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Talking to your manager about sexual harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace should never be tolerated, and should always be reported to the relevant manager so that it can be put to a stop. However, the act of making a complaint about sexual harassment can ignite fear in many people. Recounting an uncomfortable or traumatic event can be very difficult to do, especially in the work environment. Many sexual harassment victims also worry that reporting the incident could have negative implications on their career.

If you have experienced sexual harassment at work, it is important that you take the time to understand your rights. As a victim of harassment, you are legally protected from any form of retaliation. This means that if you suffer in any way due to reporting the instance of sexual harassment, you will be able to take legal action against your employer.

Property maintenance is critical for avoiding slip-and-falls

Running a business or owning a rental property is a time-consuming and expensive venture. Physical stores and offices can cost a lot more than just providing remote or digital services. That's because of the risk involved with allowing people onto a property that you own or maintain.

Those who make physical locations accessible to the public not only have to worry about how those facilities represent their business but also the potential liability those facilities represent. If someone were to get hurt while visiting a business or a property, the owner of the building or the property manager could find themselves in a legally vulnerable position regarding the costs associated with that accident.

The common causes of slip-and-falls in the workplace

If you have tripped or fallen in the workplace, you may have faced significant injuries, yet you still may worry about making a claim. It is important to remember that as long as you have suffered measurable damages as a result of an injury that occurred while fulfilling work duties, no workers' compensation claim is too small.

Many victims of workplace injuries are quick to blame themselves, and they use this as an excuse to not take action. You should take the time to understand how the law is in place to protect you, and remember that workers' compensation does not take into account who was at fault. It only measures the damages that occurred and provides monetary compensation for medical bills and lost wages.

Drowsy driving and the risk for car crashes

In New York and across the U.S., drowsy driving is becoming an epidemic. In a AAA survey, nearly one-third of respondents said that at least once in the past month, they drove while having trouble keeping their eyes open. Many drivers are not getting the seven hours of sleep every night that the CDC recommends, and some may have a disorder like obstructive sleep apnea that makes them tired even when they get seven hours.

Others ignore the side effects of medications like antidepressants, antihistamines and muscle relaxers. Others may take prescription sleep aids and yet ignore the direction that says they should sleep seven to eight hours afterward. A 2018 Consumer Reports survey found that one in five Americans who take sleep aids drive within seven hours of taking them. Some medications will interact with each other to induce sleepiness.

What is the definition of quid pro quo sexual harassment?

If you have had a disturbing experience at work and think that the experience qualifies as a type of sexual harassment, it is likely that you have started to conduct research on the matter. The law on sexual harassment in the workplace can often be confusing at first glance, but this should never discourage you from taking the appropriate action.

The phrase, "quid pro quo" refers to a specific type of sexual harassment. Quid pro quo is a Latin phrase that translates loosely into "something for another thing." In the context of sexual harassment in the workplace, the phrase refers to a person's abuse of their employment power in order to gain something of a sexual nature.

Drizzle linked to fatal car crashes

Car accidents in New York can be devastating and may cause people to sustain catastrophic injuries and even die as a result. Many factors, from increased distraction due to smartphones to outdoor weather conditions, can combine to make driving on the roadways a more dangerous experience. One study revealed that even light rainfall can significantly increase the risk for a dangerous or fatal crash. Rain, snow and ice can make roadway fatalities 34% more likely, according to a study from the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Even simple drizzle, where pedestrians may not even carry umbrellas, could raise the risk of fatal car accidents by 27%. The study analyzed data from 125,012 fatal crashes that took place in the continental United States between 2006 and 2011. The researchers also assessed factors like the volume of traffic on the road in order to isolate the impact of weather. The researchers used precise radar data to determine the severity of the weather conditions when each crash took place. This enabled the researchers to detect the rise in deadly collisions linked to rain falling even at a rate of a 1/10 of an inch each hour.

Swimming pool safety for older children

Parents of young children are typically extremely vigilant when their child is near a swimming pool. Younger children tend to have lower swimming proficiency, and they are of a much higher risk of drowning or slipping when in or near the pool.

However, older children with a relatively high swimming proficiency can also be at risk of poolside injuries. In addition, the tendency for parents to be less vigilant around their older children can increase their risk of injury. The following are some key guidelines on pool safety, as well as the actions you can take if your child was injured at a public pool.

Root Insurance surveys drivers on distracting behavior

Drivers in New York and across the U.S. are distracting themselves behind the wheel, even when they know it is wrong. Moreover, they tend to criticize others for the same reckless behavior they themselves engage in. This was the conclusion of Root Insurance's second annual distracted driving study.

For 47 percent of drivers surveyed, distracted driving was a top concern on the road. Ninety-nine percent acknowledged phone use as among the top three driver distractions. Yet respondents were found to use their phones for an average of 13 minutes a day behind the wheel. Nearly two in five drivers never put down their phones when they see police around.

How does harassment negatively affect the workplace?

In the workplace, there tend to be many unwritten rules in place that dictate behavior and interactions between employees. While some of these behavioral expectations may be superficial, there are some rules that all employees must adhere to without exception. For example, sexual harassment or discrimination is never acceptable under any circumstances.

When sexual harassment is tolerated or ignored in the workplace, it can have a negative effect not only on the victim but on the entire workplace.

How to avoid being wrongfully blamed after a truck crash

If you are a truck driver and you become involved in a crash, you will want to make sure you do certain things to protect you should you wish to commence litigation or if someone sues you. As in any motor vehicle accident and you are injured do not get out of the car until police or ambulance are on the scene. If you see the other vehicle(s) note the make and model. If you see the license plate jot that down. If you are physically able you should take pictures of the scene. This will help you whether you are suing or you are being sued as an employee for a trucking company. Depending on the circumstances there are many possibilities regarding who is at fault for the collision. It could be the fault of another party, it could be the fault of the trucking company, or it could be your fault.

It is important that, as a truck driver, you are aware as to what the facts are while you are at the scene.

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