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October 2016 Archives

How spousal abuse may make divorce difficult

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New Jersey and around the country, but the issue may be overshadowed by other causes like curing breast cancer. While that is of course a worthy endeavor, domestic violence is also a public health hazard. Statistics reveal that a woman is assaulted once every nine seconds while domestic violence hotlines in the United States get an average of 28,000 calls per day.

Prisoners and child support

New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that the Obama administration is planning to change the rules regarding child support for non-custodial parents who are behind bars. According to the administration, these regulatory changes would help prevent ex-convicts from being stuck with crippling debt upon their release that may be difficult to overcome.

NHTSA mulls new underride guard rules for trucks

One of the most severe risks posed by commercial trucks to passenger cars on New Jersey highways is the underride accident. This describes what happens when the smaller vehicle collides with the rear or side of the truck and goes partially underneath it, shearing off the car's roof and seriously or fatally injuring the car's occupants.

Safety issues commonly experienced on construction sites

New Jersey construction workers and others may be pleased to know that on-the-job fatal injuries reduced dramatically between 1973 and 2014. However, construction companies are still cited for thousands of violations annually by both federal OSHA as well as in OSHA state plan states. In both state plan states and those using federal OSHA standards, violations related to fall protection were the most common.

Homeopathic tablets for teething may cause illness or death

New Jersey parents of newborns and toddlers may want to know about a warning given by the Food and Drug Administration to Hyland, a manufacturer of teething tablets that are homeopathic. The FDA is reportedly investigating the deaths of 10 children and adverse events that may be due to the use of the teething tablets.

Labor Department report urges greater worker protection

New Jersey employees may be interested in a report by the U.S. Department of Labor that has called for greater federal oversight into workers' compensation. The report was prepared after a series by Pro Publica and National Public Radio led to 10 Democratic lawmakers writing a letter to the agency asking for more protection for workers.

Exploring safety risks to New Jersey health care workers

According to the Health Care Workers' Compensation Barometer released by Aon Global Risk Consulting, the frequency of workers' compensation claims in the health care industry has dropped one percent annually. The report analyzed data from 1,600 care facilities from around the country. It is believed that an aging workforce combined with workplace violence and patient handling issues may be emerging risks to watch in 2017.

How community property laws impacts residents

New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that any property that is acquired during a marriage is considered community property. Examples of community property may include any money that is earned by either party to the marriage or interest earned on money in a savings or brokerage account. A family home or anything purchased to furnish the home may also be considered community property. A court may also rule that property has become community property as it was commingled during the marriage.