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Workers' compensation laws under threat in many states: Part II

Last week, we began a conversation about a troubling trend seen in parts of the United States. Although workers' rights activists have fought to implement and maintain workers' compensation programs for much of the past century, these programs are being abandoned in some states to be replaced by company-sponsored alternatives that provide far less protection and coverage.

Workers' compensation laws under threat in many states: Part I

Most people don’t realize that workers' compensation in the United States has only been around for about 100 years. Major industrial accidents and devastating fires at the beginning of the 20th century led workers and activists to demand safer workplaces and compensation for on-the-job injuries.

Can I sue my employer for a workplace injury?

Workplace injury can have a tremendous impact on a worker’s life, in terms of finances, money, family life—really in every area. The more serious the injury, of course, the more serious the impact. Fortunately, workers’ compensation can provide much needed support for an injured worker. That being said, workers’ compensation isn’t always adequate when it comes to providing a remedy to workplace injury.

Temperatures still high in California; outdoor workers at risk

Although fall is almost here, California is still experiencing high temperatures much of the time. While this hot weather seemingly exacerbates the effects of the forest fires and drought plaguing parts of the state, the temperatures also pose a threat to workers who primarily work outdoors.

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