First responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders have been given new rights regarding workers' compensation benefits in California. Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 542, which creates a rebuttable presumption that a first responder's PTSD or similar mental health disorder is job-related.
The state of California wants to change the way "gig" workers are regarded. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a law that could require many companies to classify more workers as employees instead of independent contractors. However, the law is largely designed to affect companies like Lyft and Uber.
Working construction is dangerous -- but working roadside construction can seem doubly so. Not only do you have to worry about the ordinary hazards of a construction job -- like cave-ins and falling equipment -- but you have to worry about all the passing motorists moving around the site.
If you were injured on the job, it seems like you should be able to get through the workers' compensation system without having to hire an attorney -- but looks, as you probably know -- can often be deceiving.
Insurance companies who cover workers' compensation medical claims in California have reduced their costs yet again -- but that's not necessarily a good thing for the injured workers the system is supposed to serve.
Migrant and seasonal farmworkers are part of the backbone of California's economy -- and many of those workers are immigrants. While many states (about half) don't provide workers' compensation protection for seasonal agricultural workers, California does -- even to immigrants.
Police officers, firefighters and other first responders are often confronted with terrifying situations and horrifying scenes involving injured people. Ultimately, exposure to that kind of trauma can have a negative psychological effect on first responders that leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental conditions like anxiety and depression.
Most residents of Stockton understand that they have rights to disability benefits under California's workers compensation program and under the federal Social Security Disability Benefits insurance. However, the differences between the two programs are significant, and understanding these differences can be the key to obtaining the maximum amount of benefits.
After suffering a workplace injury, illness or condition in Stockton and throughout California, the workers' compensation benefits process can be both intimidating and confusing. There are various aspects that should be understood from the start. One is how restrictions factor in. Workers who can get back to work for their employer after the injury should be aware that there are certain requirements based on whether they are deemed able to work with or without restrictions.
One of the most important terms in California employment law is "independent contractor." Many laws that require employers to provide certain benefits frequently contain exceptions for workers who are "independent contractors." Hence, many businesses try to classify their workers as independent contractors to avoid the cost of mandatory benefits. Two of the most important benefits that can be avoided by calling a worker an independent contractor are workers' compensation coverage and mandatory overtime pay. Many Stockton businessmen operate on the mistaken assumption that they can avoid providing benefits by simply labelling an employee or group of employees as independent contractors. In April, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion that provides a clear definition of independent contractor, and the effects of this ruling are now hitting the marketplace.