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Does it matter who is at fault in a slip and fall accident?

Slip and fall accidents may seem minor, but for older adults, young children or adults who have had serious injuries in the past, these accidents could result in permanent medical conditions.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident at the hands of a negligent party, you should seek justice for the pain and suffering this carelessness has caused. However, it’s important to be sure that you are properly prepared to defend these types of cases well.

The Family Medical Leave Act and employer suspicions of abuse

Most employees would never think of abusing a request for leave. However, that doesn't necessarily stop employers from being suspicious of a request.

Some employers assume that the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is misused more often than not. They may even make it as difficult as possible for employees to exercise their rights to emergency leave. Here are some of the employer tactic for preventing leave that you need to anticipate:

Examples of quid pro quo harassment

Unlike a hostile work environment, which can involve co-workers and pretty much anyone at work, another type of sexual harassment only comes from above -- it involves someone in a position of power over others at work.

In quid pro quo harassment, a person in some kind of supervisory or management position subjects an employee under his or her authority to unwanted sexual behavior in exchange for some benefit on the job. Essentially, the person in authority is offering to trade his or her ability to improve the harassed employee's position for sexual favors of some kind.

Is workplace bullying the same as retaliation?

Workplace bullies are everywhere. They're often your co-workers -- not just your managers. A bully at work can make your entire day miserable, leave you with a shaken sense of self-worth and erode your confidence in your own abilities.

However, is bullying the same as retaliation? Sometimes it is.

Go into your unemployment hearing prepared

An unemployment hearing is a very big deal because the outcome essentially decides your future for a while. That makes it important to walk into the situation ready to address all the issues and answer all the questions you may be asked.

In other words, you need to be prepared. This isn't the time to simply "wing it" and hope for the best. What's the best way to prepare for your hearing?

Understand family medical leave before a crisis happens

What sort of leave policy does your employer have if one of your immediate family members suddenly takes ill? It's the sort of question that nobody likes to contemplate, which is why many employees don't have any idea what their employer's general policies are until it happens.

Putting off learning about your options can be a big mistake. When you're in the midst of a crisis, it isn't easy to evaluate your options or think clearly about what's best for you.

Pennsylvania consistently top 10 in car fatalities

The National Safety Council (NSC) makes it their duty to remind citizens of the dangerous motor vehicle accidents they could get in. One of their most effective strategies is to compile the data of all U.S. vehicle fatalities in each state at the end of the year. They place the dossier next to recordings of previous years. This helps determine which states have higher accident rates and which states saw an increase or decrease in the previous year.

The NSC’s 2017 Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates show that there were over 40,000 deaths for the second year in a row. While several states had lower amounts than 2016, the overall total was not down by much.

What decides Pennsylvania unemployment compensation eligibility?

The nation's economy has rebounded, and unemployment numbers have dropped. In fact, in May, the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 4.5 percent - the lowest it's been in more than a decade.

Still, that translates to a lot of people needing unemployment assistance. Despite the strong economy, select industries are struggling and being forced to lay off employees. Terminations also occur for reasons that aren't the employee's fault.

Men deal with sexual harassment in the workplace, too

A group of people that often are overlooked when discussing sexual harassment is men. Men face sexual harassment frequently, but they may not feel as comfortable seeking help.

It's normal for employers, coworkers and employees to feel they have to appear strong and masculine, but the reality is that harassment is harmful to men and women alike. A workplace that is tolerant of any kind of harassment is only encouraging more people to suffer.

Understanding your right to protected leave from your job

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows those who work for covered employers to take job-protected, unpaid leave when certain medical and family reasons arise. During the leave, group health coverage continues as if the individual was still on the job, which is ideal for situations in which parents have adopted, someone is off work for medical leave or when someone takes time off to give birth or welcome a new baby into the family.

According to the FMLA, employers are not allowed to interfere with your right to exercise your FMLA rights. Employers aren't legally allowed to retaliate against employees who exercise their FMLA rights and can't discriminate based on a prospective employee or current employee's use of the FMLA's guaranteed rights.