Construction workers, including those in California, are at higher risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder than are all other workers combined. So says a recent study by the Center for Construction Research and Training.
Construction workers in California run a substantial risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury while at work. This is because they often are required to perform their jobs while on roofs, scaffolding, tall ladders, etc., and they are at risk of falling from such high places. The Mayo Clinic states that falls are the most common cause of TBIs.
Many workers in California are too trusting of their employers. They believe their bosses have a good understanding of state and federal employment laws. However, many employers do not stay on top of the changes in these laws. As a result, some employers routinely violate these laws.
As a construction worker in California, you are most likely aware that you risk your life every day on building or road projects. The construction industry is one of the most dangerous professions in America, regardless of the safety precautions you take on a daily basis.
There may come a moment in a Californian's life where they need to take extended time off of work, be it for family or health reasons. Fortunately, there is an act that allows you to get that time off without fearing job loss. It's called the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA. The Law Offices of Mauro Fiore JR., are here to step in and help if you feel that your protection under this act has been violated.
This is the second part of a two-part blog on the difference between an independent contractor and employee in California. When you understand the distinction, you are in a better position to understand your rights as a worker. At the Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr., we know the finer points of the law and how California’s laws are designed to protect individual workers.
Even when you are classified as an independent contract in California, you may actually be an employee of the organization or company where you work. Often the distinction between independent contractors and employees is not as clear you may think, regardless of the contract you entered into or the way you are paid. At the Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr., we understand your rights and the obligations of employers under California law.
California workers like you need to be careful when reading over details of contracts before you get a job. We at the Law Offices of Mauro Fiore Jr. will use noncompete agreements as an example, as these agreements have the potential of hurting your future job prospects before you even leave your current job.
California employees who "whistleblow" essentially call out their employers for practices that go against the law or are unethical in some way. While something like this should be applauded, it unfortunately can be met with retribution or actions against you that can make your time at work miserable and difficult.
California workers like you don't have control over the actions or words of your bosses or coworkers. This can sometimes result in discrimination. The Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, JR. are dedicated to protecting you from discriminatory practices or actions while you're at your job.