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October 2013 Archives

Contract mistake destroys football players' workers' comp claims

Have you ever taken a look at your employer’s workers’ compensation policy? You almost certainly haven’t, but this story might make you want to. Three professional indoor football players were just denied coverage for their legitimate injuries because their employer was confused about the precise legal requirements for a workers’ comp insurance contract.

ICE holds US citizen for 7 months, retaliates when she complains

A woman has filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement claiming they held her in immigration detention for seven months -- and when she sued to get out, they retaliated by senselessly trying to revoke her citizenship certificate.

Shutdown won't stop the fight for immigrant families, DREAMers

“They shut down the government, but they can’t shut down our dreams,” said one DREAMer at the Oct. 8 Rally for Immigrant Dignity and Respect on the National Mall. As you may know, eight members of Congress and some 200 other participants were arrested that day by the Capitol Police on charges of “crowding, obstructing and incommoding” access to the closed U.S. Capitol building.

Immigrant activists plan 5-day fast, sit-in at lawmaker's office

More than three dozen immigration activists descended upon the office of Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart on Friday in a protest action. Some plan to remain there, and to fast, for five days in an effort to pressure the lawmaker into working harder to get comprehensive immigration reform passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Diaz-Balart has long supported reform and is one of the “Gang of Eight” representatives in the House who worked to create a bipartisan bill that could pass muster. That group has shrunk to five, however, with Diaz-Balart the only Republican still on board.

Federal shutdown halts routine OSHA workplace safety inspections

Certain government functions will be continuing during the government shutdown, but basically only those functions that fit into three categories: 1) those that don’t rely on annual funding through the Congressional budgeting process, but have ongoing funding, such as Social Security; 2) constitutionally required functions; and 3) those involving emergency work necessary to protect human life or government property.

Green card holder? You qualify for the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” is set up to give Americans access to affordable health insurance regardless of whether they have a preexisting condition, have coverage available through their employers, or couldn’t afford health insurance in the past. If you’re a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., your green card makes you eligible to purchase insurance through the ACA’s online insurance exchange.