How to Navigate Tech Overtime Work

I’ve worked in the tech industry for about five years now, and I still have trouble figuring out if I should have been paid overtime or not. For the record, I have not been paid a cent, either at my current job or my last two (which is the sum total of my tech world experience).

That is not to say I haven’t worked some crazy hours, but the laws can be so tricky with tech that it’s hard to know whether your employer is following the letter of the law or hacking the law to get a little more out of you for less.

So, to help my brothers and sisters in the tech world, here are some guidelines I picked up on the Leichter Law Firm PC page to help you find out whether you should be expecting time and a half for all that extra work you’ve put in the last few weeks.

First of all, if you’re on salary, that isn’t immediately disqualifying, but if you’re on a salary of more than $900 (or $913 to be exact) a week, then you won’t be getting overtime, no matter the hours. If you make more than $27.63 an hour, you also are out of luck. I actually make $30 right now, which is nice, except I’m just a tick over that sweet overtime pay.

Those aren’t the only factors, though. You can still get that overtime money if you aren’t involved in one of these key tech areas: systems analysis, designing or testing systems and programs, or some combination of those two. For systems analysis, that includes (and I’m quoting from the law firm’s text here), “consulting with users, or determining hardware, software, or system functional specifications.” For designing and testing, that includes (quoting again), “modifying computer systems or programs, which can include prototypes or user or system design specifications.”

Is that clear?

Basically, for your average tech supporter who is dealing more with mechanical issues and not on the design and analysis end, overtime is still out there waiting for you. But if you’re doing the bulk of your work with systems, well, that’s definitely more fulfilling, but you’re missing out on income.

By the way, manufacturing and repairing computers still get you overtime, so if you’re on that end, be sure to check your pay stubs.

I hope this article has been helpful. It turns out, after this research, that my employers were always on the up and up with me, and I never did deserve overtime (at least according to the US government). I hope the case is the same for you, but if not, be sure to get in touch with someone to demand that extra cash (and back pay). Because, hey, tech is hard, and you’ve earned it.

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Snow and Ice Removal Responsibility – Landlord or Tenant?

With winter just around the corner, it is important to know your responsibilities when it comes to snow and ice removal. Ice can pose a serious threat to those walking around after water has begun to freeze over. Ice can be hard to see and detect and it is more likely that this will cause someone to slip and fall. Ice under a layer of snow can be especially dangerous because it may be impossible to see. If you live in a rental property or you manage a property yourself, you may be wondering who is responsible for ice and snow removal. Well, the answer is not so easy – it depends. Depending upon in which state you live or in which city you live, you may or may have a local ordinance which specifies who is responsible for the sidewalks on your property.

Generally, property owners, property managers, or the leasing company are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of your apartment property and this includes de-icing sidewalks and pavements in the event of snow or ice. However, it might still be a good idea to keep a snow shovel handy- just in case. You may also consider reading through your leasing agreement to determine what your realtor deems the aspects of apartment upkeep they are responsible for. A landlord can specify in the lease who is responsible for snow and ice removal whether it is them or the tenants, but in multi-complex apartments, the landlord is often responsible for taking care of snow and ice removal because it can pose a serious risk for tenants if they slip and fall. For property owners, it is crucial to maintain a safe property to avoid a slip and fall incident and consequently, a lawsuit. We also offer services to remove snow from parking lots so that your tenants can safely access their cars and safely drive out of the parking lot. As a property owner, it is also a good idea to keep your tenants informed via email if there is going to be a snow or ice storm to take extra precaution to avoid accidents.

If you are in need of someone to take care of your snow and ice removal, Naperville snow removal offers services to take care of your winter needs. We believe that it is important for you to take a safe property and we are here to help you maintain safe sidewalks even on the coldest of days. We know how heavy the snow can be in Illinois and we are here to tackle the snow removal for you. We can clear your walkways, de-ice your driveways and sidewalks with non-toxic Safe Paw, and remove any other snow that you request. Contact us today or request a free quote to determine how we can best assist you!

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Amphetamines on the Road

Truck drivers cope with their intense working conditions in many different ways. Trucks are in many ways the lifeblood of America, moving food and supplies around America. The companies they work for are on tight schedules, and as a result, many truck drivers have to work 15-20 hours a week. To deal with these incredibly demanding schedules, many drivers resort to chemical stimulants to stay awake and alert on their routes. These stimulants can be as innocuous as coffee, but truckers also partake in harder drugs such as amphetamines to keep awareness of their surroundings.

The most concerning thing about taking stimulants such as amphetamines or cocaine to make it through a long shift is that, while they do make the user more energetic and awake, they can drastically affect perception and reaction to events on the road. This makes truck drivers much more unpredictable, leading to dangerous road conditions and even crashes.

This is to say nothing of the other methods some truckers use to get through a shift, which is much more concerning. Studies have found that many truckers use depressants such as marijuana and alcohol to make it through their long shifts, creating a much more serious hazard on the road. Alcohol and marijuana bring with them the same perception and reaction issues that stimulants do, but also greatly reduce the user’s awareness. They only increase and amplify the fatigue that drivers are going through a long shift experience, and make their driving much more hazardous for themselves and everyone else on the road.

Aside from being an immediate hazard on the road, substance abuse can have far-reaching consequences for drivers. Dependency is an issue with all of the drugs listed above, but it becomes much more likely when the user is taking the drug to cope with another stress in their life. Truckers who take drugs to cope with long shifts run the risk of becoming unable to work long shifts at all without the help of drugs.

While drivers shoulder most of the blame for irresponsible drug use while driving, it can’t be omitted that the reason that many partake at all are the extreme hours that many of them feel compelled to work. If truckers don’t work these extreme hours, they could be at risk of termination or not be able to pay off the lease on their truck. It’s understandable why some drivers feel the need to make the unwise decision to abuse drugs to make it through these shifts.

Truck drivers must be aware of other pathways they can take to avoid abusing drugs while on the job. The Department of Transportation recently mandated that all truck drivers be given a break after 8 hours of work and that a full work day could not exceed 11 hours. Truckers should be aware of these rules and exercise their rights whenever they feel tired. If a trucking company is pressuring its driver to exceed the 11-hour workday, the driver is protected under US law to refuse on the grounds of fatigue.

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Looking for tree care in Texas? Here’s what to look for…

The natural beauty of the state of Texas, particularly in the central regions surrounding the capital of Austin, Texas, can be admired by any seeing person. The citizens of Austin are used to seeing a broad range of different plants and wildlife growing around the developing urban center of town. Additionally, homeowners in the area are probably familiar with the growth of trees surrounding their property. While it may seem advantageous to attempt the removal or trimming of trees on your property, many would find that hiring an experienced professional can save on future costs.

Austin is home to a variety of trees and shrubbery, but Austinites need to look for an experienced service team that can tackle any issue related to the landscaping of their property. It is important to hire a tree care company that has certified arborists from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This is a distinction that not all tree service providers can claim, and it is wise to choose a company that has this very valuable certification. If the company’s staff is well-educated with multiple years of experience in tree trimming and other landscaping services, you can rest assured that your trees are in good hands. In regards to the health of trees on your property, the visual aesthetic of the property, and the safety of guests or family it is only logical to pursue the services provided by an experienced tree care service, rather than trying to do it yourself or hiring an amateur to care for your valuable trees. .

A professional tree care company will typically have services including trimming and pruning, tree stump removal, installation, fertilization, tree health management, tree inspectors, and many more areas of consulting expertise. For example, many people are unaware of pests that specifically cause serious harm to the health of trees around the state, but with skilled arborists, these pests will not have a fighting chance. Additionally, because trees growing in Austin are more susceptible to pollution in the forms of air, water, and soil, tree care experts can tell you the proper course of action to take to care for their trees. They are aware that because these trees grow in cities, they require unique methods of attention to have a successful life expectancy.

Tree care companies that that possesses a unique knowledge of local trees as well as an important certification from the International Society of Arboriculture, are the best teams to turn to for any job involving tree manicuring and health. A highly qualified team is conscientious of factors that can unknowingly affect the growth of a tree as well as many other little-known facts involving tree health. Continual commitment to the environment and the trees on your property are what set certified arborists apart from the amateur landscaper or the contractor who is just looking for a job to make money. Don’t put your valuable and beautiful trees in the hands of someone who does not know what they are doing. Make sure to hire a qualified, ISA certified arborist to do the work.

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Effects of License Suspension on Convicted Drunk Drivers

Driving while intoxicated is against the law, so doing it has designated penalties, such as fines, license suspension, jail time, and installation of an ignition interlock in your vehicle. There are many drivers out there who still do the offense despite the possible consequences, as if they do not understand how terrible these consequences can be even after paying the fines and completing jail times.

Having a drunk driving record may make it harder for them to find another job, especially jobs that require driving, like delivery services and trucking. But one of the most underrated consequence of drunk driving is the inability to drive because of a license suspension.

It is harder to get around

If you cannot use your own car, you will need someone to drive for you, but honestly, nobody has the time to be your driver. You will end up using the transportation options in your area. Public transportation isn’t always convenient. In fact, there are many instances where it can become a hassle. The packed trains are uncomfortable. You can get mugged in a bus. Waiting for the bus to arrive takes a lot of your time. All these inconveniences can build up and negatively impact your life.

It is harder to commit to responsibilities

You may be physically and mentally drained upon your arrival to your destination. This is tolerable if your destination is only a recreational area, but what if it is your school or workplace? Your performance can suffer, and you may face consequences because of it.

Responsibilities at home, like shopping for groceries, can be a lot harder if you do not have the privilege of driving. Failing to do household duties may also create tension.

You can get your license suspended for a longer period

The penalties of your DWI charge may depend on your previous record and the circumstances of your arrest. For example, doing the offense for the first time may result into a 6-month license suspension, but doing it for the second time may elevate that suspension to at least 1 year. That is at least one full year where you will have a harder time going around the city and committing to your responsibilities.

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Know the Forum Selection Clause in Cruise Ship Ticket Contracts

For almost two decades now, the cruising industry has continued to be a very lucrative business as the number of passengers only increases every year, already having at least 11 million passengers in the United States alone. Two major reasons that would explain the continuous growth in the cruising business are the exotic and beautiful cruise destinations and the major improvements on cruise ships, improvement that turn these into mini cities that ensure not only perfect fun but total comfort too.

Many of today’s cruise ships provide great fun and enjoyment, so that just being on one is already an experience to cherish. To make time at sea perfectly great, many cruise ships feature on board a duty free shop, bars, pubs and nightclubs, buffet restaurants, an aqua health spa fitness center, hair and beauty salon, indoor and/or outdoor swimming pool with water slides, cinemas, casino, gym, basketball courts, pool tables, ping pong tables, and other sports facilities, a library, a mini golf course, wall climbing and zip line facilities, and so forth. There is no doubt about the fun and adventure that a cruise holiday can deliver, provided that no tragedy occurs which can turn a jaunty experience into a nightmarish one.

Though cruise ship tragedies rarely occur, the effects can be devastating if one ever happens. While the usually identified causes of sea accidents are hurricanes, sea storms, rogue waves, collision with another sea vessel, running aground, striking an iceberg, attack by sea pirates, virus outbreak and fire, the most common injurious accident is slip and fall.

Slip and fall accidents can occur on the ship, on piers while a ship is docked, or during excursions on land, particularly while passengers transfer to the tender boat which will transport them to land. A tender boat is a ships’ boat service – it definitely provides lots of benefits but, sadly, causes a number of injuries to passengers too. Due to its small size (it can usually accommodate about 100 to 150 passengers plus about three crew members) a tender boat can easily be swayed by waves, making boarding or getting off it quite dangerous. In some instances, passengers have slipped, sustaining a leg or back injury, or falling off into the sea. In another situation, a tender boat was reported as having sped off from the dock, with its rope still tied to the cleat, causing its bitt (a post on a boat where cables or ropes are tied) to break loose, propel through the air, hit and cause serious injury to a passenger.

A slip and fall that can also cause mild to serious back injuries. In the event of an accident, however, filing a civil lawsuit for the compensation that a victim is legally allowed to receive is not simple. This is because besides the statute of limitation, or the duration of time within which a lawsuit will need to be filed, there is also the concern of jurisdiction, which means where a lawsuit may be filed.

Cruise ships indicate in their ticket contract the forum selection clause, which identifies the only place where a lawsuit may be filed; many cruise liners name the US District Court (in the Southern District of Florida) for this concern. If the accident occurred on land, during a shore excursion, however, then the details leading to the filing of a lawsuit can change altogether. Thus, due to the complexity and unique conditions of the maritime law, being represented by a cruise ship slip and fall injury attorney Louis A. Vucci, PA may be an absolute necessity, especially if the injured victim is not a resident of the state where the lawsuit has to be filed.

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How to Receive Compensation After an Accident in the Workplace

Accidents can happen at any time or place. Because there’s no reliable way to account for and anticipate when these incidents can occur, it’s always smart to take extra care when taking part in particularly risky activities. For some people, these risky tasks are part of their jobs. Individuals working in jobs in the construction and manufacturing industries are among the most vulnerable to accidents in their daily routines.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration names the following as just some of the most common accidents that happen in the U.S. Among the most common workplace accidents include incidents where workers slip or fall due to slippery or hazardous surfaces and become exposed to toxic substances. Other common causes of workplace injuries include repetitive motions and constantly lifting or carrying heavy objects.

While not all workplace accidents lead to serious illness or injury, most of these accidents do end up having a profound effect on an employee’s ability to perform their jobs. Serious medical conditions such as amputations and spinal cord injuries will clearly affect a person’s ability to perform the type of work they had done before their accident, leaving them without a proper source of income. Similarly, while not as alarming, minor injuries such as carpal tunnel also requires workers to take significant time off from work in order to properly recover. In both cases, these workers should be properly compensated by their employers through workers’ compensation benefits.

Regardless of the specific details, workers that have been injured on the job are entitled to receive compensation payments that would help cover expenses they’ve incurred for treatment and recover. Individuals currently in this situation can consult with a lawyer to help expedite to claims process.

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Available Damages In A Defective Product Claim

When a product is sold in the market, it is assumed that it is safe for use by consumers. Manufacturers have the responsibility to ensure that their products are tested thoroughly before being sold. If found unsafe, they also have a duty to inform the public about such defects and then pull out the product in the market.
Unfortunately, this has not been the case most of the times. Even if their product is defective, manufacturers still continue to sell their products without any warning to consumers. According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, defective products can result to serious injuries. The good news is that it is possible to recover damages from the manufacturer for any injury they caused. Let us breakdown the available damages you can get from a product liability case:

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory or actual damages are designed to compensate the plaintiff for their injuries. The sum of money helps the injured individual return to the condition they were in prior to the injury. Although it is unlikely for the plaintiff to return to their previous condition, the sum of money they will receive is considered as the “equivalent” to the value of the injury.

Compensatory damages shoulders economic and non-economic losses. The former refers to money or property that the plaintiff lost or missed out as a result of their injury. This includes medical expenses, cost of disability, or loss of wages or profits. Non-economic losses, on the other hand, refer to aspects of injury that are difficult to quantify, such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium.

Collateral Sources

In most states, there are laws that awards damages through deduction from money received by the injured person from health insurance and medical insurance providers. Some states also provide benefits such as income disability, Social Security, and worker’s compensation.

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How Some Drivers End-up Uninsured

With the exception of New Hampshire, all states in the US require drivers to carry proof of financial responsibility which is actually a proof of their capability to compensate an individual who they may injure or whose property they may damage in an accident wherein they are at fault. This financial responsibility may be shown by carrying auto liability insurance, by paying an uninsured motorists vehicle fee to their state’s to the Department of Motor Vehicles (as in the case of the state of Virginia if drivers wish to register their vehicle as uninsured), by depositing securities or money with the state treasurer (which is allowed in the state of New Hampshire), or by any other means allowed by the state. Financial responsibility, which is basically liability coverage, is designed to pay for another driver’s or person’s (the victim in the accident) bodily injury (BI), property damage (PD), and other costs or losses resulting from the injury.

The type of auto liability insurance that drivers need to carry varies among states; there are states which require the full tort insurance coverage and there are those that require the no-fault insurance coverage, which is also called Personal Injury Protection (PIP). The former, which is mandated in tort states, allows accident victims to bring legal charges against the at-fault driver to seek compensation that will cover cost of medical treatment, loss of income, damage to property, and pain and suffering. This compensation will be paid to the victim by the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. In no-fault states, however, it is the respective insurance providers of the drivers involved in the accident which will pay them the compensatory damages, regardless of whose fault the accident is. Besides eliminating the need for the victim to file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver, this system will also prove beneficial to the accident victim if the at-fault driver were either uninsured or underinsured, if the car used by the at-fault driver were stolen, or if the accident were a case of hit-and-run. No-fault insurance or PIP usually covers injuries suffered by the driver and his or her passenger/s, lost wages, medical and hospital expenses, and household-related services while the victim is recovering.

Besides mandating the carrying of auto liability insurance, some states also require drivers to have either the Uninsured Motorist Coverage, which is designed to pay for damages and losses caused by an uninsured motorist, or the Uninsured Motorist Coverage, which is supposed to supplement any insufficiency in the amount of compensation to be paid by the at-fault driver’s insurance provider.

Proof of insurance coverage is necessary whenever drivers renew their car registration or their driver’s license. What many drivers do is purchase a policy and then cancel it as soon as they have their car registered, thus ending up uninsured. The most common reason given by drivers as to why they would rather risk violating the law than maintain their insurance policy, which is actually financially wiser, is the high cost of premiums which, by the way, becomes more expensive if they have less driving experience or if they have past traffic violation records. According to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, there is a way for drivers to get the best insurance deal without hurting their budget: by asking quotes from independent car insurance companies for coverage that is according to their needs, situation and budget. This means, regardless of a person’s driving history, driving experience, or the model of car he or she drives, there is an insurance deal that he or she will be able to afford.

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How Dangerous Are Blood Clots?

It has been said that the body shies away from destruction. Everyone has that basic instinct of fight or flight and it comes from deep within. More than instinctual, the human body was born to fight to live. So when something as internal as blood clots happen, surely there are ways for the body to combat that as well?

Firstly, one must understand blood clots. This happens when the blood flow in a vein, for whatever reason, becomes stagnant and the blood congeals and clots within the vein, thereby stopping the flow. This could be due to a blockage (have you ever wrapped a rubber band around your finger only for the tip to go blue so quickly?) or simple lack of stimulation. The deep vein in the leg, for example, must be moved sporadically over a period of time in order for the blood to continue its circulation. If kept stationary for too long, the blood will cease to flow and this can cause a clot in the deep vein, thereby resulting into Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

DVT is often warned in long haul flights – otherwise known as flights that typically last for more than four hours – and passengers are advised to move around every so often in order to avoid this from happening. DVT can cause a series of medical maladies, including potentially fatal pulmonary embolisms – where clots travel to the lungs and stop the circulation of blood along that organ, thereby damaging it.

Smaller veins can usually repair themselves with no problem – such is the case with the temporary cut off of blood at the fingertips – and while there are known recoveries from DVT, sometimes it may be too late and the affected limb may need to be amputated in order to preserve the rest of the body.

This is only one example of how blood clots can be dangerous for the body as, according to the website of the lawyers with Habush, Habush, and Rottier S.C., sometimes even preventative measures such as Bard G2 IVC Filters (surgically implanted devices meant to capture clots by the inferior vena cava) may cause more harm than good, according to reports and complaints of affected previous patients.

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