When an employee is injured on the job, she or he should not feel obligated to keep the incident quiet. Any employer that projects such an environment may be held accountable if and when a workplace accident occurs, especially if the personal injury is seriously debilitating to the employee.
Illinois couples that are expecting a child have a lot on their plate. Plans are made for the arrival of the child, classes are taken to better understand the process of birth, rooms are painted, furniture is purchased, clothes are bought, and diapers are stockpiled. Some parents may even start a college fund or perhaps begin considering what preschool they'll attend.
Employers and business owners are always trying to cut costs. Especially in this economy, trimming the budget can make the difference between keeping the doors open or closing down for good. But one thing that employers should never skimp on is employee safety. And a new study should be a wake-up call to Illinois employers and employees about how to reduce workplace accidents.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed comprehensive long-term care rebalancing legislation that will protect senior citizens from neglect and abuse by family members, caregivers and nursing homes. As many elders are unable to speak out when they have suffered from nursing home neglect or abuse, these laws are critical to protect them and provide them with more dignity in their last stages of life. Several of these new laws are immediately effective, with the remaining legislation effective Jan. 1, 2013.
The FBI is investigating a former hospital lab technician who allegedly abused his position by infecting patients with Hepatitis C. As more is learned about this case of the "serial infector," residents of Illinois and elsewhere are concerned that they also may have been infected with this deadly virus. The man has since been indicted in federal court for fraudulently acquiring a controlled substance and consumer product tampering in the 31 known cases of Hepatitis C traced back to him.