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Understanding the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act

At the end of June 2019, a new law came into effect in Kentucky called the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act. This established additional rights for pregnant employees that can make their work experience easier.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and you have a job in Kentucky, you should gain a good understanding of the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act, as well as other laws. This will help you to understand your rights and to take action if you believe that your rights have been violated.

What you do to minimize harassment and discrimination at work

Every employer in Fayette and throughout the rest of Kentucky should provide a safe and healthy working environment for their employees. Employers can show their workers that they value and respect them and plan to abide by the existing employment laws by establishing and enforcing anti-discrimination and sexual harassment policies and training sessions.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), all employers should have documented anti-harassment and discrimination policies that their employees should be asked to read and sign off on. Those policies should outline what constitutes inappropriate conduct and should also admonish workers that no discrimination or harassment of any type will be tolerated in the workplace.

Federal Regulators Consider Changes to Allow for Flexibility with Hours of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) expects to publish a new proposed rule in the Federal Register on August 19, 2019 that would allow for increased flexibility for drivers that are caught in delays caused by unexpected traffic or at loading docks. The publication of the proposed rule in the register starts a 45-day public comment period.

Could an aggressive offensive maneuver defeat a bad-faith claim?

Insurance companies are often hit with bad-faith claims for a variety of reasons -- some far less valid than others.

When a plaintiff is alleging that a claim was unfairly denied, delayed or underpaid, you can take several different approaches to resolve the issue. In some cases, mediation or negotiation is appropriate. However, when a claimant is clearly exaggerating, presents conflicting information or simply doesn't want to negotiate in any reasonable manner, you may have to change strategies. It may pay to go on the offensive.

12 Landrum & Shouse attorneys named to 2020 Best Lawyers list

08/15/2019 - Landrum & Shouse LLP is pleased to announce that 12 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

What constitutes health care fraud?

Statistics seem to be lacking when it comes to how many medical providers and their support staff are charged with health care fraud each year. It's safe to say that only a fraction of them intentionally engage in such impropriety though. If you're unsure as to what constitutes health care fraud, many different actions fall under the umbrella of this crime.

Medical providers can be charged with health care fraud if they purposely misdiagnose a patient, especially if they end up ordering tests, procedures or performing a surgery that's not medically necessary.

Drivers should never cut off large trucks

A driver is about to miss their exit, driving in the left lane of the interstate. There is a semi-truck in the right lane. In a panic, the driver speeds ahead of the truck, cuts it off, and then slams on the brakes to slow down for the exit.

You see this all too often. It's one of the most dangerous things any driver can do. Remember, a truck might weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Even with excellent brakes and an attentive driver, they just cannot slow down fast enough to avoid a rear-end crash.

What laws do employers violate the most?

If you have employees at your Fayette company, then you're likely aware that you must abide by both Kentucky and federal laws. If you don't, then you could face penalties or get sued. Some companies don't take their time to learn these laws or purposely turn a blind eye to them. Some laws are more often violated than others.

Minimum wage requirements

Where are sexual harassment allegations most common?

Sexual harassment allegations can happen in any industry. Both men and women can be harassed, accused or falsely accused. It's important to remember that this happens everywhere and not to assume anything. People need to know their rights in various industries all over the state.

That said, some reports do claim that these situations present themselves most often in the media industry. For what it's worth, this report only takes into account other white-collar jobs. But, among those high-level jobs, the media industry sees the most reports.

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