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Accidents happen, and when they happen in the workplace, they can leave you too injured to work. And missing work, even for a short time, can be devastating on your finances. Lucky for you, most employers are required to contribute to workers' compensation insurance policies and most people injured by on-the-job injuries are eligible for workers' comp benefits.

But do you have to file a workers' comp claim immediately? What if your injury or illness worsens over time? How long do you have to file a workers' compensation claim, and when is it too late?

Federal Judge Overturns NC Anti-Farmworker Law

North Carolina farmworkers are embroiled in a legal battle with the state legislature over whether an anti-union law adopted in 2017 violates civil rights laws. That law made it illegal for farms and labor unions to negotiate settlements involving union contracts, as well as for farmworkers to directly transfer parts of their paycheck to the union as dues, even if they agree to it.

Though the legality of this new anti-union law is still being debated in the legal system, a federal judge declared that it seems likely that the law is unconstitutional, and therefore barred it from being in effect while under legal review.

McDonald's Women to Strike Over Sexual Harassment

Would you like some fries with that shake?

Women around the country are all-too familiar with that pickup line, but it crosses over to sexual harassment if you're a McDonald's employee and it's said by your boss. Now, female McDonald's workers say they are tired of being ignored by managers when they report supervisors that have sexually assaulting them, asked for sex, or exposed themselves at work.

While we all know that lying is wrong, most lies don't become court cases. Judges aren't keen on resolving a spouse's unfulfilled promise of washing the dishes, for example. Even claims -- all evidence to the contrary -- that there will be a Broadway play and feature film about your life, complete with Angelina Jolie in the starring role and Steven Spielberg directing, are probably not going to get you into legal trouble.

Holding yourself out to be a Wall Street Journal reporter, and going to such lengths as to attend press events, interview subjects, and send billing requests to the company, however, will get you sued. But on what grounds?

SPCA Director Loses Wrongful Termination and Defamation Lawsuit

A New York court dismissed a wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit filed by Kerrin Conklin, former Central New York SPCA executive director. Conklin was seeking $4.15 million in damages, as well as reinstatement of her contract. The judge denied both claims, stating that Conklin was an at-will employee during the six-month probationary period in which she was fired, and therefore could be terminated "for any non-discriminatory reason, or for no reason at all."

What Is the Ministerial Exception?

In a nutshell, "ministerial exception" allows religious institutions of all kinds to be able to choose who their ministers are, even if in making such choices, federal laws are violated. That concept is something most Americans can somewhat agree with, given that one of the basic principles this country was founded on was separation of Church and State, as evidenced by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- Freedom of Religion. But this exception has taken on a life of its own, and some believe it has gone way too far.

Sometimes you might think getting paid under the table is the way to go. After all, it's (ostensibly) unreported cash, so no taxes, right? (Wrong.) 

Sure, there may be valid reasons why you want to be paid off the books, but no matter how good your reasons are, not reporting your income is, generally, illegal. There are plenty of reasons why employers would want to avoid under-the-table employees, and vice versa, but the tax trouble tends to be at the top of the list for both. 

Then again, employees getting paid under the table may be reluctant to report any labor violations, for fear of incriminating themselves (and for more than just accepting under the table wages). It is illegal for (most) employers to pay (most) employees under the table, but can you report them? And if so, how?

Beware of Summer Jobs That Abuse Clock-In Rules

With unemployment near record lows, an increasing number of teens are entering the workforce in the form of summer jobs. Excited to line their pockets with a little change, these new workers are eager to please employers and often don't know their rights. One of the major labor law violations they fall prey to is clock-in rules. What are these? If you have to ask, you may have already fallen victim to them.

Whether you're just getting your first summer job, or you're 20 years in to the workforce, you're probably missing those summer days when work was the furthest thing from your mind. It's no fun working when it feels like the rest of the world is playing.

And whether you have questions about how much you can get paid for working a summer job, or how long you can get paid time off during the summer months, we've got some answers for you. Here are some tips for summer employees, from our archives:

5 Questions to Ask a Workplace Discrimination Lawyer

There are a lot of ways discrimination can occur in the workplace. If you suspect it's occurring at your job, you probably have a lot of questions about the discrimination itself and what you should do. Here are five questions to ask a workplace discrimination lawyer.