Employment Law

In our present political situation, federal and state laws sometimes contradict each other. Currently, President Trump’s strict immigration policies are at odds with California’s “sanctuary state” policy. The state’s policy gives protections to undocumented immigrants and limits cooperation of local and state officers with federal immigration authorities. About 9% of California’s workers are believed to […]

On February 20th, a Senate committee narrowly approved a bill that would take out part of Florida law that lets employers deny benefits to injured workers who used other people’s Social Security numbers or identification to secure jobs. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved the bill (SB 1568) that would remove a 2003 provision […]

On Thursday, California’s District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Grubhub drivers are not considered employees, but contractors. As a result, food delivery workers do not qualify for worker’s compensation, overtime, minimum wage, or other employee benefits. This case is the first one to rule on the legal relationship between contractors and […]

On January 1, 2018, two major changes to California’s family leave laws went into effect. Now, California workers can get paid a higher percentage of their normal income when on family leave, and employees of small businesses can now get unpaid leave. According to these changes, when workers take time off to care for sick […]

Workers’ Comp Could Cover PTSD

Last week, legislation to extend workers’ compensation benefits to cover post-traumatic stress disorder for firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and first responders unanimously passed the first Florida Senate Committee. Currently, PTSD is only covered completely by workers’ comp in Florida if a worker suffers a mental injury along with a physical injury that needs treatment. Advocates argue […]

Hiring an Attorney Is Critical

If you’ve been injured on the job, you are entitled to submit a claim for workers’ compensation benefits from the state. In California, these benefits can include lost wages, medical treatment, and partial or permanent disability funds. You are much more likely to receive the benefits you deserve with the help of a workers’ compensation […]

Dial & Associates FAQ

  When potential clients call our law firm, Dial & Associates, with questions, we are happy to help. Our office is accessible in many languages: our staff members Maria, Jennifer, and Deanna speak Spanish as well as our attorney at law, Stephen Dial. Stephen Dial is also fluent in Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Italian. […]

Have You Hurt Your Back at Work?

Sustaining a back injury can happen in many ways, especially in jobs that work with equipment, machines, and on scaffolding. In these jobs, lifting or moving heavy objects can put excessive weight on your back and injure it. Repeating the same movements when working with machinery also puts your back at risk. In addition, tense […]

Have You Fallen at Work?

Every year, more than 200,000 workers are injured when they fall on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Falls can occur almost anywhere, from slipping on water and spilled ice on restaurant floors, to falling from ladders or roofing. If you’ve fallen at work, you need an attorney who understands workers compensation […]

A Subsequent Injury Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF ) is a monthly income from the State of California for workers who have had a workers’ compensation injury or other injuries or disabilities, whether or not they are work-related. SIBTF provides monthly financial support to Californians who have had previous health issues, such as injuries due to […]

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