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July 2012 Archives

Greensboro worker crushed by truck trailer, dies at worksite

One Greensboro family is reeling after the unfortunate consequences of a recent industrial accident. According to reports, the local man was on the job when he became pinned between a semi truck trailer and the truck's cab. He was discovered by fellow workers and passed away onsite.

Details emerge about executive order to help illegal immigrants

One month ago, we mentioned a change in immigration policy that has the potential to affect many immigrants here in North Carolina as well as across the country. That change involves an executive order signed by President Obama that allows qualifying illegal immigrants to work in the country for at least two years and perhaps longer if they obtain an extension.

Retailer finally acts to prevent North Carolina heat illnesses

Not long after media outlets uncovered inhospitable working conditions at multiple North Carolina Dollar General stores, management has finally taken the right steps. Reports indicated that multiple stores were not air conditioned, which opened the door to a workplace accident in the form of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Immigration officials use tattoos to evaluate visa applications

Tattoos can be used to express affection, personal identity and group membership, among other things. But it is their ability to signal gang affiliation that is causing problems for immigrants seeking green cards. Applicants for lawful permanent residency are finding it increasingly difficult to convince State Department and immigration officials that their tattoos are nothing more than harmless ink instead of the markings associated with criminal organizations.

Summer job turns fatal for 15-year-old employee

Many North Carolina teenagers jump at the chance to find summer employment, especially in a tight job market. Obtaining these jobs serves as practical experience for future employment as an adult.

Despite ruling, General Assembly could craft new immigration law

The North Carolina General Assembly was understandably quite interested in the Supreme Court's highly important ruling in the case involving Arizona's controversial immigration law. In the past, the legislative body has indicated that it was going to postpone comprehensive state immigration rules until the court's decision gave it guidance on what measures would be permitted under the Constitution.

Computer Vision Syndrome: A different kind of 'work-sight' injury

Many North Carolina residents who spend their day working at a computer know that developing carpal tunnel syndrome is a major risk. In many cases, offices may not provide the proper equipment to prevent this painful workplace injury, which is caused by repetitive motion and improper body positioning.

North Carolina man's case could test bounds of immigration rules

Two weeks ago, we posted about President Obama's deferred action program, which allows certain illegal immigrants to remain in the country for a period of two years if they meet particular criteria. Among those criteria are requirements relating to an immigrant's criminal record. To be eligible for deferred action, a person must not have received a conviction for a number of misdemeanor crimes, a serious misdemeanor offense or a felony.

North Carolina workers' compensation bill limits transparency

The revelation that thousands of North Carolina employers were failing to carry legally-mandated workers' compensation insurance underscored an unsettling trend. Without this insurance, injured employees were exposed to the risk of not immediately receiving benefits necessary to make ends meet during the recovery period. Furthermore, the media's investigation into this problem showed that employers faced essentially no consequences for violating the law.