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What are some common employment law contract terms?

There are numerous ways that businesses in California can seek to attract talent, and potential employees can negotiate the terms of their employment. The most common way is through the creation of an employment contract. Prior to entering into one of these agreements, it is critical to understand the types of terms that may be included in them. If you don't, then you may find yourself signing off on something that could end up working to your detriment.

There are many terms included in an employment contract. The most obvious amongst them are compensation and benefits, including paid time off, retirement packages and health insurance. Yet, there are a number of other terms that can be just as important to your future. For example, the determination of how intellectual property will be owned can be crucial. A term in an employment contract may state that an employer is the sole owner of all intellectual property created while an employee is employed, or it may provide carve-outs that allow an employee some leeway to create his or her own works.

Personal injury and the effects of a traumatic brain injury

A few weeks ago, this blog we discussed the costs associated with treating a spinal cord injury. While a spinal cord injury can certainly be catastrophic and life-altering, it is not the only type of harm that can completely upend a Californian's well-being. Traumatic brain injuries can also have a profound impact on an individual's life, requiring him or her to completely change the way he or she lives.

To start, a traumatic brain injury can cause significant damage to one's motor functions. A TBI sufferer may have trouble walking or controlling his or her limbs, vision can become troublesome and even identifying objects by touch can become difficult. These deficits can make what were once simple activities like getting dressed challenging or impossible.

Drunk drivers can cause all kinds of serious, preventable crashes

One of the biggest sources of risk for any driver on the road in California is the potential to cross paths with an impaired driver. Despite state laws making it illegal to get behind the wheel after more than a few drinks, a lot of people still choose to drive drunk. Those drunk drivers are responsible for a significant portion of crashes and collisions that occur in California each year.

Drunk drivers also cause a number of severe injuries and fatalities to other people. While you may understand that drunk driving is dangerous and choose not to get behind the wheel after imbibing, not everyone makes the same informed decision. The end result is that hundreds of people end up hurt or killed by drunk drivers in California each year.

When and to whom do overtime laws apply in California?

Many workers in California feel that they are at their employer's disposal. Oftentimes, this means that they feel obligated to take on extra work when requested, even if it means lengthening their day. These individuals may be afraid to turn down their employer out of fear of retaliation or termination, but others welcome the opportunity in hopes that they will receive overtime pay.

In California, individuals can only work up to eight hours per day, or 40 hours per week. Any work time over these limits should be compensated at one-and-a-half times the employee's hourly rate. Therefore, an individual who earns $10 per hour and works one hour of overtime should be compensated $15 for that extra hour of work. There are times when an individual must be paid twice his or her hourly wage, though, such as when he or she works more than 12 hours in a given day, or if he or she works more than eight hours on the seventh consecutive workday.

Costs associated with spinal cord damages can be enormous

Those individuals in California who are injured by the negligence of another can face a variety of harms. Some are lucky enough to escape a car accident with little more than a few bumps and bruises. Others aren't so fortunate. They may suffer from traumatic brain injuries that leave them cognitively, physically and behaviorally impaired, or they may wind up needing amputation of a major limb. These catastrophic injuries can completely change an individual's life, making it hard -- if not impossible -- for him or her to live what was once considered a normal life.

Amongst these catastrophic injuries are those affecting the spinal cord. These injuries can fall anywhere on a spectrum of severity, but almost all of them are severe. One may wind some impaired motor skills, while others become paralyzed from the injury down. While the physical limitations posed by these injuries are readily apparent, what may not be is the financial ramifications of treating them.

Distracted driving is a factor in many motor vehicle accidents

If you've driven in the Sacramento area lately, or anywhere else for that matter, you've likely noticed a number of motorists looking down at their phones while behind the wheel. Despite numerous public safety initiatives and laws aimed at ensuring attentiveness while operating a motor vehicle, the sad truth of the matter is that distracted driving, especially texting and driving, continues to be a major concern in California. Making matters worse, those who operate their vehicles while distracted can put innocent motorists in harm's way.

So just how dangerous is distracted driving? Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding motor vehicle accidents in 2016 revealed that nearly 3,500 people were killed as a direct result of accidents caused by distracted driving. Nearly 400,000 people were injured in 2015 due to this type of driving. One reason distracted driving is dangerous is the great distances that can be travelled within a short period of time. This means that a motorist who takes his or her eyes off of the road for a mere five seconds while traveling at 55 miles per hour can traverse the span of a football field without seeing what is happening on the road in front of him or her. Many motorists take their eyes off the road for more than five seconds and while traveling at much higher rates of speed.

Can a Facebook job posting get an employer into trouble?

The age of constant connectivity is upon us. We share pictures of our dinner with the entire Instagram universe. Politicians and celebrities make pivotal announcements via Twitter. And a growing number of Americans receive their news exclusively on Facebook.

Since everyone’s flocking to social media, it makes sense that employers would also use the platform to announce job openings. However, the manner in which they post such vacancies can be problematic. In today’s article, we examine important legal considerations of a Facebook job posting.

Wrongful death lawsuits often follow deadly California crashes

There's a degree of risk inherent to driving or riding in a motor vehicle. After all, you're traveling at high speeds in a machine built of metal, fiberglass and actual glass. Small mistakes can result in a vehicle hitting yours, a vehicle flipping over or even a vehicle suddenly leaving the road, often with tragic results.

There are many different causes of collisions. Sometimes, inclement weather affects both visibility and traction. Other times, a driver is at higher risk due to impairment by drugs or alcohol. Sometimes, it's exhaustion that leaves a driver vulnerable to oversight or mistakes at the wheel. Distraction, in the form of both mobile phones and other passengers, can also cause a crash. For those who lose a loved one, the cause is less important than the fact that the crash was preventable.

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