In this this recent Orange County Register article about California’s equal pay rules, one local [employer-side] labor lawyer explains that he advises his clients to make their employees sign arbitration agreements, thereby preventing them from being able to sue if/when they have a legal dispute over their wages.
But here’s where he brazenly admits that things are tilted in his favor:
“People question whether arbitration tends to favor employers,” the attorney told attendees at a recent human resources conference. “I believe they do. I use the same arbitrators over and over, and they get paid when I pick them. They know where their bread and butter comes from.”
In other words, he is telling employers: Get your employees to sign away their right to a jury trial so that you can play fast and loose with a law you don’t like. And if you do have to go into arbitration, don’t worry because this arbitrator knows who pays his bill.
(Hat tip to Consumerist.)
BALDLY ADMITTED: Why businesses want consumers and employees forced into arbitration (Answer: Because it's a stacked deck against consumers and employees, and businesses know it.)
Fighting Financial Fraud
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 6
Salem Public Library,
Anderson Room B
Salem Public Library welcomes Ellen Klem, who will discuss steps we all can and should take to protect ourselves from becoming targets of consumer fraud.
Although aimed at a general audience, this presentation may be of particular interest to older adults, Oregonians whose first language is not English, and students who have incurred significant education related debt.
Ellen Klem is the Director of Consumer Education and Outreach for the Oregon Department of Justice. Her mission is simple-prevent financial harm to Oregonians.
This event is just one of a series of programs associated with a traveling exhibit, Thinking Money, that will be on display at Salem Public Library throughout September. Thinking Money is designed to teach tweens, teens and the adults in their lives about financial topics like saving, spending, and avoiding fraud. Thinking Money was created by the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
Mark Your Calendar for Year-End Shopping -- Weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving is when the best gifts are found at Empty Bowls! (Nov. 19/20)
Don't Pay a "Relief" Company to do what the feds will do for you for free
New data show student loan borrowers who pay for help shell out more than $600 on average for federal services they can get for free.
Student Debt Crisis and NerdWallet has released a new report,
Student Loan Relief Companies Cash in on Confusion
to highlight the predatory practices of debt relief companies. (Click the title above to read the full report.)
NerdWallet analyzed 6,363 survey responses from an email survey, with 6,230 of the respondents getting from an email from Student Debt Crisis, and 133 received the email through Higher Ed, Not Debt.
Homecare Choice Program lets you find options for home health care and other services to let you remain at home, such as personal care, household tasks, companionship, pet care, transportation and medication assistance.
The website asks a series of questions to help you figure out what services you need, and then it offers you prescreened (background check) and qualified caregivers from the Commission’s Registry Services.
And the site helps you with the paperwork you need to be a household employer of a homecare worker. For those who qualify, the state pays for the workers’ compensation coverage. The website explains how you can get a help to learn how to complete employer tax forms, pay the caregiver, withhold and report payroll taxes, and issue W-2 statements. (This service costs about $22 an hour for people who do not qualify for Medicaid).
Access www.HomecareChoiceOregon.com, call 1.844.494.4227
or send an email to email@example.com.
If you or a loved one is considering a nursing home, get their admission contract NOW, BEFORE you need it, and then read it closely so you can fix it before signing it
Advocate for nursing home quality offers tips on how to choose a facility
Aging Edge: Once you decide the place you want, is there anything important to consider during the admissions process?
Menio: One thing people should be aware of is admissions contracts almost universally have an arbitration agreement in them [in which people give up their right to sue the facility] and we tell people they should be concerned about that. If there was bad care, and you thought it was egregious, you wouldn’t be able to go to an attorney to file something. I crossed it out on the admissions form when I placed my mother, which you can do, but I think most people sign and they’re not even aware of it. It’s part of this big, long contract given to people who are under a lot of stress when coming in, and they just want to get it over with.
I have proudly supported Salem Harvest since before opening my own practice and continuously as a business sponsor since 2010 -- it's one of the best things going in this area. Nice to see them getting into a big story on preventing food waste.
This shouldn't be a partisan issue at all but apparently everything is these days, so this letter is only signed by 40 D senators, but should have been signed by all 100, since all Americans deserve the protections of the Constitution
August 3, 2016
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