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How Does the Unemployment Rate Affect the Social Security Program?

Unemployment and Social Security The unemployment rate across the country and in specific states fluctuates widely, based on a number of economic factors. Recessions, lower consumer spending and confidence, and other situations affect how many jobs are available and how many employees are terminated or hired. Higher unemployment can affect social systems. It can also […]

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My Child Has a Disability: Qualifying for Benefits

Do Children Qualify for Disability Benefits? Some Social Security Administration (SSA) programs are paid for by payroll taxes, which may create some confusion when a child is the disabled individual. Children don’t typically pay payroll taxes, but disabled children qualify for some benefits. Parents and caregivers may seek disability benefits for children in three situations: […]

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Are Volunteers Covered By Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ Compensation for Volunteer Employees There are a lot of organizations that depend on the act of volunteerism for a good portion of their workforce. Schools Non-Profit Organizations Eldercare Centers Hospitals Animal Shelters In fact, the latest report from the US Department of Labor states that roughly 62.6 million volunteered for an organization between September […]

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Keeping Smart Records to Help Your Workers’ Compensation Case

Documenting Workers’ Comp Records In an ideal world, any person injured on the job would be able to get the compensation they deserve. In reality, however, in order to secure benefits you must be able to prove your injury and your eligibility for benefits. Insurance companies check cases carefully to prevent fraud and unnecessary payouts. […]

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Firefighters and Workers’ Compensation: Advice for Heroes

Workers’ Comp for Firefighters Our nation’s firefighters have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Each day, these heroes race to save lives and enter burning buildings to rescue families. The dedication of these men and women cannot be overstated. When the worst happens and a firefighter is injured, where can they turn […]

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Miniature Horses As Service Animals

Miniature Horses do not come to mind when you think of the traditional definition of service animals. However, there is a specific provision in the ADA regulations which covers miniature horses. The ADA’s regulations allows trained guide horses the same access rights of guide dogs. What Disabilities Can A Guide Horse Help With? Miniature Horses […]

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What Can I Do If Workers’ Compensation Doesn’t Cover My Costs?

There are many reasons why some are awarded less workers’ compensation than they need to cover costs. Some of the most common reasons include: Not filing a claim quickly enough Having a doctor attest injuries don’t require more care Having a claim denied because someone was not sober at the time of the workplace accident […]

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What Will Happen If Workers’ Compensation Is Privatized?

In most states, including Pennsylvania, the majority of employers are required to have workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. Even small and non-profit businesses are required by law to carry this coverage, which offers benefits to workers injured on the job. Currently, many states have a system that is partly linked to the government and […]

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How To Get A Service Animal For A Disability

For those with disabilities, both physical and mental, there are a variety of means for getting assistance to help you cope, heal and live a pleasant life. There is medication, therapy, and lawyers to help your cause. One fluffy alternative is getting a service animal for your disability. What is A Service Animal? By definition […]

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Misclassification of Employees as Contractors

A Major Problem When Applying for Workers’ Compensation It’s your worst-case scenario: You’re injured on the job, but when you turn to your employer to get workers’ compensation benefits, you are told you don’t qualify. The employer has labeled you as an independent contractor and tells says you can’t receive benefits. Unfortunately, this happens more […]

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