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December 2012 Archives

North Carolina roofer nearly broke after compensation denied

Over the last year, much attention has been given to the epidemic of employers who do not purchase workers' compensation insurance policies in North Carolina. Although a lot of attention has been given to legislative and legal efforts to punish these negligent employers, not as much attention has been given to the employees who suffer the most.

Family-based immigration policy and the needs of same-sex couples

The Republican co-sponsor of a federal bill known as the Uniting American Families Act has announced that she is committed to passing the legislation next session in one of two ways. The family-based immigration measure seeks to grant equal immigration rights to bi-national same-sex couples who wish to petition for American visas.

Major meat processor faces large fines for chemical exposure

When Greensboro residents make grocery purchases, they expect the food to be safe for themselves and their loved ones. At the same time, people may not immediately think about the safety of the workers who processed and packaged their food. One national chicken processing and distribution company is up against a series of workplace safety violations for exposing their employees to serious injury or illness.

One in four deportees have children who are American citizens

Recent statistics indicate that American families numbering in the hundreds of thousands have been affected by the deportation of a parent living in a household characterized by the mixed immigration statuses of its members. Specifically, more than 200,000 parents of American citizens were deported between July of 2010 and September of 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

What can employers do to limit risk of occupational asthma?

Over time, workplace safety officials have realized that some of the biggest occupational hazards are not necessarily the most obvious ones. As Greensboro workers may already know, many years of exposure to small amounts of certain chemicals can develop into a workplace illness requiring medical attention.

Influential groups push Congress on immigration reform

The largest Latino organizations in the nation have banded together to put pressure on Congressional members to approach immigration reform seriously and promptly. They have specifically warned that 2013 Congressional debates related to any immigration rules and procedures will be analyzed on a report card.

North Carolina lawmakers anticipate workers' compensation reforms

As North Carolina lawmakers wrap up the current legislative session and prepare for next year, many know that workers' compensation will be a hot topic. Between reports of thousands of employees without accident coverage and restricted access to public records, many workers are concerned about the assurance and protection they deserve while on the job.

Lawsuit honoring rights of immigrants moves forward

Protections and responsibilities outlined under American law are binding on all citizens. Some of these protections also apply to non-citizen immigrants and some do not. But other laws specifically related to visa and immigration matters uniquely protect non-citizens. When these laws are broken, non-citizens have every right to hold law-breakers accountable in court.

Changes expected after North Carolina landscaper dies on the job

The death of a North Carolina national parks worker has elevated the importance of improving the safety during park maintenance. Now, seemingly benign tasks may undergo examination to ensure that workers receive the protection they deserve.

New STEM bill could help families of legal immigrants

In September, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the STEM Jobs Act. However, it has been refashioned and the House passed the new measure just last week. Originally, the bill was focused only on expanding green card access for international students pursuing advanced technology and science degrees in the U.S. The original bill did not address concerns related to family-based visas for spouses and minor children of those students.