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Is your boss 'stealing' your wages?

Money flying away2.jpegCalifornia has some of the toughest laws in the nation when it comes to protecting workers and making sure they get paid for the work they do. Unfortunately, despite these laws, some employers continue to skirt the rules by trying to pay workers less than they deserve - and less than they are entitled to under the law.

This is wage theft, plain and simple; and even though it is illegal, it occurs far more often than many people know. In, fact according to a report issued by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) last month, wage theft due to minimum wage violations alone likely exceeds $15 billion every year.

Are employers retaliating against immigrant workers who report work-related injuries?

deportation2.jpegAccording to a recent report by WBUR News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents detained a 37-year-old injured construction worker when he went to meet with his employer to discuss potential injury benefits - benefits the employer was supposedly offering to help the worker's family while he was recovering from his injury.

While attorneys for the injured worker still don't know whether the employer arranged for this arrest, they claim that the employer had no workers' comp coverage on the day of the worker's injury.

Report: Tesla factory workers complain of long hours, stress and serious injuries

Dubbed the "factory of the future", a new report claims many of the workers at the Tesla automobile factory in California are now complaining about grueling hours, unrealistic production goals and often life-threatening injuries.

As recently reported by the Guardian, hundreds of ambulances have been called to the factory for worker-related injuries and other medical issues over the last several years, including more than 100 ambulances for workers experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, abnormal breathing, seizures and chest pains.

Is workers' comp my only option following an on-the-job injury?

construction cartoon2.jpgSuffering a work-related injury can be devastating. In one fell swoop, you may be left unable to work and facing extensive medical treatment/rehabilitation. And, without a paycheck coming in, paying your bills is easier said than done.

Fortunately, injured workers in California may have legal options available to help cover their medical bills and lost wages, including workers' compensation benefits. However, one question our clients often have is whether workers' compensation is their only legal option following an on-the-job injury. The answer: it depends.

5 reasons why you should speak with an estate-planning attorney

estate planning2.jpegMany people don't think estate planning is something they need to do, often justifying their decision by claiming they are too young or simply don't own many assets. However, regardless of your age or net worth, the truth is that you never truly know what will happen in the future, which is why you should at least consider putting a comprehensive estate plan in place.

In fact, there are several benefits to establishing an estate plan, including:

Will "sanctuary cities" lose federal funding over immigration?

In recent weeks, the battle over immigration enforcement in so-called "sanctuary cities" has been escalating.

In fact, according to a recent report by the New York Post, Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General, recently warned that the current administration will take steps to withhold federal law enforcement grants from cities that do not cooperate with immigration authorities. This threatened move could potentially impact roughly 300 jurisdictions nationwide, including the California cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, among others.

Hurt at work? Denied the care you need? You are not alone.

work injury claim2.jpgIt's a scenario that all workers dread: suffering a serious on-the-job injury and being denied the care they need. While workers' comp is supposed to help these injured workers, the truth is that many are having their surgeries and other necessary procedures denied, despite their doctors' recommendations.

According to a recent KCRW investigative story, many of these denied workers are simply victims of legal "reforms" made to the California workers' compensation system in 2012 -- reforms that were supposed to weed out fraud, but now may be having unintended consequences on legitimately injured workers.

Is Aliso Canyon leak still causing medical issues in Porter Ranch?

breathing problem2.jpgA little over a year ago, the largest methane leak in U.S. history, which took place at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, was finally capped - marking the end of a four-month struggle in which Porter Ranch residents had to endure displacement and a wide range of medical issues.

Sadly, even though the leak was taken care of last February, many residents are still experiencing serious health problems today. In fact, according to a report by CBS Los Angeles, dozens of Porter Ranch residents recently outlined many of the symptoms and ailments they are currently suffering from at a neighborhood council meeting.

CDC Report: Deaths linked to mesothelioma are actually rising

asbestos2.jpgAccording to a report recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of deaths associated with malignant mesothelioma increased nearly 5 percent from 1999 to 2015, jumping from 2,479 to 2,597. In total, there were 45,221 death certificates issued during this 16-year period in which malignant mesothelioma was listed as either the underlying cause or the contributing cause of death.

What is particularly troubling about these cases of mesothelioma - a form of cancer typically caused by exposure to asbestos - is that they are increasing despite the fact that asbestos use has declined sharply over the last several decades.

Why was your workers' comp claim denied?

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While some employers go to great lengths to make sure their employees are taken care of following workplace injuries, many other employers sadly don't seem to care at all.

In fact, some businesses are simply more concerned with their bottom line than the well-being of their workers - meaning they may not be very helpful if you are injured on-the-job and subsequently seek workers' compensation benefits. In some instances, they may even attempt to throw various obstacles in your path and make accusations detrimental to your claim, including:

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