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Workplace Safety Rights Under OSHA for Young Workers in Des Moines

Young people have the right to work in a safe work environment. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, is the agency that regulates working conditions in America. Under OSHA, young workers in Des Moines have certain rights and there are specific health and safety standards by which employers are required to abide in order to prevent young workers from being injured or falling ill on the job.  The Importance of Safety Regulations for Teen Workers At the Protecting Young Workers from Workplace Violence Press Teleconference in June 2014, OSHA Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels provided a few facts that exemplify why safety is such a concern for young workers.  Every nine minutes, a U.S. ... Read More »

Do Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increases or decreases affect workers’ compensation in Des Moines?

In the state of Iowa, the statutes do not provide any cost of living adjustments (COLAs) on workers’ compensation benefits. If your benefits have been calculated correctly, they are not subject to change. This is why it’s so important to make sure you receive fair benefits in a workers’ comp settlement and to work with an attorney to help you secure the benefits to which you’re entitled.  However, if you are also receiving Social Security disability benefits, you might be affected by the annual COLA. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has the authority to provide COLA adjustments on Social Security benefits each calendar year.  COLA Basics  In 1972, Congress enacted the COLA provision to account for inflation. “The purpose of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is ... Read More »

Des Moines Workers Take Note: Latinos Workplace Injuries Rates Higher than Other Groups

Latino workplace injuries rates are higher than any other race or ethnicity in the United States. Alarmingly, the number of work-related fatalities amongst Latino workers is on the rise.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released an economic news report, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2013, which provided a statistical overview of work-related deaths last year. The number of overall fatal work injuries in America declined by six percent from the previous year. The number of Latinos who were fatally injured on the job, however, rose.  Latinos’ Incidence of On-the-Job Injuries At the National Action Summit for Latino Worker Health and Safety in 2010, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health John Howard, M.D. noted, “For much of the past ... Read More »

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