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November 2016 Archives

5 tips for avoiding crashes during the busy holiday season

The holidays can bring out the best or the worst in drivers. Getting into an accident means you might have to seek legal advice and go through the effort of negotiations or a trial for compensation, and that's something few people want to have to go through. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to avoid collisions with drivers who aren't being cautious.

Impact of ACA in rural areas

Tom Vilsack, the current Secretary of Agriculture, knows rural America. While ACA has been hotly argued about and, no doubt will be amended or modified, the Secretary explains the importance of ACA in rural America, including southside Virginia. Whatever Congress and the new President put forth, the ACA's key provisions: no exclusion from coverage for preexisting conditions, no lifetime cap on benefits, and the ability of families to maintain insurance on children under age 26; are crucial to everyone.  We have practiced in consumer bankruptcies for more than 35 years, in many capacities and on different sides, but unexpected health problems and expenses have always been a key factor hurting working people and their financial conditions. Since Congress gave in to the credit card industry and eliminated the principle of allowing a "fresh start", those medical issues are even more important.  Check out this conversation with the Secretary in The Daily Yonder from November 22, 2016. www.dailyyonder.com

Infrastructure improvements top ATRI autonomous truck to-do list

Road safety experts believe that autonomous vehicles have the potential to virtually eliminate traffic accident injuries and deaths, and the American Transportation Research Institute has been studying the impact that self-driving trucks could have on the logistics industry. The Virginia-based nonprofit organization released their findings in a Nov. 15 report. However, poorly designed roads and regulatory challenges are seen by the group as the biggest impediments to the widespread deployment of autonomous commercial vehicles.

OSHA record-keeping rule enforcement delayed

Enforcement of an OSHA rule related to injury and illness reporting will be delayed until Dec. 1 in Virginia and around the country. The delay is designed to provide time to clarify confusion as to drug testing employees after a workplace accident. One issue brought up by employers is that employees cannot be retaliated against for reporting injuries in the workplace according to the OSHA rules adopted earlier in 2016.

OSHA says workplace injuries continue decline in 2015

Virginia employees may be pleased to hear that workplace injuries and illnesses around the country have been on the decline. This is according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it indicates that the trend continued through 2015. The report said that there were three nonfatal injury and illness cases reported to OSHA by private employers per 100 full-time workers, the lowest such rate since 2002.

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