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February 2018 Archives

DOL considering changing rules for distribution of pooled tips

The U.S. Department of Labor is considering an important rule change. It is mostly geared toward expanding the group of people who could participate in tip-sharing pools, but it could have a surprising secondary effect. If passed as currently written, it would allow employers to simply keep all tips received.

Study: Drowsy driving may cause far more crashes than thought

Federal estimates have indicated that drowsiness plays a role in about 1 to 2 percent of traffic crashes. Now, however, a naturalistic study of over 700 wrecks has shown drowsiness to be a much more important factor. It appears to be responsible for between 9.5 and 10.8 percent of crashes.

Which type of employment discrimination complaint is most common?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced its results from Fiscal Year 2017, which ended on Sept. 30 of last year. It received 84,254 charges of discrimination last year and resolved 99,109 -- reducing its overall workload by 16.2 percent. It also handled over 540,000 inquiries on its toll-free number and another 155,000 at its field offices.

Was your work injury actually caused by a labor law violation?

A work-related injury, no matter how serious, can affect your life. You could be left with medical bills or even the inability to continue working due to an accident on the job. Although your first thought might be to file a worker's compensation claim, some injuries might not be mere accidents.

Tesla driver using 'autopilot' system crashes into fire truck

Tesla Inc. should perhaps consider a different name for its Autopilot driver-assist system, since many people associate the term "autopilot" with a system that completely takes over for human beings.

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