The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has already established standards to protect nurses against violent patients in San Diego and across the state. National Nurses United is now asking that safety standards be established across the country. Over the years, thousands of nurses have been seriously injured in assaults by patients, and many could not return to work. The employee rights for these workers is a significant concern. Recently, a nurse in another state was a victim of an assault.
Starbucks is considering its options to improve worker safety after learning of almost 4,000 signatures on an online petition. Those who signed the petition claim that their employee rights to safe work environments are violated because of exposure to used needles that are discarded in bathrooms. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workplaces in San Diego and other cities nationwide must be free from recognized safety hazards.
Workers nationwide, including San Diego, California, are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages -- and more in some cases -- if they suffered work-related injuries. These employee rights to benefits are based on a no-fault system, meaning that they can file benefits claims even if they were at fault. A recent case in another state demonstrates that even if a judge throws out a fine issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it will not jeopardize the injured worker's rights to compensation.
Victims of on-the-job injuries in San Diego might not understand how California workers' compensation benefits work if their employers offer them jobs while they are recovering. A doctor might order restricted duties, and if an employer makes such an offer, it must be for a job that meets the restrictions set out in a doctor's report. If that is the case, employee rights allow the worker to accept or reject the offer within a predetermined time limit.
Members of the California workforce know that a workplace accident can happen at any time. For this reason, it is crucial for them to understand their employee rights when it comes to workers' compensation benefits. To avoid delays in benefits payments, it is essential to get medical attention immediately, and even go to the hospital if necessary. The next step is to inform the employer of the injury as soon as possible.
Certain locations of Cheesecake Factory restaurants were recently found to be in violation of proper employment practices. Several California locations of the restaurant were investigated and were found to be guilty of employee rights violations. The Labor Commissioner's Office awarded janitorial workers after the investigation was concluded.
In recent years, the gig economy has expanded across several industries as technology changes the way people work. Gig economy employers have relied heavily on the use of independent contractors to make their services available at affordable prices. However, some of the workers say they are being misclassified and are being denied their employee rights. A recent California Supreme Court ruling sided with the workers, saying that they should be offered the same benefits as employees using something called the ABC test standard.
Sexual harassment has no place in the work environment. In California, one of the basic employee rights is the right to be free from harassment and discrimination. There are current laws in place against the practice that require training, but a recent proposed state bill aims to strengthen the policy.
Every person will likely experience a sickness that takes him or her away from work for a time, especially during cold and flu season. For some, time away from work can represent a financial hardship unless they are able to take paid leave. In California, the Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act was enacted to offer paid leave to all employees, so employee rights to paid leave are now protected in the state.
Truckers are claiming that employers use independent contractor designation to avoid paying minimum wages and giving sick days. The situation is so bad at California's Los Angeles Port that many truckers have filed over one thousand suits for wage theft and have gone on strike at least four times. The City Council recently decided to support the movement for employee rights and is considering blocking those trucking companies that choose to use contracts instead of hiring their workers.