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Workplace rudeness might create more problems than expected

As you know, it is not pleasant to work with someone who is rude, condescending or abusive. However, rudeness in the workplace not only undermines productivity but can cause problems that affect your own wellbeing. You and other New Jersey residents may benefit from understanding the consequences of working with people who project their unhappiness onto others.

In a study cited by the Harvard Business Review, abusive behavior by a superior potentially did more damage than merely making the workplace unpleasant. In the experiment, 24 neonatal intensive care unit teams worked on a hypothetical situation involving a critically ill infant. Half of those in the study received neutral comments by a medical expert. In the other half, an expert insulted team members and questioned their abilities and professionalism. It may not surprise you to learn that the teams which endured taunts and insults performed poorly in comparison with the other teams. In fact, the fictional infant had a reduced chance of surviving when the teams experiencing demeaning and critical comments cared for it.

What to do if you sustain an injury on the job in New Jersey

Workplace injuries are all too common. In New Jersey, the law has specific protections for employees who suffer injuries at work. Some professions are more physically hazardous than others, such as construction work and work with heavy equipment. Other times, a workplace injury occurs due to a simple and unforeseen case of negligence, such as a slip and fall injury or unsafe working conditions in general on the employer's premises.

No matter how you got your injury on the job, the important thing now is to understand your rights under New Jersey law. You need to move forward to collect damages to compensate for your injuries so you can pay costly medical bills and make up for lost wages due to time off work. Here is some information about workplace injuries in New Jersey that can help you understand your options.

3 tips for driving safely in icy conditions

Winter weather creates challenging and dangerous driving conditions in New Jersey. Ice often forms on the roads and is a practically invisible hazard. It takes preparation and skill to navigate icy roadways properly. 

As it gets into freezing temperatures here, black ice can develop on the streets, especially on bridges and overpasses. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you get behind the wheel this winter: 

Avoid hurting yourself in a fall this winter

Winters in New Jersey can be harsh. Snowy and icy conditions often spell danger, whether you are at work or running errands during your personal time. You can do a lot to prevent falls this winter, but there are factors - such as a premises liability issue - that could create a dangerous situation for you and others.

Here, we will discuss your precautions to have a safe and slip-free winter, as well as the measures employers and property owners should take to protect people.

5 common workplace illnesses

You expect your workplace to be a safe environment. Depending on your occupation, you may or may not be in love with your job, but you probably consider it generally healthy and safe. However, no workplace is completely safe from potential environmental hazards or improper maintenance. 

Workplace hazards can not only result in injuries, but also illnesses. But what illnesses can develop at your job? Here are five common workplace illnesses you could be at risk of contracting in a harmful environment: 

3 common railroad injuries

Being a railroad worker can be dangerous; you are exposed to multiple hazardous conditions and risky tasks every day. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the railroad industry has a significantly higher fatality rate than the average rate in the private sector. 

When railroad accidents happen, the ensuing injuries are often severe and deadly. These accidents can result in lost work, financial devastation and a reduced quality of life. Here are some common injuries you may experience as a railroad employee. 

New Jersey motorcycle safety tips

As a motorcyclist, you are uniquely vulnerable on New Jersey roads. Without the same amount of protections or visibility as car drivers, you are more likely to get into an accident. You also have a higher risk of getting injured or dying because of a collision. 

It is crucial for you to be aware of motorcycle crash statistics, safety tips and helmet laws. Below is an overview of all this motorcycle safety information from the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety. 

Am I eligible for workers' comp benefits in New Jersey?

In many ways, workers' compensation is the great bargain that ownership and labor arrived at before our time. Companies today are required to carry insurance that pays employees if they are injured on the job in exchange for workers not suing them in court.

It's generally a fair deal. But, it's important to understand whether or not you are eligible under New Jersey law. The first step in determining whether you are, in fact, eligible is assessing whether you are an "employee" in the eyes of the law.

Saving money with a summer job? Be wary of workplace injuries.

Getting a summer job is a time-honored American tradition. No matter whether you're saving up for your first semester at college or just trying to help out your parents, nothing says you're on your way to adulthood like joining the workforce.

Unfortunately, not every aspect of employment is positive, and as you're building your résumé, you may experience the downsides firsthand. While having to get up on time and act responsibly can be unpleasant, they pale in comparison to the risks of workplace injuries that many teens face.

What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

Applying for Social Security benefits is complex enough without you having to worry about if you are applying for the right program. However, not understanding the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income can lead to a rejection.

They are similar in that they both provide monthly financial assistance to those with disabilities (using the same standard of qualification) and come from the Social Security Administration. When you apply for SSI, it also counts as applying for SSDI. However, the similarities end there.

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