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Hazard Pay for Heroes: Advocating Increased Pay for Those on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Healthcare workers and first responders are forced to report to work, day after day, to battle the life-threatening COVID-19 virus. Sadly, there is no legal requirement that their employers provide them with hazard pay, despite the grave dangers they continue to face. What is hazard pay and how can it impact the workers putting their lives on the line to help infected patients?

I got COVID-19 at Work; Do I Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?

What can you do if you contract COVID-19 while on the job? Even though you can file a workers’ compensation claim, you still have to prove how you contracted the virus. Those who have a greater exposure at work are more likely to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits than those who have the same likelihood of contracting the virus as the general public.

COVID-19 FAQs for Employees

COVID-19, also know as the CoronaVirus, is creating uncertain and unprecedented working conditions for employees. Workplaces are shutting down and temporarily laying off workers leaving many people with unanswered questions about their income and employment status. Many of these questions relate to the legality of situations. We’ve taken time to answer some frequently asked questions to ease your worrying during this troubling time.

Financial Struggles Due to COVID-19 Concerns? Unemployment Benefits May be Saving Grace for North Carolinians, But More Action is Needed

Given the recent pandemic due to COVID-19, many employees are concerned about their ability to earn an income if their workplace shuts its doors, or even if their hours are simply reduced – and rightfully so. Unfortunately, the law has some significant gaps when it comes to addressing such questions as these are unprecedented times that the law had not yet contemplated.

“Shifty” Employers Beware – inconsistent explanations for termination can prove discrimination even without “smoking gun”

The United States Supreme Court long ago realized that discrimination in the workplace occurs beneath the surface, as subtle as it is pernicious. How does a victim of discrimination prove the discrimination occurred when there is no smoking gun email or admission by an employer? The Supreme Court’s decision in McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, […]

Independent Contractor or Employee? How Do You Know Which You Are?

Unfortunately, determining whether is a worker is legally an employee or an independent contractor is not always easy. Different laws use different tests to determine whether a worker is an employee of an independent contractor. However, the tests have a few things in common. First, the worker’s agreement that he is an “independent contractor” rather […]

Independent Contractor or Employee? Why Does It Matter?

One of the most significant decisions a company makes about a worker is how to classify the worker. Is the worker an “independent contractor” or “subcontractor”? Or is the worker an “employee”? While these terms are often used interchangeably, the legal difference is significant. Generally speaking, employees have far more legal rights than independent contractors. […]

House Bill 2 Repealed But Challenges Remain for LGBTQ Community

The repeal of House Bill 2 ends a year of high drama in The Old North State, but many challenges remain for the LGBTQ community. Gone is the most odious provision of this notorious law. The clause prohibiting anyone from using a restroom other than that which corresponds to their birth certificate is history.