Archive for September, 2010

Education Law Can Help Your Child

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

September1_1It is back-to-school time. For the most part, we have to give credit to schools and educational institutions for doing a great job. Sometimes, however, your student can be in a situation where their education is jeopardized.

Your child may need special education services but could be denied access to them by the county or school. Your child may be assigned to a different district, separating them from their peers, coaches and teachers. A school may decide to suspend or expel your child. If your child is in a special education program and their tutor is arbitrarily changed, it can negatively affect your child’s development. If not properly addressed, all these changes can have negative consequences for you and your child.

Education law relates to school systems and ensures that children are provided with fair education. Parents have rights to direct the education of their children, including the right to make sure their child receives special education.

Children with a learning disability need to be enrolled in an individualized education program (IEP). If the IEP developed by the school does not adequately meet your child’s needs or if your child has been denied access to IEP, an education lawyer can help you. An education lawyer can inform you of your rights and help you plan your child’s case. An education lawyer can also accompany you to hearings and assist you with the litigation process so that the unique needs of your child are met.

Education law can be complex since there are many aspects involved that can affect a child’s education experience. To ensure your child’s future, contact Attorney Search Network today. Attorney Search Network can help you find a qualified education lawyer in your area.

Are You Not Getting Paid for Working?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

September2_2Most employers are diligent about the boundary between work and pay. Some employers, however, do not honor California Labor laws and do not pay workers for the time or activity they should be paid for.

While The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protects workers from being deprived of fair payment by their employers for their time, wage and hour violations still take place in high tech industries, food industry jobs, construction jobs and hotel jobs.

To determine if you are not getting paid for working, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you staying and working off the clock to get things done?
  • Are you getting paid regular wages for overtime hours?
  • Are you given and/or allowed the time to take meal breaks?
  • Are you required to work off the clock?
  • Do you have to come in to work to set up before you clock in?
  • Are you classified as salary, but are treated like an hourly employee?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, your employer may be illegally holding back from paying you the wages you deserve.

It can be difficult and sometimes frustrating to recover wages from an employer. In most cases, employers use the defense that they simply overlooked payment and don’t admit to a wage and hour violation. In cases like these, it is advised to speak to an employment lawyer who has experience with wage and hour violations. Employment lawyers can look into what type of job was involved, how many hours you worked and how much you were paid for doing that work. Employment lawyers can also help you find out what your options are for getting fair compensation.

If you are not getting paid for working, contact Attorney Search Network to speak to an experienced employment lawyer. We can help you find an employment lawyer who can represent you in settlement negotiations and litigate disputes.

Work Related Injuries Do Happen

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

September3_3Most employers try to maintain safety at the workplace, but even under the best of circumstances, work injuries do happen. Sometimes work injuries are caused by accidents, while other time they are a direct result of negligence. Either way, having a workers’ compensation lawyer to help you with the system is important.

Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that provides compensation to employees who experience job-related injuries and/or illnesses. Regardless of who’s at fault, an injured employee should get workers’ compensation benefits under workers’ compensation law. In exchange for these benefits, an employee does not have the right to sue the employer in court.

Workers’ compensation laws constantly change and it is important not to rely on your employer to get that kind of information. Keep in mind the statute of limitations for your state. Employees are typically given 2 years to file a claim with the workers’ compensation department in their state. If an employee fails to file the claim within that time limit, they may be denied some or all benefits.

Don’t let this happen to you. If you were involved in a work related injury, contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who can help evaluate your case and make sure that your employee rights are fully protected. A workers’ compensation lawyer can research the law, interview witnesses, collect records, ad plan an appropriate legal strategy so that you can get fair recovery.

Attorney Search Network can help you find a workers’ compensation lawyer in your area. Contact Attorney Search Network today to be referred to a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer today.