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September 2012 Archives

Bill to raise number of STEM visas for immigrants not passed

Not far to the east of Greensboro lies the Research Triangle, a region encompassing a collection of high-tech businesses and exceptional universities. Congressional legislation has the potential to increase the number of foreign students with advanced degrees who can work at those companies, but the latest attempt to raise the cap on STEM visas was unsuccessful last week.

Teamwork could improve worker safety at construction sites

Whenever construction accidents result in serious injury or death, employers should always be looking for ways to improve workplace safety for their crews. A recent construction accident, involving heavy machinery, serves as a reminder that simple safety measures can go a long way to protect the safety of North Carolina workers. When safety precautions fail, however, workers' compensation benefits are often a welcome financial safety net.

North Carolina sheriff allegedly exhibited anti-immigrant bias

The enforcement and adequacy of our nation's immigration laws have been at the forefront of political debate in recent years. The issue has produced a divided spectrum of opinions, from those who advocate for greater leniency to those who push for stricter policies. Wherever one's sympathies lie, however, it is axiomatic that the laws be administered fairly and evenly.

North Carolina electrical worker fatally shocked at worksite

Anyone who has worked with live electrical lines knows what kind of danger exists. This is precisely why electrical workers deserve to be adequately trained and provided with safety equipment in order to minimize the risk of catastrophic injury on the job. As one North Carolina man's family discovered, even being cautious doesn't always prevent workplace accidents from occurring.

ICE: Immigrants in North Carolina protest will not be deported

Last week Charlotte played host to the Democratic National Convention, and immigration issues featured prominently in some speeches given on the convention floor. But immigration concerns also were expressed on the streets of the Queen City. A number of undocumented immigrants traveled across the country in an old bus and arrived in North Carolina to coincide with the DNC.

Federal officials may permit compensation for 9/11-related cancer

This week, people throughout North Carolina and the rest of the country will once again mark the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Over a decade after the horrifying events, many who were at Ground Zero are still reeling from the effects of that day.

Immigration reform a pressing issue for North Carolina farmer

"It was either go overboard, get arrested, or jump on the ship," said a North Carolina farmer. He was talking about his ancestor who came over from England nearly three centuries ago. "He got on the ship, and this is where he ended up." That man began an American dream that has blossomed into 3,000 acres of farmland and a local cotton gin used to clean the cotton harvested from the fields.

NFL team tried to punt on workers' compensation benefits

Now that the Labor Day holiday has come and gone, many in North Carolina are certainly anticipating the upcoming professional football season. As Panthers fans prepare to cheer on their team, one former player is lauding a victory of another kind. Tom Tupa, a former punter, won a workers' compensation case involving his former team, the Redskins, after it was disputed for many years.