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Emergency Responder Injury Rate

March 29th, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Illinois workers comp attorney, Illinois worker compensation laws, Americans rely heavily on the speed, knowledge, and efficiency of emergency responders. Yet these government workers are often offered lower than expected wages. Further, a new study has found that they also have a higher than expected injury rate. Learn more about the risks associated with these all-too-common work injuries, and what you, as a victim, can do to protect the financial future of yourself and your family.

Understanding the Risks

Conducted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education, and the UCLA Labor Center, the recent study examined the salary and injury incidence of more than 16,000 emergency responders throughout the state. What they found was that salaries were far lower than expected, and the rate of injury was alarmingly high. Long shifts and stress were determined to be major contributing factories, but lower wages could also impact morale and may be at least partially responsible for the overall high risk of job injury. It should also be noted that EMT workers also had an alarmingly high rate of depression, suicidal ideation, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Mitigating the Risks

Legislation and advocacy are needed to raise the wages of EMT, but there are many ways that citizens, employers, and even employees, can help reduce the risk of injury. For example, employers could ensure that their employees and supervisors are following all regulations regarding sleeping schedules. Individuals can contact their government branches, asking for better protection for EMTs and other first-responders. Workers can employ healthy sleeping and eating practices to reduce their overall risk of injury. Assistance from a skilled therapist may also be helpful for those who are experiencing emotional injuries from their line of work.

When Injuries Happen

No matter how careful you try to be, no matter how hard you fight for something, accidents can and do happen. Thankfully, you do not have to face your injuries alone. Instead, you can contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help you navigate the complex and confusing process of filing a claim.

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we strive for the most favorable outcome in every case. Experienced and highly dedicated to protecting your rights, health, and financial future, our Chicago workers’ compensation attorney can assist with your case. Call 630-574-2288 and schedule a consultation with us today.

 

Source:

http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/EMS-Release.pdfemergency-responder

Illinois Bill Proposes Same Pay and Benefits for Temp Workers

March 15th, 2017 at 11:31 am

Illinois workers attorney, Illinois workers comp lawyer, Small businesses and family run businesses have exploded over the last couple of years. In many ways, that is a wonderful thing. There is one caveat though: small businesses often turn to temp workers when they are not quite ready to hire new employees but need some extra help. Since temp workers do not often receive the same pay or benefits (including access to workers’ compensation), this can place temps and their families at risk. A newly introduced bill is hoping to change all of that.

The Responsible Job Creation Act

Expected to improve the benefits and working conditions for nearly one million temp workers throughout the state of Illinois, the Responsible Job Creation Act could introduce as many as 30 new types of worker protection. This would include equal pay for direct hires, improved safety provisions, measures to protect them from discrimination, and protection from retaliation when they file a complaint or suit against the business. It was sponsored by State Representative Carol Ammons and is being pushed by the Chicago Workers’ Collaborative (CWC) and Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ).

How the Act Would Improve Working Conditions

Although temporary workers are supposed to be short-term, many end up working the same hours and often longer duration than some of the company’s direct hires. Yet they are often paid less than direct hires and are unable to receive promotions. Those who suffer discrimination or abuse in the workplace also struggle to prove their case; they also run the risk of losing their position if they speak out against an employer or its employees.

Safety is yet another serious concern for temporary workers. Many are not adequately trained, and if they are injured, they may be unable to pursue compensation from the employer through workers’ compensation. Add in their lack of health insurance benefits and there is a serious risk for financial devastation among temporary workers.

Because temporary employees would be provided the same benefits as direct hires, and because the employer knows they must offer workers’ compensation to those who are injured, they may be far more likely to ensure temp workers are adequately trained for the jobs they are given. This could potentially improve safety on the job and reduce their overall risk of injury (which is notably higher than it is for direct hire employees).

Injured as a Temp? You May Still Have Options

Despite what you may have told, there are options that allow at least some temp workers the ability to pursue compensation after an injury on the job. It is not traditional and is considered a highly complex matter, but the opportunity is still there. The Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio can examine your case and help you navigate the process. Schedule a consultation with our Chicago workers’ compensation attorney to learn more. Call 630-574-2288 today.

 

Source:

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19885/illinois_bill_would_give_temp_workers_equal_pay_and_rights_as_direct_hires

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