and there are big units as well where one can keep furnishings from an entire home.

 

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The Dangers of DUI

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in DUI | 0 comments

The Dangers of DUI

Driving under the influence of alcohol, or more commonly known as DUI, is against the law. But there are drivers out there who still risk driving while intoxicated, maybe because they have no choice but to drive home by themselves, do not fear the consequences, or both. To prevent drunk driving, it is important to know its dangers first.

You can get arrested

Since DUI is illegal, you can get arrested and suffer the penalties for it, such as fines, license suspension, vehicle confiscation, installation of restrictive devices such as an ignition interlock, and even jail time. DUI convictions are worse than you think. The license suspensions, vehicle confiscations, and ignition interlocks will limit your mobility. Having DUI records also don’t sit well with businesses and employers.

According to the website of this Lee County DUI lawyer, it is possible to defend DUI charges. But if you ask me, prevention is still better than cure.

You can crash

There is a reason why drunk driving is considered an offense. Alcohol can affect your ability to drive. Physically, you may lose control of the vehicle because of your limited body coordination. Mentally, you may fail to comprehend traffic lights and road signs. This means that you are at risk of crashing your vehicle and injuring not just you, but also your passengers.

You can collide with other people on the road

Remember that you are not the only vehicle on the road. Your limited physical and mental abilities not just give you the risk of crashing, as it also gives you the risk of colliding with another vehicle or another person on the road.

Getting involved in an accident is one of the most tragic things that can happen to a person who is diligently driving his vehicle, safely riding his motorcycle or bicycle, and being careful in crossing the road. If that person has sustained an injury, he may even have enough grounds to take you to court.

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Medical Malpractice: Anesthesia Error

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Anesthesia is an important part of the surgery process. It helps the patient be in an unconscious or semi-conscious state during the operation, resulting into inability to feel pain and loss of general responsiveness. It also helps in managing the patient’s vital signs and oxygenation.

For these reasons, anesthesia can be very dangerous when an error has occurred. It can cause serious injury to the patient, or worse, even death. According to an informative article from the website of a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer, anesthesia errors are a form of medical malpractice, and those who are responsible may be held liable.

Common anesthesia errors

Medical malpractice can occur in many ways, but most of the time, it occurs because of the negligence of the medical party. Maybe they did not exercise reasonable care, did not have the level of skill that a reasonable professional should have, or did something that’s just totally wrong.

Below are the common errors involving anesthesia.

  • Administering anesthetics to a patient with allergies
  • Administering the wrong anesthesia
  • Failing to give proper instructions to the patient prior to the operation, such as eating and drinking restrictions
  • Failing to deliver anesthesia on time
  • Failing to monitor the patient’s oxygen level and vital signs
  • Giving too much or too little anesthesia
  • Improperly intubating the patient

Effects of anesthesia errors

Most of the time, patients and their families don’t really know the importance of anesthesiologists in surgery. They are just automatically putting their trusts in all of the medical professionals involved in the process. But they should at least be knowledgeable of the possible consequences of errors.

Here are the common complications and injuries that can result from an error involving anesthesia.

  • Allergic reactions
  • Anesthesia awareness
  • Brain damages due to lack of oxygen
  • Blood pressure issues
  • Coma and death
  • Confusion, dizziness, and nausea
  • Heart problems
  • Post-operation pain
  • Respiratory problems
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Tooth damage due to improper intubation

Aside from these physical injuries, anesthesia errors can also cause emotional and psychological damages like flashbacks, sleep disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, and phobia to doctors and medical facilities.

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Nursing Home Abuse in Illinois: A Cause for Alarm

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that over a million individuals live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities all over America. A huge portion of this population includes elderly adults that are vulnerable to different types of abuse.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, around one in every three nursing homes has received citations for some sort of violation against set federal standards for long-term care facilities and other similar institutions. Even more alarmingly, reports show that almost one out of every ten nursing homes received their citations for violations that were found to have caused particular danger for its residents.

The situation for nursing home residents in Illinois is becoming even more alarming due to recent developments in legislature. As reported by U.S. News and The State Journal-Register, earlier this year, lawmakers have introduced House Bill 5601, which would ban anonymous complaints regarding abuse or neglect in Illinois nursing homes. The bill hopes to discourage individuals from making false reports, but it also has the potential to discourage actual elderly victims from speaking out due to shame and fear of retribution from their abusers.

In such a climate, raising awareness about the abuses that continue to take place in nursing homes proves to be especially important. The on-going cases of neglect, physical abuse, financial exploitation, among other devastating scenarios, can no longer be ignored. Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg note the importance of pursuing these cases of abuse to help protect current and future victims alike.

Of course, protecting elderly residents from nursing home abuse will be an uphill battle. However, families who suspect that their loved ones are being hurt in the hands of their caregivers shouldn’t be afraid to speak out and pursue justice. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, do not hesitate to consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer to learn more about your legal options.

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