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Former Alfred Angelo workers claims violation of employee rights

Employees of large companies nationwide, including in California, are protected from unanticipated dismissals due to plants closing or mass layoffs. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act is a federal labor law that protects employees of companies that have at least 100 employees. These employers are obligated to provide employees with 60 days' advance notification of any intentions to cease business in order not to violate their employee rights.

It is under this act that a former Alfred Angelo employee recently filed a lawsuit claiming the company violated the employee rights of 248 workers who lost their jobs when the business closed in July. On July 14, the international wedding dress chain, Alfred Angelo, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. On July 13, employees were informed that the business would be closing the next day.

Are you getting a fair break at work?

For many people, taking a break is a necessary relief from the stress of the workday. Whether the break is 5, 30 or 60 minutes, you should not have to worry about working during that time or otherwise catering to your employer when you are off the clock. Unfortunately, however, this is a common occurrence. It happens in industrial environments, offices and other types of workplaces.

According to The Balance, the Department of Labor does not impose any laws regarding breaks, which means that it is typically a state-specific issue. If you are working through breaks and not getting payment for it, these are a few things you should be aware of.

4 warehouse hazards that cause injuries and fatalities

Warehouse employees do a lot of hard work. Not only are warehousing tasks physically demanding, but they come with a unique risk of severe injuries and death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the warehousing industry has a higher rate of fatal injuries than the national average across all industries. 

If you or someone you know works in a warehouse, it is important to understand the causes of these injuries. Keep reading for an overview of the top workplace hazards facing warehouse workers.

Fatal workplace accidents more prevalent with age

Figures released by the Associated Press after an analysis done of federal statistics of occupational fatalities nationwide reveal that the overall work-related death rate in 2015 showed a decrease when compared to previous years. However, deaths in workplace accidents among workers over the age of 55 were considerably higher than in prior years. In California, the rate for older worker fatalities was 60 percent more than for workers overall.

The trend is attributed to the fact that baby boomers tend to continue working past the age of traditional retirement. An estimate by the U.S. Government indicates that, in seven year's time,  one-quarter of the national workforce will be comprised of older workers. An epidemiologist says workplace injuries can be more severe if suffered by older workers due to the physical changes that are typical during the aging process. An injury that might not be particularly serious for a young worker may be fatal for an older worker.

Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers To Protect Workers From Heat

Working outdoors in California during the summer can be more than uncomfortable - it can be dangerous, even fatal. Our state has numerous occupations that do not take time off just because the temperature rises. Having to maintain productivity outdoors when the temperature climbs into the triple digits puts workers at risk of dehydration, heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses that can cause serious injuries or death.

Some of the types of workers who are especially at risk due to high temperatures include:

  • Agricultural workers
  • Landscapers
  • Construction workers
  • Road workers

Study: Fatal work accidents far more common among older adults

A recent analysis by the Associated Press found that older workers are making up a growing proportion of the total workforce -- and also that they're at much higher risk for fatal workplace accidents. Are they more accident prone, more vulnerable, both or neither?

Before we answer that question, it's important not to assume that a higher fatal accident rate among older workers is a reason to keep them from working. That's discrimination. The fact that a group has a higher rate of something says nothing about any individual's ability or right to work.

3 things injured company drivers should know

Employees whose primary job duty is driving may find themselves in a gray area of sorts when they suffer an injury. Because you do not work at a fixed job site and because you are often under supervision, you might wonder how to go about dealing with an injury that results from an auto collision or other incident. There are a few things that every company driver should know if they are in such a situation.

According to the United States Department of Labor, more than 1,750 deaths result from occupational transportation accidents each year. The following are three particularly important considerations to keep in mind after you sustain an injury while driving on the clock.

3 common workplace hazards for janitors

Custodial jobs may look simple to others, but injuries are fairly common for janitors and building cleaners. There are various safety hazards and repetitive motions that can result in mild to severe injuries. If you are in a custodial occupation, you know that it can be hard - and sometimes dangerous - work.

Your job duties and equipment make you susceptible to certain injuries on the job. Here are three of the most common types of janitorial injuries, with information from the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service.

Fatal work accident leads to accusations of lack of training

The death of a Sacramento Goodwill worker last year has lead to a widening investigation and accusations that insufficient worker training contributed to the death.

Abraham Nicholas Garza was killed when he was crushed between a bin and compactor that he was helping align. Mr. Garza has only been employed at Goodwill for a month before the accident. Other workers allege that the accident could easily have been avoided if he had been properly trained.

Increases to workers’ compensation disability rates welcomed

Every injured worker knows the sting of lost income. Trying to make ends meet is often hard enough before an accident causes a person to have to rely on disability benefits through the workers’ compensations system. This makes it important that the rates those benefits are based on reflect the realities that individuals and families are facing.

Recently, the maximum available benefits for temporary total disability (TTD) and permanent total disability (PTD) were increased to $1,172.57 per week. This increase is due to the fact that the California state average weekly wage (SAWW) last year increased by 3.6 percent to $1,206.92. California state law requires that TTD and PTD rates increase as the SAWW increases.

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Former Alfred Angelo workers claims violation of employee rights

Employees of large companies nationwide, including in California, are protected from unanticipated dismissals due to plants closing or mass layoffs. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act is a federal labor law that protects employees of companies that have at least 100 employees. These employers are obligated to provide employees with 60 days' advance notification of any intentions to cease business in order not to violate their employee rights.

It is under this act that a former Alfred Angelo employee recently filed a lawsuit claiming the company violated the employee rights of 248 workers who lost their jobs when the business closed in July. On July 14, the international wedding dress chain, Alfred Angelo, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. On July 13, employees were informed that the business would be closing the next day.

Are you getting a fair break at work?

For many people, taking a break is a necessary relief from the stress of the workday. Whether the break is 5, 30 or 60 minutes, you should not have to worry about working during that time or otherwise catering to your employer when you are off the clock. Unfortunately, however, this is a common occurrence. It happens in industrial environments, offices and other types of workplaces.

According to The Balance, the Department of Labor does not impose any laws regarding breaks, which means that it is typically a state-specific issue. If you are working through breaks and not getting payment for it, these are a few things you should be aware of.

4 warehouse hazards that cause injuries and fatalities

Warehouse employees do a lot of hard work. Not only are warehousing tasks physically demanding, but they come with a unique risk of severe injuries and death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the warehousing industry has a higher rate of fatal injuries than the national average across all industries. 

If you or someone you know works in a warehouse, it is important to understand the causes of these injuries. Keep reading for an overview of the top workplace hazards facing warehouse workers.

Fatal workplace accidents more prevalent with age

Figures released by the Associated Press after an analysis done of federal statistics of occupational fatalities nationwide reveal that the overall work-related death rate in 2015 showed a decrease when compared to previous years. However, deaths in workplace accidents among workers over the age of 55 were considerably higher than in prior years. In California, the rate for older worker fatalities was 60 percent more than for workers overall.

The trend is attributed to the fact that baby boomers tend to continue working past the age of traditional retirement. An estimate by the U.S. Government indicates that, in seven year's time,  one-quarter of the national workforce will be comprised of older workers. An epidemiologist says workplace injuries can be more severe if suffered by older workers due to the physical changes that are typical during the aging process. An injury that might not be particularly serious for a young worker may be fatal for an older worker.

Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers To Protect Workers From Heat

Working outdoors in California during the summer can be more than uncomfortable - it can be dangerous, even fatal. Our state has numerous occupations that do not take time off just because the temperature rises. Having to maintain productivity outdoors when the temperature climbs into the triple digits puts workers at risk of dehydration, heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses that can cause serious injuries or death.

Some of the types of workers who are especially at risk due to high temperatures include:

  • Agricultural workers
  • Landscapers
  • Construction workers
  • Road workers

Study: Fatal work accidents far more common among older adults

A recent analysis by the Associated Press found that older workers are making up a growing proportion of the total workforce -- and also that they're at much higher risk for fatal workplace accidents. Are they more accident prone, more vulnerable, both or neither?

Before we answer that question, it's important not to assume that a higher fatal accident rate among older workers is a reason to keep them from working. That's discrimination. The fact that a group has a higher rate of something says nothing about any individual's ability or right to work.

3 things injured company drivers should know

Employees whose primary job duty is driving may find themselves in a gray area of sorts when they suffer an injury. Because you do not work at a fixed job site and because you are often under supervision, you might wonder how to go about dealing with an injury that results from an auto collision or other incident. There are a few things that every company driver should know if they are in such a situation.

According to the United States Department of Labor, more than 1,750 deaths result from occupational transportation accidents each year. The following are three particularly important considerations to keep in mind after you sustain an injury while driving on the clock.

3 common workplace hazards for janitors

Custodial jobs may look simple to others, but injuries are fairly common for janitors and building cleaners. There are various safety hazards and repetitive motions that can result in mild to severe injuries. If you are in a custodial occupation, you know that it can be hard - and sometimes dangerous - work.

Your job duties and equipment make you susceptible to certain injuries on the job. Here are three of the most common types of janitorial injuries, with information from the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service.

Fatal work accident leads to accusations of lack of training

The death of a Sacramento Goodwill worker last year has lead to a widening investigation and accusations that insufficient worker training contributed to the death.

Abraham Nicholas Garza was killed when he was crushed between a bin and compactor that he was helping align. Mr. Garza has only been employed at Goodwill for a month before the accident. Other workers allege that the accident could easily have been avoided if he had been properly trained.

Increases to workers’ compensation disability rates welcomed

Every injured worker knows the sting of lost income. Trying to make ends meet is often hard enough before an accident causes a person to have to rely on disability benefits through the workers’ compensations system. This makes it important that the rates those benefits are based on reflect the realities that individuals and families are facing.

Recently, the maximum available benefits for temporary total disability (TTD) and permanent total disability (PTD) were increased to $1,172.57 per week. This increase is due to the fact that the California state average weekly wage (SAWW) last year increased by 3.6 percent to $1,206.92. California state law requires that TTD and PTD rates increase as the SAWW increases.

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Suite 260
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Phone: 312-445-9111
Fax: 213-788-4450
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