On the third Monday in April, Massachusetts and Maine celebrate Patriot’s Day, a holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. The date is also traditionally the date of the Boston Marathon, causing the holiday to be called “Marathon Monday” by many Bostonians.
Pond Lehocky believes that every worker should know their rights in the workplace and their workers’ compensation protections, should they ever be injured on the job. However, it is our hope that employers do their best to ensure that every work environment is safe and secure for each of its employees.
The Philadelphia Phillies opened the 2014 season at home on April 8, 2014. Though the Phils fell to the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4, the park was filled with energy and excitement about the season. To see photos from the game, please click here.
General Motors informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week that it would recall more than 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. that may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist. GM says drivers will know if the electric power steering system fails because a chime and dashboard message will appear. The car can be steered without power assist, but it can require a lot more muscle to turn the wheel, especially at low speeds. Because of the difficulty, the car could be more susceptible to a crash.
It's no secret to many of our clients that the Social Security Administration has been suffering from serious deficiencies in customer service for quite some time. Over the past several years, the Administration's total staff has shrunk dramatically, leading to significant cutbacks in customer service. Budget shortages have prevented replacing lost staff as well as taking steps to repair many of these issues.
Despite the fact that the Social Security Disability Insurance ("SSDI") program is an insurance policy purchased by every working American with 6.2% deduction of each paycheck, Congress and the mainstream media have been attacking it as an "entitlement program." Pieces on 60 Minutes and NPR have declared SSDI "a secret welfare system...ravaged by waste and fraud." At Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, we take particular offense to these reports, not only because they are based on anecdotal evidence rather than fact, but also because they are extremely damaging to our clients and to the integrity of the system.
As was discussed on our blog previously in December (“Understanding the Affordable Care Act”), Obamacare can provide our clients and the estimated 48 million Americans without health coverage with a critical option for medical insurance. With the March 31, 2014 deadline to enroll or face possible tax penalties fast approaching, Pond Lehocky wanted to provide you with some additional information, news articles, and resources about Obamacare.
The details of workers’ compensation claims vary from case to case, but one common thread among them is that injuries sustained by workers are severe enough to keep them from performing their routine job duties. To ensure that each claimant is being completely truthful with his or her claim, insurance companies will often send investigators to observe the daily behavior of the injured worker. If the investigator finds that a construction worker who has injured his hand on the job is operating machinery on a job site after filing a claim, for example, some serious consequences could result.
With the often brutal winter conditions that come with this time of year, everyone knows the importance of keeping warm. This is especially crucial for those who work outside and are exposed to the brunt of the cold weather.
It is possible to receive Social Security disability and workers’ compensation benefits at the same time. However, workers’ compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce Social Security disability benefits.
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