Why do I Have all of These Contracts?

Nov 25

How often should I be renegotiating my contracts at my job? I’m in my first position right now. I landed what I thought was an amazing position in the city, which is hard enough to get with years of experience and I got picked up right away. I should have maybe been suspicious at that point, but I just felt like maybe they saw something in me. Now, I’m not so sure.

The thing that’s making me reconsider is this contract situation. This is a full-time position, which I assumed meant there’d be only one contract signed at the beginning of the job and then I’d be set. But for some reason, every month or so, I have to sign a new contract, sometimes pretty dramatically different from my last one.

At first, these new contracts seemed to go in my favor. I’d get a raise or access to a new benefit or the potential for bonuses. All that stuff. But for the last six months (and I think this coincides with some slow times for the business), the contracts have mostly been taking more instead of giving more. I’ve had my pay cut twice, not because of mistakes (I was assured I was doing well) but simply because of “extenuating circumstances.” The bonus structure was removed. My hours have been cut, so now I’m on 29-hours. I lost my health insurance.

The job is still great in some ways, I’m still in the city and doing what I love, but I’m starting to worry. I’ve been here almost a year, and after these rollercoaster contracts, I’ve gone from a mediocre salary to a pretty good one to back to a mediocre one and possibly, with the next contract, a cut that makes it hard to keep up living and commuting around this expensive new city of mine.

I’m not sure what to do at this point. Is this illegal what they’re doing? I don’t even know if I’d want to go to an employment discrimination lawyer, but I guess I’d like to know if I had a case if I decided to do so.

Should I just refuse to sign any more contracts? Can they fire me for that?

I really need some advice on this stuff. Again, I actually really like this job. The work is great, and I get along with most of the people, even the ones pushing contracts in my face. I’m getting great experience, meeting people in the field, and I feel like there’s a career here for me. But I don’t know if I’m just fooling myself. I don’t want to lose this position, but maybe it’d be better to chuck it and look for something more straightforward, even if it was lower on the totem pole, or…and I hate to say this…outside the city.

Even thinking that makes me want to cry.

Hopefully, the company will start making more money again soon and the next contract will reinstall that old salary and the benefits. At this point, all I’ve got to go on is hope.

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The Numbers on Trucking Accidents

Sep 09

With its intricate system of highways covering vast swaths of the country, it is no surprise that the number of car accidents that happen each day in The United States is staggering. It is an oft quoted statistic that traveling by car is the most dangerous way to travel, but when the accident involves a semi truck, many more people can be affected. There are a number of reasons why a huge trailer may cause an accident, but many of these could be prevented by proper government or company responses.

According to ABC news in Wisconsin, a few weeks ago an 18-wheeler crashed into an overpass in Milwaukee that was not tall enough for the truck to safely pass under. Even though the overpass was marked with how tall it was, the driver of the trailer noticed too late that he was not going to clear it. The semi-truck driver was from Indiana, but he had made a wrong turn from his planned route and slammed into the overpass, missing his mark by over a foot. The driver of the truck, Curtis Stevenson, says that he did not notice the eight low clearance signs as they were crushed by the truck. The article states, however, that this was not the first time someone had hit that particular overpass. In 2012, there was a crash there involving a semi-truck that just barely wedged itself under the bridge and eventually drove off. Luckily, it seems like this accident did not cause any fatalities or serious injuries to the driver or others on the road.

Thankfully, no one was harmed in this incident, but it is not difficult to imagine that it could have easily caused a few fatalities. It is good that companies have routes pre-planned from the start, to make sure their drivers will be able to clear any obstacles, but local governments can help in this case by making the signage more visible above overpasses so that the truck drivers have time to respond properly. Adding more signs is not going to do much if none of them can be seen from far away. In addition, the driver who made the wrong turn ought to have particularly vigilant about overpasses. It could have been that he was sleepy or distracted, but regardless of what party was at fault, it always a good idea to contact a truck driving accident lawyer in the event of any crash.

Considering how dangerous highway accidents can be, particularly when a huge vehicle is involved, truck drivers should be highly trained professionals. Knowing where to look for clearance signage and being aware of the dimensions of your vehicle should be emphasized in training to prevent future accidents of this sort. State governments could also update the signage already there to ensure truck drivers can see it from a long enough distance away to be able to brake in time. Since this has happened before, it was not a freak accident; something needs to change.

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A Criminal Conviction Can Influence Your Divorce

Jul 27

Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, it doesn’t change the fact that there are legal matters to navigate through. The website hhzfamilylaw.com/divorce/ has enumerated some of the most commonly disputed areas of divorce, including child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division.

Since these are the major legal areas scoping separations, it is not surprising that these areas are also affected by the criminal convictions of one of the spouses involved. But how do criminal convictions affect divorce exactly? Well, that will depend on the kind of crime that has been committed.

Child Custody and Visitation Rights

If there is anything you need to know about these aspects of divorce, it is that the family court will always favor the best interest of a child. So, if a spouse has a criminal conviction, that will play a factor on whether it is on the best interest of the child to be with this parent.

This is because a criminal conviction can show that this spouse doesn’t have his life together, and therefore may not be in a position to take care of a child. Visitation may also be limited, especially if the child is a direct victim of the criminal conviction. Child abuse and domestic violence come to mind.

Child Support and Spousal Support

There are many factors that affect the amount of child support and alimony, and one of them is the parents’ capability to provide. A parent’s earning capacity can be influenced by a criminal record, and that’s why it can play a major part in the financial support calculations.

According to the website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, those who are found guilty of driving while intoxicated may face various penalties, such as fines reaching thousands of dollars. This can seriously affect a person’s financial standing and capability to provide for a child or ex-spouse. Also, there is the possible hardships of getting employment, casting more doubt on the person’s earning capability.

Property Division

Property division is not always affected by criminal convictions. Most of the time, it is a legal aspect that is only affected if it is warranted, like when the criminal conviction relates to properties in general. For example, if a spouse has a record of fraud, the other spouse may have a reason to doubt the amount of declared properties, because the spouse may be hiding some that he intends to not be divided upon divorce.

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Advantages of Having Breast Implants

Apr 27

Advantages of Having Breast Implants

Deciding whether to get breast implants or not can be difficult. After all, we are talking about your body here, and making changes to it may give rise to ethical and medical issues. But these are just minor step backs to the amazing advantages of having breast implants. The advantages may be on your body, mind, or both.

For your Body

Breast implants may correct the symmetry of your breasts, especially if they have sustained changes due to things like breast cancer and the procedures associated with it, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss. Having symmetrical breasts has its own benefits, like how they fit easier on bras and bikinis without the use of uncomfortable forms.

Implants also make your breasts bigger and more appealing. This is done in a way that doesn’t look over the top, so you don’t have to worry about looking too unnatural. Breast implants involve calculated procedures, taking into consideration your preferences and the medical professional’s recommendations.

Implants are not just about sizes, because they are also about shapes. The medical professionals will make sure that your breasts don’t just look bigger, but also firmer for a healthier look. This perfection in both size and shape will make you look good in whatever clothing you choose to wear.

For Your Mind

Looking good in whatever piece of clothing results into confidence. Of course, you shouldn’t rely on your looks alone for confidence, but they do help in establishing and solidifying a positive impression in yourself.

It can also be argued that breasts are significant signs of femininity, so it can be said that those who have breast implants may feel more feminine because of the improvements in their breasts in terms of symmetry, size, and shape.

Implants are not for Everybody

Some women don’t like the idea of going through procedures or inserting something unnatural inside of them, which is just as understandable as those who like the idea. They want to go all natural, even though it means that the symmetry, size, and shape of their breasts are not perfect.

The important thing is knowing that your body is not the only important aspect of your being, and your breasts don’t define who you are as a woman, or even as a person. But getting breast implants is an option available for those who may want them.

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Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Feb 04

Traumatic brain injury occurs when the brain has sustained damage due to excessive force. This injury is mostly sustained in traffic accidents, sporting activities, slip and fall accidents, and acts of violence on the head. The injury becomes more tragic if the carelessness and negligence of another party is at fault.

Traumatic brain injuries can be classified depending on its severity. It can be mild, moderate, or severe. To know what kind of traumatic brain injury is sustained, an individual can look for the signs listed below.

Mild traumatic brain injury
A mild TBI, also commonly called a concussion and a minor head trauma, may occur if the confusion, disorientation, or unconsciousness has lasted for less than 30 minutes. The first signs of a mild TBI are dizziness, headaches, memory loss, nausea, and slowness of thinking.

But even mild traumatic brain injuries have severe effects, such as sensory problems. Victims may suffer from vision problems, hear ringing in the ears, and taste something bad in their mouths. Mental problems are also common on patients. The most common mental problems include irritability and mood swings, difficulty concentrating, sleeping disorders, and feelings of anxiety and depression.

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury
If a person has been unconscious for about 20 minutes to 6 hours, he or she may have suffered a moderate traumatic brain injury. The injury sustained may be considered severe if the unconsciousness has lasted more than 6 hours.

Moderate and severe TBI share the same entry in this list because their symptoms are mostly the same. The only difference is their severity.

The physical symptoms of moderate to severe TBI are the same as those from mild TBI, but on a more serious level. Dizziness and nausea may result into vomiting, headaches become persistent, and the patient may experience seizures. The patient may also have body coordination problems, or worse, physical paralysis.

The sensory problems associated with these kinds of TBI are also more serious. Partial or total loss of vision, hearing, sense of smell, and sense of taste are not that uncommon. There may also be difficulties in reading, writing, and speaking.

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