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What are the common causes of truck accidents?

Despite numerous safety upgrades for semi-trucks and cars in the last decade, more and more drivers have been killed in truck accidents over the last few years. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the number of drivers who died in large truck crashes was 30 percent higher in 2017 than in 2009.

Also, the IIHS reported that truck occupants also are increasing losing their lives in large truck crashes, with 34 percent more deaths since 2009. So, what is causing this increase in large truck accidents?

Building a case to prove employer retaliation

No one should ever be made to feel guilty, alienated or punished as the result of making a complaint or engaging in whistleblowing in the workplace. This is why Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws protect employees from retaliation at work. If you believe that you are being retaliated against, it is very likely that you will be able to take successful legal action.

However, in order to be successful when making a claim, you will need to have the appropriate evidence of retaliation. You should start recording information so that you can provide evidence as soon as you suspect that retaliation is taking place. The following are some ways in which you can do this.

Common ATV problems Pennsylvanians face in the summer

Summer is the prime season for ATV enthusiasts to take their rides out for a spin. They don’t have to worry about snow, leaves or ice as they speed across private property or state designated trails under the sun.

While it may be the most thrilling and rewarding time of the year for ATV owners, it’s also one of the most dangerous. Pennsylvania has the second highest amount of reported ATV-related deaths behind Texas. If riders remain unaware of the frequent problems that took the lives of so many others, then they risk suffering from a serious or fatal injury next time they take their four or three wheeled vehicles out of the garage.

Does the media inaccurately portray female sexual harassment?

The common assumption with sexual harassment is that male supervisors will harass female workers who are at a lower position in the company. Perhaps the most common example is a male CEO and his female secretary.

This isn't to take away from the validity of those cases at all, but things can happen the other way around. After all, sexual harassment often just hinges on who has the power in the relationship. If it's a woman who is in a position of power over a man, she can potentially harass her subordinate in the same way.

What are my maternity leave options in Pennsylvania?

Pregnancy and motherhood is a very special time that can be both overwhelming and a wonderful experience. More women than ever are choosing to remain in the workplace after they become parents. Due to this, many expectant mothers have questions and concerns relating to the maternity leave rights that they have.

If you are eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave in Pennsylvania, you will be able to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave due to your pregnancy. This leave will be protected from retaliation. This means that you will be legally protected from any type of negative action taken against you by your employer as a result of taking the leave.

Security officer dismissed following sexual harassment complaint

A 25-year veteran security officer at the Pennsylvania Senate was just recently fired due to what her bosses have described as conduct that "has been quite problematic."

Curiously enough, her dismissal comes six months after the officer sued officials in the Senate for tolerating a culture that permitted sexual harassment on the job -- and just two months after she was summarily told to turn in her badge and escorted from the premises.

Displaced Pennsylvania workers seeking unemployment compensation

Unemployment compensation is just one of the areas of interest for nearly 1,000 employees of a Snyder County company who went to work one morning

only to be told their plant was being closed immediately and that they were out of jobs that day.

Signs of retaliatory action at work

If you have recently been fired, you will know how scary and alienating this can be. As well as being worried about where your next paycheck will come from, you may be suffering from a lack of self-esteem, and wonder why you were fired and not other co-workers.

In the absence of a contractual work agreement, many employees can be fired "at-will". This means that employers can fire an employee without giving a reason. However, the fact that they do not need to state a reason does not mean that an employer can fire a worker as a form of retaliation. If you believe that your firing was a result of retaliation, it is important that you understand some of the common signs of retaliation in the workplace.

Avoid these common mistakes after an auto accident

An accident can be a disorienting experience for those involved. Whether due to shock or to fear, many people make mistakes when handling the aftermath of an auto accident.

These are some of the most common mistakes that people make. Avoiding them can help protect you from an unfavorable, unfair or overly complicated claims process.

Can I take leave to care for my unwell child?

Some things will always be more important than your career or financial income. One of these things is the health of your child. If your child is unwell for a significant period of time, it is likely that you will want to take time off in order to care for them. This care may be in the form of tending to their needs at home. Additionally, you may be required to attend hospital visits and surgeries with them.

You will be entitled to job-protected unpaid leave to care for your child if you are a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) eligible employee. It is important that you verify whether you are FMLA-eligible in advance of taking leave so that you can enforce your rights when necessary.