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CA workers rights lawyerIn any job, there are hazards you may encounter in fulfilling certain tasks that could put you at risk for accidents and injuries. Some job fields and occupations are inherently more dangerous than others, and it is important for employees in these situations to be aware of their rights. Employment laws in California require that certain safety standards be met and provide a clear path for workers to voice their concerns or complaints.

Your Rights on the Job

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the national agency responsible for ensuring job standards and protecting workers. They require employers to provide a workplace free of certain hazardous substances while regulating safety practices.

OSHA conducts routine inspections, provides educational workshops, and may cite employers for failing to adhere to the proper standards. They also require employers to post public notices informing workers of their rights, which include:

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San Jose employment law attorneys, workers' compensation claim, workplace retaliation, OSHA rules, employee protectionOn-the-job injuries can happen in any occupation. When they do, workers’ compensation benefits can provide a lifeline for employees during their recovery. Unfortunately, some employers may try to discourage their workers from filing claims, try to dispute the injury or how it occurred, or may engage in workplace retaliation as a result. In these situations, knowing your rights under the law can protect you in your current job, and may help prevent long term losses associated with any lasting disabilities you suffer.

Your Rights to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workers compensation is a federally mandated program that acts as a form of insurance. Administered through the Department of Industrial Relations, the California workers’ compensation program provides important benefits, which are available to workers who suffer on-the-job accidents and injuries or occupational illnesses as the result of exposure to toxic substances or other conditions in the workplace. Benefits available include:

  • Reimbursement for lost wages during recovery;
  • Coverage of medical expenses, including diagnostic testing, treatments, follow up visits, and medications associated with the injury or illness; and
  • Compensation for any temporary or permanent disabilities the worker suffers as a result of his or her condition.

Employees are entitled to receive benefits regardless of who was at fault for their accident, injuries, or illness. In exchange, they are generally prevented from filing a lawsuit against the employer. California law dictates that even if you are the only employee of the company, the owner must provide coverage.

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