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Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Employment | 0 comments

Various Protections Provided by ADEA

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits any discriminatory acts (based on age) against persons 40 years and older in matters wherein employment conditions or privileges are the issues; these, of course, include hiring, promotion, retention of employment, job assignment, compensation and benefits, training, layoff, and all other employment-related issues. The protection provided by ADEA is intended for both job applicants and employees and the Act itself applies to state and local governments, labor organizations, employment agencies and all private companies with 20 or more employees (this Act also provides protection for US citizens hired and working for US employers overseas, so long as no laws of that country will be violated by the Act).

ADEA offers protection against discrimination based on age as well as against any form of retaliatory acts. This latter protection is also provided by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it unlawful for an employer or manager to retaliate against an employee who: complains about age discrimination practices in the workplace; files a complaint to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) about a violation on any of the stipulations of ADEA (or other discriminatory acts based on other reasons); or, participates or testifies in an investigation or lawsuit proceedings regarding employment discrimination.

Some of the other types of protection that ADEA provides include:

  • The non-inclusion of age specification, limit or preference in job advertisements and notices, unless in jobs where age is a bona fide occupational qualification, such as an actor supposed to play the role of a young adult in a film
  • Strictly limiting inquiries regarding a person’s age (during job interviews) for lawful purposes, such as to determine the possible length of service a person may be able to render. This is applicable in jobs like an airline pilot or bus driver which requires a mandatory retirement age
  • Prohibition of offensive remarks about a person’s age, which may be construed as harassment (except when such remarks are made as offhand comments or simple ways of teasing and not as insults on the person concerned)
  • Prohibition on employers to deny older employees the work benefits that they legally deserve. However, since the law recognizes the fact that costs of certain benefits provided to older employees are higher than the cost of same benefits when provided for younger workers, the law allows employers, in limited circumstances, to reduce benefits based on age, so long as the cost of the reduced benefits to older workers and the cost of the benefits provided to younger workers are the same.

With regard to making remarks about a person’s age, the law firm of Cary Kane LLP explains on its website that if such remarks are made too often, leading to the creation of a hostile working environment or resulting to employment decisions that will demote or end the older worker’s employment, then it would be necessary to consult a legal counsel. Having a competent lawyer, to protect one’s rights, becomes more essential if the older employee gets to be asked to sign accept a severance package in exchange for signing a release form.

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in The Elderly | 0 comments

Outlook Grim for Kentucky’s Elderly

A report from the state adult protection agency estimates that there has been a significant rise in nursing home abuse and neglect incidents in Kentucky’s elder care facilities from 18% in 2010 to 28% in 2011.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services are only able to estimate the actual incidence rates from existing data gathered for the Elder Abuse in Kentucky report because many of these go unreported. As an article on the Sampson Law Firm website points out, many of the elderly are unable or afraid to report neglect or abuse, something that abusers and negligent nursing home staff count on, enabling them to act with impunity. This may be the reason for the escalating numbers in nursing home abuse despite increasing attention on the problem.

Kentucky has one of the fastest aging population in the US, which means that there are more people over 60 in proportion to its total population than most other states. This is a serious problem as Kentucky is also among the worst ranking states when it comes to elder care according to the United Health Foundation and the American Association of Retired Persons.

The elderly are among the most vulnerable population segments, especially if they suffer from physical and/or mental problems that make them dependent on others. While elder abuse is certainly not confined to nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, the abuse or neglect is more likely to go unremarked because they have been pulled out of a regular community.

There have been increased efforts to improve the situation for elderly Kentuckians as a result of the governor’s initiative towards nursing home reform following an article series in the Lexington Herald-Leader entitled “Voiceless & Vulnerable: Nursing Home Abuse” published in 2010. Gov. Steve Beshear put the machinery into motion that would improve the outlook for the elderly in long-term care facilities.

In the meantime, nursing home abuse is ongoing and needs to be addressed. If you suspect nursing home abuse as a friend or relative of a nursing home resident in Kentucky, report it to the proper authorities. At the same time, consult with a skilled nursing home negligence lawyer to help you build a personal injury case against the responsible parties.

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Insurance | 0 comments

Car Insurance in Illinois

The state of Illinois follows the modified comparative fault which means that you can get compensation seven if you have some fault for the accident, but the amount will be deducted by the percentage that is equal to your share of liability. However, if your liability for the accident is over 50 percent, you will not be given compensation under the Illinois comparative negligence law. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, it’s because of these laws that it is important to have car insurance to make sure that your well-being and property are covered in an event of an accident.

Because of the “fault” system that the state of Illinois follows, the person or persons who are liable for an accident is legally responsible for compensating those who have been injured or suffered property damage. This generally means that, directly or indirectly, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will cover for the damages and losses that the victims have gone through. Being the victim, you can get compensation is three ways: first is by filing a personal injury claim against the person or persons at-fault for the accident, second is by filing a claim to your insurance company (expecting that the loss is included), and lastly by filing a claim straight to the at-fault person’s insurance company. Chicago car insurance companies, just as with any companies is other states, have requirements. Illinois laws demand their motorists to have liability insurance, namely: $20,000 for death or injury of one person (whether you, a passenger, pedestrian, or another driver), $15,000 to cover for property damage, and $40,000 for injury or death or more than one person due to the accident.

As Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® have determined, it is more expensive to NOT have insurance rather than having one. Accidents can be very expensive, and being in one without car insurance can cause serious financial issues to you and your family. Being a motorist, you shouldn’t be getting car insurance just because the law requires it, but because you need to be financially covered for possible medical and repair expenses to yourself and other people should an accident occur.

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in The Elderly | 0 comments

What is Elder Law?

As the aging population grows, laws have been made to help them with issues that they may encounter. Elder law is the area of juridical practice that cover various categories, generally in order to provide legal services for senior citizens and even for young people who require special needs. When thinking about planning for living the remaining years of your life, it is important to know how the Elder Law could help you or just your loved one. Not having enough information when planning for the future often results to more problems.

Knowing what to expect and what you want to know before consulting with an elder law lawyer play a vital role in getting what you want. Because elder law can become complicated and confusing to those who are not really aware of it, it would be best to research more about the matter. Having the right questions to ask an elder law lawyer would help the process or planning easier and smoother. If you ask any Chicago elder law lawyer, they can attest that having a lawyer by your side can aid in determining the best option for long-term health care, evaluate your needs in connection with federal tax, Medicaid, Medicare, property laws, and social security. Furthermore, when you already have an understanding of elder law, you can easily talk with your Chicago elder law lawyer regarding the drafting of trusts and wills, and even advising you on how to move forward in accordance to present laws.

Various states can have their own laws regarding elder law, therefore it is important that you seek a lawyer who specializes and knows the laws in your state. Consulting with an elder lawyer would serve as understanding the guidelines on how to work through the health care system. Because elder law is a pretty new arm of law, there may be many changes and updates that would affect your case.

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Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Establishing Fault in Car Accidents

When you have been in a car accident, it is important to determine the one who caused the accident. Establishing who caused the accident would make filing for an insurance claim or a personal injury claim easier and smoother. If you were the victim or a careless or reckless action on another motorist, you have the right to file for an insurance or injury claim. However, what may complicate the claims would be the different laws and regulations the each state in the US has regarding car accidents and injury claims.

Being a victim who will file an insurance or injury claim, it is important to know how these different state laws will affect the case and possible settlement or compensation that would be given. In the state of Michigan, for example, a Detroit personal injury lawyer would inform you that you have three years to file a case against the person at-fault for the accident. This statute of limitations generally begins on the day of the accident, and exceptions such as not fully “discovering” any injuries until after the accident would alter the start of the statute of limitations. Additionally, Michigan follows the Comparative Negligence rule, which indicate that any compensation you will receive will be influenced or eventually reduced by the percent of liability you may have to the accident. Your compensation may be reduced depending on the amount of fault for the injuries, and even have a chance of being eliminated if the fault is determined to be more than 50 percent.

The comparative negligence rule is also applied in the state of Texas, and because this is required to be applied in personal injury claims, many insurance adjusters tend to use this argument in court. The difference between the state of Michigan and Texas when it comes to injury laws is that in Texas, you only have two years to file for an insurance or injury claim following an accident. Because this statute of limitation sets the time restraints of filing for a personal injury claim, immediately contacting a Houston personal injury lawyer to help you set up the case would ensure that your chances for compensation will not be lost. Furthermore, there are limits or caps on the amount of compensation you can be given, as well as the amount of settlement. This is another reason why contacting a lawyer who knows the state laws in your area is important before actually filing a personal injury claim.

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