Legal Things You Need To Be Aware Of At Work

Whether you’re running a business from home, from an office or you’re an employee – your job is (hopefully) something you enjoy doing. When talking about the law, many people’s faces glaze over – it’s not the most fun subject. However, it’s one of the most vital things that you have to be aware of whether you work for yourself or others.

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Employees

This is more concerning if you’re the one doing the hiring. There are two main things that people can, and do, lie about on their resumes; the first is eligibility to work in the country. Reference check every prospective employee, request a copy of their ID and ask to see the original, the same goes for a visa – get familiar with the different types of visas. This may seem invasive, but it’s your neck on the line if you don’t.

The second thing to be aware of is qualifications – so many people lie about any grades they achieved, or whether they have the experience at all. As the owner or manager, you have to be aware that this can happen. The simplest way to check these is to quiz them in the interview. If it’s a high school or college that you think they may be lying about, call the school and ask for a reference – they have records of past alumni, and you’ll be able to find out pretty quickly if they achieved what they say they did.

Office Legality

Legal practices within the office come in different shapes and sizes, from health and safety to individual practices. It is your responsibility as an employer to ensure the safety of your staff and to make sure those practices are being followed by everyone. As an employee, you have the right to speak up if you think that any legal practices that supposed to be followed, aren’t.

This also applies to any fraud that goes on within the company. Computer fraud is a federal offense and has to be taken seriously by everyone. As an employer, by utilizing computer security and having regular database checks seen out, you can prevent fraud.

Contracts

As an employer, you have had these contracts created and signed by yourself and your employee. And you have to ensure that they are being carried out to the letter. If you have specifies that an employee is entitled to four weeks of holiday, for example, then you have to give it to them. If you have stated a deadline to a client – you are legally bound to meet it.

All employees should be aware of their entitlements; by reading the contract fully, and keeping a copy for reference, you know what you are allowed, and what you have to achieve. If the contract says that you have to meet a certain amount in profit to gain a bonus, then you can’t complain if you don’t meet the target and miss out.

Traffic jam all over the metro!

Wow! It seems like every Filipino is out in the streets doing some Christmas shopping or going somewhere. EDSA has become one big parking lot! The MMDA is doing everything they can to alleviate the problem but my guess is that there is just too many vehicles out in the streets and not enough space for them to go through. Double parking in almost every side street is also a big problem. Side streets can be used as short cuts/alternate routes but since small streets can only accommodate one lane due to double parking, traffic jams are also the result.

You can’t go anywhere without being stuck for hours in traffic!

My sisters and I went to Divisoria, the cheap shopping mecca of Metro Manila, last Saturday morning. We were two blocks away from the 168 Mall but we got stuck in the middle of a traffic jam. We stayed on the same spot for close to 30 minutes before a traffic aide appeared and helped with getting the vehicles move.

I am no traffic expert but my suggestion is to use every available employee of the MMDA this holiday season. There should be at least one MMDA per number of meters and tow every damn vehicle parked on side streets! Another suggestion is to limit ownership of cars. A family of four should not have three to four cars because one should be enough for them and two is already convenient.

Airline executive went nuts over nuts!

Korean Air

I am sure you have heard by now the news about a Korean Air executive who went nuts over nuts! Yes, you read that right. A Korean Air flying out of New York had on board the airlines’ vice president on cabin services. She was served nuts not on a platter but still inside a packet. Angry over the oversight of the senior cabin crew member, she made a scene. According to reports, she insulted the crew and even forced him to kneel.

Then, she made the pilots turn the plane around to go back to the airport terminal and let the crew off the plane.

What a power-tripping woman! The crew might have made an oversight on first class cabin protocol on serving nuts (of all things!) but it didn’t merit that kind of reaction from her. Even endangering the whole plane when she made it turn back.

According to news reports, she already resigned from her post in Korean Air and even issued a public apology for what happened. She is reportedly going to be sued for the incident.

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Investment scams

An evening news report aired a few nights ago made me think about this post and sharing it with all of you. It’s about investment scams, those “double your money” schemes that so many people still fall for.

In a gist, there were several people who were made to believe that the money they gave a company would double just because. Hearing the word “double” made them lose their senses and they gave hard-earned money to the company obviously operated by unscrupulous people. After amassing large sums of money, the owners of the company disappeared!

You know what made me really angry? One victim was interviewed and she said that the money she gave, invested in, the company was money earned by her sister who was working abroad, an overseas worker who was earning through blood and sweat! Can you imagine the anguish of that OFW who was not told that the money she was asking her sister to save for her was now lost to some scammer?

Please don’t fall for any kind of “double your money” scheme. There is NO way that your investment will double just like that! Unless you are a loan shark or a drug dealer, your money won’t multiply in any kind of investment out there. Just like that! You will have to wait for a long time before you will be able to earn so much from your investment. Don’t believe in promises that all you have to do is trust them with your hard-earned money and a couple of days after, it will be given back to you double the amount. Totally BULL! It’s fraudulent and you are better off investing your money in a business you know a lot about.

Interest and dividends are earned over time, in small amounts unless you invested millions. Keep that in mind!

On the Sandy Hook shooting…

UPDATE: I read from eonline that Morgan Freeman didn’t actually release any comments on the Sandy Hook shooting. The statement below was no more than a hoax.

BUT…

Don’t you think it still makes sense?

I am not going to delete this post because I do believe it makes sense.

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I got this from the page of Police State USA: Land of the Checkpoints. This is Morgan Freeman‘s take on why the Sandy Hook Newtown, Connecticut shooting happened, as well as those other equally horrific shootings that took place in the past. Here’s his take on why it took place…

You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem.

I am not sure if Mr. Freeman really gave this statement. But once you’ve read the whole statement, you must admit it makes sense. No name, no picture, no mention of the killer because it will only bring on the notoriety that they so crave the most before they did the horrible crime they committed. And so are the others before and who will follow him.

Let’s concentrate instead on the victims, their love ones, and the community as a whole suffering and in shock over the crime committed against them.

Unconcerned over what’s happening around them.

I know some people don’t really watch or listen to the news but I just find it funny how those who are active in Facebook (and I mean those posting every few hours daily!) would completely ignore the important stuff happening around the world, or even in the country they live in.

I just find it insensitive at times.

Maybe this is just me but at least say something, or at the very least stop posting wacky photos when the world is grieving over something horrific that took place.

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