It may seem hard to fathom, but Thanksgiving is now less than a week away. While this means time with family and friends, and, of course, a turkey dinner, it also means that the holiday shopping season will soon be in full swing. Accordingly, all of the major retailers are currently busy preparing various sales blitzes designed to capitalize upon the hard-earned dollars of shoppers over the coming weeks.
Every year, thousands of workers in all types of industries -- from offices to factories -- experience a pain, weakness and/or general numbness in their hands that not only affects their ability to perform their job, but their overall quality of life as well. For many of these workers, a trip to the doctor's office may verify what they already suspected: they have developed carpal tunnel syndrome.
Is an employee injured in an accident caused by a sudden syncopal episode -- i.e., a loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood flow to the brain -- entitled to workers' compensation benefits?
When you sit down to watch your favorite sports team here in Chicago, there is a very good chance that the last thing you are thinking about is the ability of the players to file a workers' compensation claim in the event they are injured on the field, diamond, rink or court.
Workers here in Chicago and across the state of Illinois routinely suffer debilitating musculoskeletal injuries. Typically, these types of injuries involve the neck, back, wrist, elbow or shoulder, and are brought on by a variety of risk factors, including tasks that require workers to take uncomfortable postures or make repetitive motions, or poorly designed workstations.
Whether it's helping stock a local food shelf or running a marathon to raise cancer awareness, there is perhaps no better way to boost morale and encourage bonding among employees than through charitable events. Interestingly enough, however, the mayor of one Chicago suburb is actively moving toward preventing a certain class of employees from participating in just such an event.
Back in November 2011, much of the United States watched in stunned disbelief as student protestors taking part in a peaceful demonstration at the University of California-Davis were hit directly in the face with a large cloud of pepper spray from a canister wielded by a campus police officer.
With the final day of the spring legislative session only weeks away, state lawmakers will be very busy in the coming days, holding committee meetings and taking final votes in both the House and Senate. One very intriguing bill that will likely come before both legislative chambers is Senate Bill 1708, which would essentially create a domestic workers' bill of rights.
Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are currently searching for clues following a fatal accident at a metals plant in a southern suburb earlier this month, the second fatality at that particular location in just 25 months.
Now that winter finally appears to be making its exit, it means that certain summertime activities can resume in earnest, including barbeques, baseball games, gardening, and, of course, road construction. Like it or not, the roads across the state of Illinois will soon be marked with orange traffic signs and narrowed lanes as road crews begin filling pot holes, repairing bridges, building roads and mowing medians.