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January 2015 Archives

What happens to PTO when I leave a job?

If you have a job that allows you to save up vacation benefits, you might want to be careful when considering a move or change of employment if you want to cash those benefits out. Here are a few things to consider to make sure you are able to cash out your PTO before leaving a job.

Can I be given an experimental treatment without my consent?

Western medicine, both in the U.S. and abroad, has a dark history of experimenting with medical treatments and procedures on people without their consent. In most cases, the people being experimented on were disadvantaged or captive in some way, like individuals in mental institutions (Barrett v. State of New York, 378 N.Y.S.2d 946), black men used in the Tuskegee experiments, infants in the NICU (Burton v. Brooklyn Doctors Hospital, 452 N.Y.S.2d 875), and Jews in German concentration camps.

Do I have to pay tax on a personal injury settlement?

Most personal injury cases don't go to trial. That means that in most cases, the injured party receives a settlement, or payout, from the party that they believe caused them harm. This money is paid out to compensate the injured for medical bills, hospital stays, lost wages, and other hard costs of their injury.

How do I get around a non-compete agreement?

A non-compete agreement can limit your ability to find work after leaving a previous employer. Sometimes, these agreements are so restrictive it makes quitting a bad work situation impossible. If you ignore a non-compete agreement, you run the risk of getting sued or fired from your new job. So how do you get out of a bad job if you have a non-compete agreement?

What if my injury is my employer's fault?

When an injury takes away your independence, mobility, or your ability to function, it's frustrating. When someone else causes the injury, it can be infuriating. When you believe your employer is to blame, either through negligence or because you believe they intended to harm you, it's devastating.

What is a certificate of merit and why do I need one?

A certificate of merit is the result of medical malpractice tort reform. Tort reforms are laws that aim to reduce the number of frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits that clog the courts and raise insurance premiums for medical professionals. The certificate of merit has to be sent to each defendant named in the case 30 days before a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed. Plaintiffs must obtain a separate certificate of merit for each individual named in the lawsuit.

Can my Employer Increase my Workload Without Giving me a Raise or a Promotion?

When you accept a job, you are generally accepting it based on the terms and conditions that were described to you in the interview. If you signed a contract, these terms and conditions were most likely part of that contract. It may include your scope of work, your hours, the location where you will work, and the pay and benefits of your position.